When I bought my 3g iPhone back in July, there was one thing that was really disappointing – my Audi A4, which came with an iPod interface, no longer charged the iPhone when plugged in. This was really annoying, as anyone with the iphone will tell you, battery life is already borderline, but 2- 3 hours playing music in the car, would mean it would no longer last a full day.
After much venting on various forums with other iphone owners who found that their ipod docks or in car systems also wouldn’t charge, it transpired that the NEW iPhone had slightly different charging circuitry to older ipods. To be fair to Apple, this had been announced to manufacturers 3 years before, but most had not revised their designs.
It has taken until now for someone to fix this. Step up Scosche, a company I had never heard of, to invent a solution. It’s basically a dock connector about 2cm wide and 3cm long that will make sure the old circuitry is “corrected” to enable any OLD appliance to charge the iPhone. This is available from the Amazon for just under £20. Buy Here!
The only problem I’m left with now is that I can’t shut the door on the glovebox as the iPhone now sticks out! Fear not, the solution this time – to buy a dock extender lead from Cablejive.