2015 Audi A3: Still Rockin' the 30-Pin
December 17, 2014
In 2012, Apple introduced the iPhone 5 which ditched the 30-pin connector and replaced it with the skinny, multi-directional Lightning port. It was a functional win, but apparently, Audi doesn't agree. Our 2015 Audi A3 still has a 30-pin.
A correct-for-the-times adapter is available, but Audi charges $81 for it. The 30-pin-to-Lightning adapter from apple is $40. Guess which one we bought?
At a time when nearly every other automaker has moved to USB ports, the fact that Audi is still using proprietary cables is silly. That they're still supplying the car with outdated cables is baffling.
(Note: Our 2015 GTI also suffers from this technophobia but that car's adapter is only $65...Hm.)
Mike Magrath, Features Editor