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So the iPhone 5 seems to fit perfectly just above the parking brake. Has anyone thought about putting in a plug to make it into a full fledged dock?
 

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Haha I made the same discovery a few weeks back! One big problem though, without a way to attach it properly -- first hard acceleration and the iPhone ended up trying to go into the center storage bin! Had it been open when I accelerated, it would have popped right in. Give it a shot :)
 

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MP4, really, I'll have to give it a try. It was really very snuggly in there for me.

What I was thinking of doing is splitting the USB-in into the car and wiring it under the the console and putting a little hole in under the brake lever for the Apple lightening connector and slapping the phone into that.

That should keep it wedged in there better, charge it, and make it available in IRIS. It's also a decent position to see the GPS.

My only worry is the next iPhone might have different proportions and I'd be poking holes in the console for no good reason.
 

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That is seriously awesome! I never even thought of that! Thank you!
 

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The only other problem with that location is that it makes it extremely hard to hit the Active button, and fiddle with the settings. Love it for temporary nav so that I don't have to yell at the OG capacitive touch screen built into the car, just as you show in the photo. If you go ahead with the Lightning installation I'd love to see the final pics!

On a similar note -- is there any good way to attach a Valentine 1 radar detector to the 12C without blocking much visibility? I tried using the suction cups up front, just above the center vent in the dash, but it never sticks for very long. Might just be caused by the Miami heat, but I've yet to see anyone with a V1 attached and would love any other ideas!
 

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The only other problem with that location is that it makes it extremely hard to hit the Active button, and fiddle with the settings. Love it for temporary nav so that I don't have to yell at the OG capacitive touch screen built into the car, just as you show in the photo. If you go ahead with the Lightning installation I'd love to see the final pics!

On a similar note -- is there any good way to attach a Valentine 1 radar detector to the 12C without blocking much visibility? I tried using the suction cups up front, just above the center vent in the dash, but it never sticks for very long. Might just be caused by the Miami heat, but I've yet to see anyone with a V1 attached and would love any other ideas!
I went this route.
 

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On a similar note -- is there any good way to attach a Valentine 1 radar detector to the 12C without blocking much visibility? I tried using the suction cups up front, just above the center vent in the dash, but it never sticks for very long. Might just be caused by the Miami heat, but I've yet to see anyone with a V1 attached and would love any other ideas!
You might consider using the visor mount, or possibly just above the rearview mirror if you can get a bracket off the rear view.

http://www.valentine1.com/V1Info/radardetectormounting.asp

That way it's out of your field of view, but you can just glance up to see the status/arrows.

That said, you might consider getting a builtin/integrated unit on the car, and laser jammers if you live in a state where it's legal (it's legal in most states). It will set you back about 2600-3600, and your Mac dealer can do the install. They can do an install right into your rear view mirror. The level of protection is pretty spectacular and you don't have to deal with dangling cables, etc.

You can see the integrated install of my system here:

http://www.mclarenlife.com/forums/mclaren-mp4-12c/2433-escort-9500ci-laser-interceptor-stealth-install.html

Good luck with it!
 

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I know it's the cheap interior, but I like it. I don't know why, but I'm really not into the carbon fiber finish's. The carbon fiber airbrake is something I would have preferred to do without. Funny thing too, my favorite rims are the diamond cut light weights (non flower) and the base rims. I like the look of the base rims a lot.

So two points from this. I have cheap taste! :) Or, I suspect the original aluminum/rims are what the designers came up with and then started pivoting design options around it. I'm going with the latter just to make myself feel better. :)
 

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I know it's the cheap interior, but I like it. I don't know why, but I'm really not into the carbon fiber finish's. The carbon fiber airbrake is something I would have preferred to do without. Funny thing too, my favorite rims are the diamond cut light weights (non flower) and the base rims. I like the look of the base rims a lot.

So two points from this. I have cheap taste! :) Or, I suspect the original aluminum/rims are what the designers came up with and then started pivoting design options around it. I'm going with the latter just to make myself feel better. :)
I feel the same about all that carbon. Interior looks too dark in all CF. The metal finish actually looks higher quality n sets the interior off better especially with stitching n tutone alcantera/leather option. You have a good eye
 

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iPhone 5 Dock for realz

So the guys at Philly Mac made this a reality for me. They roped a lightening connector from the center armrest glove box out under the parking brake.

Kevin "magic hands" H. fabricated a custom dock and got things snaked through. Matt G. and Chad rock for putting up with me and making this real.
 

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Looks great jkheit! Should be good for at least 1 more year til the iPhone 6 :)
 

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Agreed mp4G. I'm likely to keep an old 5s plugged in for data, songs etc.

I always have 2 phones, so I might get an iPhone 6 small scree (if it's the same size) and a large screen. Right now I have 2 5s'; on on Verizon, one on ATT (travel a lot and that way one or the other always works).
 

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So the guys at Philly Mac made this a reality for me. They roped a lightening connector from the center armrest glove box out under the parking brake.

Kevin "magic hands" H. fabricated a custom dock and got things snaked through. Matt G. and Chad rock for putting up with me and making this real.
If they could only make an app for the iphone to interface with my radar detector - that set up would be perfection.
 

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Here are a few more shots of the dock Kevin H. at McLaren Phili made for me. The felt'y fabric he put on the sides is great, it's really snug in there, and even during high G turns at the track, it won't budge.

Also included a shot of the small 3 port USB hub. It lets me plug in the iPhone dock, a USB stick and some 3rd device (like an iPod) simultaneously.
 

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nice spot to hold the iPhone charger.


Here are a few more shots of the dock Kevin H. at McLaren Phili made for me. The felt'y fabric he put on the sides is great, it's really snug in there, and even during high G turns at the track, it won't budge.

Also included a shot of the small 3 port USB hub. It lets me plug in the iPhone dock, a USB stick and some 3rd device (like an iPod) simultaneously.
 

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Thanks Aristo. It's really perfect for the iPhone 5S. Not sure what I'll do when the iPhone 6 comes out and its bigger/doesn't fit. But, for now it's perfect!
 

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For now you enjoy it then you trade the pre cut trim with someone who doesn't want the iPhone 6 :)

Thanks Aristo. It's really perfect for the iPhone 5S. Not sure what I'll do when the iPhone 6 comes out and its bigger/doesn't fit. But, for now it's perfect!
 
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