iPhone 3G – Not Chargeable In The Car

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Yesterday I walked by the Apple store in Boca Raton, Florida and was shocked to see no line out the door finally.  I proceeded in and asked if they had the new iPhone 3G in stock, and they did!  Since there are reviews already throughout the entire world on the actual iPhone, I will not be repetitive and review it again.  Especially since I had to go back to the store 3 times to try and figure out why my phone kept locking up.  What I want to focus on here is the car charger.  When I bought my car, I was psyched to find that it came with a built in iPhone/iPod connection.  This connection was supposed to play and charge my devices.  It has been working beautifully for the last 4 months.  That was until I got my new iPhone 3G!

Upon plugging in my new iPhone 3G, I was greeted with a crazy message on the screen informing me that my phone would not charge with this adapter. I initially thought it could be a firmware problem.  Upon reading some message boards this is not likely a firmware issue. It appears that my older iPhone (the original one) charged via a Firewire pin out.  The new 3G can only support USB 2.0, which means it totally breaks compatibility with many of Apples other devices.  This 16gb iPhone I got, was something I was looking forward to using.  My previous 4gb iPhone only help upwards to 450 songs, so this new model with 4 times the memory should hold 1800+ songs.  Although it still holds the songs, I will never be able to play them all through my car, without burning the battery out during a long trip.

It is shocking that Apple wouldn’t discover this problem during developement.  If this was a ploy by Apple to make us purchase new adapters, it is a pretty adolescent move.  Spending $318.00 to upgrade my phone, and having me locked into another 2 year contract should have been enough.  Thumbs down Apple!


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