First dashboard iPad mini appears in Tampa just hours after the tablet's launch

First dashboard iPad mini appears in Tampa just hours after the tablet's launch
Putting aftermarket stuff in the car dashboard is a favorite American pastime, and the iPad mini got the treatment just hours after its launch today. Soundwaves of Tampa installed Apple's smaller tablet in a 2012 Toyota Corolla immediately to use it as the car's infotainment system.

The iPad mini is used to stream Pandora and iHeartRadio through the Corolla's sound system, probably getting its Internet fix via a Mi-Fi unit somewhere in the car, as the LTE version is still not out.

We've seen some crazy iPad-laden rides before, but this one takes the cake in speed of installment just hours after the iPad mini went on sale. Not bad for $329, and we are sure more such setups will be appearing in no time.


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iPad mini
  • Display 7.9" 1024 x 768 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 1.2 MP front
  • Processor Apple A5, Dual-core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 64 GB
  • Battery 4440 mAh

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31 Comments

1. ilia1986 unregistered

Well that's probably the best use of an iOS product - a car dash or a kiosk ad.

13. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

still better than an Android tablet... Shelves

15. SuperAndroidEvo

Posts: 4888; Member since: Apr 15, 2011

You are kidding right? I would love to put a REAL tablet like a Nexus 7 & then we would be rolling in high tech!

21. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

the N7 is a disposible tablet you cannot be serious about being a real tablet... is a budget tablet gets cheaper and cheaper as we speak..

25. Mark.J.Linskiy unregistered

People have already put tablets, such as the Nexus 7, into their dashboards. I don't see why it's such "news" when it's done with Mini.

24. nofear

Posts: 151; Member since: Jun 22, 2012

Not wanted to say that you probably to get lost in city.

2. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Great, another nincompoop driving around while texting, streaming, surfing the web...

14. gallitoking

Posts: 4721; Member since: May 17, 2011

ejum... he is on the passenger side

20. Droiddoes unregistered

You...you cannot be that dense. Seriously I mean you just...you just can't.

27. sprockkets

Posts: 1612; Member since: Jan 16, 2012

And the best part is a moron did it for his Corolla. Apple users and Toyota drivers go well together - both are lifeless appliances.

31. richardummie

Posts: 1; Member since: May 16, 2015

Androids are pieces of S**t compared to Apple. Also What do you drive? Yeah moron, a person like a "user and a driver" are lifeless applications. If you're trying to insult somebody, at least get subject within the noun correctly. Since your post was from 2012, hopefully you're dead by now to make way of doing society a big favor.

3. rawkuss

Posts: 29; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

The American Dream.

4. zackh121556

Posts: 130; Member since: Feb 01, 2012

The only thing worse than this story...is me taking the time to read it!...

5. Kronic

Posts: 321; Member since: Sep 11, 2012

Cool!!!!

6. asulect

Posts: 131; Member since: Aug 27, 2012

Applemap navigation?

7. lnguyen7186

Posts: 27; Member since: May 30, 2011

It is already installed in my Hummer H2 SUT and link with my Bose sound system. Nice!

8. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

I've been itching to do this with a nexus 7 since you guys showed that article a couple months back. Just cant afford it yet.

9. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

The picture of this idiot says it all. Typical fanboy.

23. natewood70

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

You are without question a complete idiot. That's the installer that created the flush mount, and the mechanism to put the tablet in the dash. Get your facts straight.

29. daddysbeenabadgirl

Posts: 157; Member since: Jul 26, 2012

Well it makes three f ags now... the owner, the installer and you. Don't get all butthurt becuase someone is talking about another fanboy, sorry I ruined your circle jerk.

30. natewood70

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 02, 2012

Yup, you're right. Because your original comment says "The picture of this idiot says it all. Typical fanboy." Clearly it shows you're not talking about the guy in the picture. Talk about someone getting butthurt? Ha! You get called out on a BS statement and get upset like a little B*$%h. I'm done with this, have fun trying to look tough online, dumb@$$.

10. jmoita2

Posts: 930; Member since: Dec 23, 2011

Another smart way to make sure you car gets broken into. Plain genius...

12. downphoenix

Posts: 3165; Member since: Jun 19, 2010

I would love to do a tablet dash, but I would need tablet to be removeable since I wont actually use internet connectivity for it, but just use it for music and whatnot, so it would need to be removeable so that I can load new music and whatnot for it.

16. cdgoin

Posts: 614; Member since: Jul 28, 2010

Ahh.. who cares.. or gives a rats buttocks?

17. haseebzahid

Posts: 1853; Member since: Feb 22, 2012

well then use apple Maps never never get lost on the moon by the way cuz it aint from this plannet :P

18. chemhaz

Posts: 161; Member since: May 04, 2012

Just buy a double din Android dvd headnuit with a removable android tablet, you get so much more out of it, like maps that actually work, SD card reader, DVD DVB DVR, 3G, WIFI, Bluetooth, you can connect your iCrap player/phone into it and so much more. Here is one of MANY examples. http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/In-Dash-Car-Head-Unit-CD-DVD-Player-Android-2-3-WIFI-3G-GPS-1Ghz-Tablet-DVB-T-TV-/181008081573?pt=AU_Car_Parts_Accessories&hash=item2a24ec22a5

28. nicholassss

Posts: 368; Member since: May 10, 2012

That thing is mad outdated. 2.3 really? probably no dev. support, cool idea, and about the same price as a custom job. I have a car adio buddy who told be I'd be looking at like 5-600 for a nexus 7 installed with an amp and some control doodad and a bespoke "stock looking" mount.

19. mydi.maus unregistered

so can you take a picture installed?hahaha

22. JewBakaUCFG

Posts: 176; Member since: Sep 25, 2012

So what happens when the iPad has an issue? Is it removable by the owner or do they need to take it to the customs shop that installed it? Or should Apple invest in Apple Auto Centers and start doing this themselves?

26. andynaija

Posts: 1242; Member since: Sep 08, 2012

Wait so how does it play music through bluetooth or something?

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