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Bentley Thinks Their Customers Are Using Old Crappy iPhones

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When I'm at the LA Auto show, I always like to really spend some time scrutinizing the details of the hyper-luxury car interiors. What do the verbena-scented fingers of true wealth like to touch? Inside a Bentley Mulsanne I learned one thing: they have shitty old phones.


At least, that's what they'd have to have in order to use the cable that comes with the car, which is now an over two-year old design that Apple doesn't use anymore. I asked a Bentley representative about it, and I was first told that many Bentley customers still have those older devices.

Right. Your average Bentley buyer is able to get a Bentley in the first place by saving money and sticking with their cracked-screen iPhone 4 with a funny rubber case that makes it look like an old Game Boy.


I told the nice, dapper Bentley man essentially that, and he said he'd check with some engineers to see when the new Lightning connector would be available.

He never came back.

Bentley's not alone here — I've been in a number of high-end press cars this year that are still stuck with that two-year-old connector. How hard is it to include the new cable standard? On many of these cars, the cables are detachable, even. I don't get it.

Anyway, Bentley, thanks for your help, and I'm looking forward to plugging in my fax machine in the back seat.