Fried My iPhone - 2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevrolet Corvette Stingray Long-Term Road Test

2014 Chevy Corvette Stingray: Fried My iPhone

November 14, 2013

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As soon as Kurt and Dan got back from their road trip, I made up some excuse to steal our new long-term 2014 Corvette for a long time.

On day 2, the C7 and its MyLink infotainment system fried my iPhone.

Halfway through my second day with the car, with the iPhone (5, IOS7) plugged into the USB input, the screen displayed what you see above. Music kept playing for a bit, and then it displayed this.

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And then the music stopped.

I figured it was just a glitch so I unplugged the USB and plugged it back in. That didn't fix it. Then I looked at my iPhone and the screen was frozen on the music player. Nothing responded and the phone was unreasonably hot to the touch. I unplugged the phone and let the battery die. When I booted it up, everything seemed to be working fine, but it was getting hot-to-the touch every time I charged it. I did a factory wipe of the phone and reinstalled everything which seems to have cleared everything up. I've yet to hear of anyone in the office having the phone overheat, but there have been reports of it failing to play audio over USB.

Yes yes, I should have used a USB drive, yadda yadda. But this system is designed to play music off of a portable device and an iPhone is a portable music-playing device. It should work.

As for using Bluetooth? No. I want to be able to select artist/playlist/album, not just move the tracks forward and backward.

Mike Magrath, Features Editor @ 2,819 miles

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