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Apple’s iPhone finds a home with Volkswagen’s iBeetle

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Apple’s iPhone finds a home with Volkswagen’s iBeetle
The Volkswagen Beetle and Apple iPhone seem like they belong together, like peas and carrots. So in a way, this announcement made by VW at the Shanghai Auto Show seems overdue.

When you think about what might go into an iOS integrated automobile, you might imagine a suite that rivals existing systems like General Motors’ MyLink or Ford’s Sync. The reality with this forthcoming iBeetle is a little less however.

The first thing about the new iBeetle is a dock for iPhone right at the top of the center console. As long as the iPhone has the right app installed, you will be able to play music, have messages spoken to you as well as take pictures.

Unfortunately, that will be about it. There will not be the tight integration as found in the competing infotainment systems. The iBeetle will be available as a coupe or convertible and will be feature some unique décor. It will reach the US market in early 2014.

sources: Autoblog via Engadget

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posted on 19 Apr 2013, 19:11 3

1. ZeroCide (Posts: 700; Member since: 09 Jan 2013)


I heard iBeetles have outdated user interfaces in them.

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 19:12 2

2. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Lol. End of life status before they're even born lol. Guess we call that an abortion eh?

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 19:14 4

3. roscuthiii (Posts: 1873; Member since: 18 Jul 2010)


Chick-phone for a chick-car???

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 20:13 1

4. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6732; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


iVolkswagon

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 21:13 1

5. moronman66 (Posts: 159; Member since: 09 Jan 2012)


Both items are heavily sought after by teenage girls, so I can see the success of this. Except not really. Really a small market for something like this...

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 21:33 1

6. Ninetysix (Posts: 1679; Member since: 08 Oct 2012)


Most cars nowadays have an ipod/iphone integration built-in. They even integrate with the car's stereo/navigation system with no 3rd party items needed. One of the advantages of owning an iOS device.

http://www.apple.com/ipod/car-integration/

Cars with built-in dock/ports for Android? --shrug

posted on 19 Apr 2013, 23:09 2

7. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Luckily I don't have a Volkswagen! xD

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 05:41

10. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


Your hatred for iOS is extreme , i think this iBeetle dock is an optional extra .
As for VW , get a polo sport 1.2TSI , they're good !
A Beetle is on a golf 1.4TSI price range but it has the engine from a Polo so not worth it

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 06:43 1

11. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


It was a joke, take it easy! You saw the "xD" right?

I didn't say I hate Apple, I didn't say I don't like Volkswagen! To tell you the truth, my dream car is Volkswagen CC!

It was a joke! Chill........ :(

Volkswagen is one of the car manufacturers I like!

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 10:11 1

13. papss (unregistered)


yeah I hate VW too ;)... actually I only like a few and it would be my Touareg, the CC of course and the ill fated Phaeton... my T is anything but reliable or cheap to fix but still love it.

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 10:52 1

14. xperiaDROID (banned) (Posts: 5629; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Good for you! Well, I'm only 14, so I need to wait for few more years so I can drive a car! lol xD

By the way, Touareg is nice and elegant, I guess that you're always in a good mood when driving it! :)

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 00:43 1

17. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


The Phaeton is trying to be something that it is not supposed to be , selling a VW on a S class price range doesnt really sound like a good idea . However VW group managed to bling it up and sell it as a Bentley which is successful .

I liked the polo sport because it has things that the competition doesnt have in the same class , and it seems more refined and grown up .

papss i dont know where you live but i am guessing you live in USA , i liked the European passat that we get here in Malaysia more than the American passat

the CC it does looks good but its in a C Class price range so i would rather get a Class because its better built .

toureg eh ? Q7/Cayenne on a budget

As for other VW , they just give me a meh feeling . For example the beetle is overpriced and the interior although looks good when you examine closely its just cheap plastic . The golf looks bloated .

Sorry for going out of topic as i know this is a tech site not a car site .

To XperiaDroid : Glad to see a car loving tech loving teenager living in the same country with me , i was like that too when i was your age

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 10:18

18. papss (unregistered)


all great points. yes my touareg is a Q7/Cayenne on a budget (if you want to call it a budget since it's still quite expensive). I'm fine with that as it's still very good quality. It's got a classy look that is understated. Yes I also live in the US. I agree most VW's I could do without and would never own but the three I mentioned were my favorites.
Also agree that your passat is better than the one that VW gave us which is the case with most cars, you typically get the better designed cars with better engine tech.

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 18:48

19. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


yup , i saw VW f**ked up their US models .

posted on 21 Apr 2013, 00:34 2

16. thelegend6657 (unregistered)


I know , just having a discussion and stating my point of view , sorry

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 02:25 2

8. niks0017 (Posts: 5; Member since: 06 Mar 2013)


wait for Mercedes galaxy s-class ;)

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 09:25

12. jsdechavez (Posts: 708; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


haha..nice one.

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 16:19 1

15. feres13 (Posts: 306; Member since: 23 Dec 2011)


I dion't think that a full leather interior with wood inserts and an alcantara roof will be a good match with plastic...

posted on 20 Apr 2013, 03:46

9. Dingy_cellar_dweller (Posts: 194; Member since: 16 Mar 2013)


Play music OK, what about hands free call integration, its not as if its a phone or something.

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