I understand that there is, or should I say will be, a cradle available to fit the iPhone 3GS.
The part number is 8P0 051 435 HC and it will fit onto the Gen 3 Bluetooth (low) adaptor plate which is located under the centre arm rest. The cost of the cradle will be around ?98 (GBP). The cradle will charge the iPhone and provide an enhanced signal using the car?s telephone antenna. It doesn?t provide a direct connection for the audio signals ? this is still done via a Bluetooth link.
I believe a few of these cradles may have been sold a few months ago but for some reason the stocks have been recalled by the manufacturer (Paragon) in Germany. I have been trying to purchase one of these cradles for the past three months from my local Audi dealers ? each time I?m informed they are ?on back order? and thus they cannot place an order for me. I have even cross-checked with Audi UK?s Customer Services department regarding the lack of availability.
The latest estimate I received (early in Dec) was that it ?may be available in February 2010?. However having received similar possible availability dates previously I?ll only be convinced when I actually see one.
As I said above no one has actually confirmed why the cradles have been recalled. I suspect it may be due to Apple changing the charging system between previous iPhone models and the iPhone 3GS.
I took delivery of my S-Line Q5 (my first Audi) last April. I have been delighted with most aspects of the car but find the ?roundabout problem? with the GPS very frustrating given the prestige nature of the car. I did note on this most useful site that a potential cure may now be available in the form of a firmware update (not maps). Perhaps it?s time for a call to my dealer?
Audi do seem to be extremely slow to produce cradles for the Gen 3 Bluetooth system. I realise that it would impossible for them (via Paragon) to produce an adaptor for the myriad of mobile phones around. However rSAP connectivity is supported by many Nokia & HTC telephones and is the enhanced connectivity system provided by the Bluetooth (high) Audi factory telephone installation.
When my Q5 arrived I had an HTC Orbit2 mobile telephone at the time and I tried unsuccessfully to purchase an rSAP adaptor. Frustratingly the only ones available were for Gen 2 Bluetooth fitments and, to this day, I don?t think a Gen 3 rSAP adaptor has ever been released despite promises from Audi.
It would be great if I could actually purchase a cradle before my mobiles are obsolete. Perhaps one day Audi will oblige
All I can suggest is that iPhone 3GS users lobby Audi about the current lack of availability of the Gen 3 cradle. Hopefully this may have the desired effect.....