Available for all Mercedes-Benz models except A-Class, B-Class, CLC-Class and G-Class, Mercedes-Benz has released details and pricing on its new cradle connection for Apple's iPhone. The cradle is installed in the center console and allows the iPhone to be easily plugged in with a single click and unplugged.
Once connected, either the phone functions or audio functions on the iPhone can be activated via the controls on the multi-function steering wheel. Meanwhile the vehicle display is used to indicate the phone status or music functions and information such as the track title and artist.
When inserted into the cradle, the iPhone automatically connects to the vehicle's antenna system for receiving radio programming. Also, the cradle automatically recharges the iPhone battery when the phone is sitting in the cradle.
The cradle connects to the audio system either via the optionally available Media Interface or the retrofittable iPod Interface Kit. Both variants use an integral adapter lead that has to be installed by a specialist workshop.
In Germany, the Apple iPhone® cradle retails at € 249 (including VAT) and is obtainable from all Mercedes-Benz dealers. The adapter leads for the Media Interface or iPod Interface are available for € 39 (including VAT) in Germany.