Review & Install Video
Hey, guys, Alex from americanmuscle.com, and today I'm bringing you my quick review and breakdown of the iPad Mini dash kit for the iPad Mini 1 through 4, fitting your 2015 through current S550 Mustang. So in this video, I'm gonna give a quick overview of who this kit's going to appeal to, the construction and materials that went into this, what you should expect to be paying. And then we're gonna take a very fast look at the installation of what's entailed where I'm gonna be giving this an incredibly easy 1 out of 3 wrenches on the difficulty meter, and less than 15 minutes to get this onto your car.
So if you're the 2015 through current S550 owner and you're not only looking to incorporate a ton of custom looks into your cabin but you're looking to seamlessly incorporate some of your most widely utilized applications, be it like Waze for navigation purposes or Pandora or Spotify for music, I would definitely suggest checking out this kit for your car. So this kit that I have here today in front of you is essentially gonna be a faceplate cover which is going to sit directly over your base or premium head unit, which again is gonna give you the ability to seamlessly integrate an iPad Mini into your Mustang, as well as having it tethered to your mobile device. Now one thing I will say right up front is that you will need to pick up a small Bluetooth transmitter, which is essentially gonna plug right into a 3.5-millimeter auxiliary jack which is essentially going to tether your phone to your iPad.
Now, again, that is gonna need to be picked up separately. And for guys out there that are gonna be running a backup camera, in order for them to essentially speak with each other, you will need to pick up a wi-fi integration device. But if your car wasn't equipped with a backup camera from the factory or if it's just something that you could do without, you honestly don't need to pick it up. But at the end of the day, it's honestly gonna be as easy as pulling this off of your dash in the event you need to have that camera when you're backing up.
So in terms of the construction and materials here, guys, it's evident right out of the box that this is definitely pretty well built and very solid. It's got a little bit of weight to it, but the real shocker was the neodymium magnets, or neodium [SP], if I'm saying that right, that come with this kit, which is essentially going to keep this in place so that if you're romping around in the back roads or if you're on the track, everything's gonna stay in place where it belongs. Now, looking closer, we'll see that this is gonna be manufactured right here in the U.S., as well as being comprised of an aircraft-grade acrylic material. Now, all the post production work like painting and finishing is gonna be done by hand, as well as coming with these two knobs right here.
Now, in terms of the looks department here, I think this is gonna complement the interior on the S550 pretty nicely. The paint that was used here matches pretty damn well with the OE finishes, but one little thing that kind of rubbed me the wrong way or at least just stuck out in the back of my head is that the plate itself is gonna stick out only a couple millimeters. That's just something that I found when we installed this on our Fleet GT here. And I would just keep it in the back of your head that while this is gonna be a face plate which is going to integrate an iPad Mini, it is gonna sit directly over the top of your base radio or your premium radio. So just something to think about at the end of the day.
All right, guys, so in terms of the pricing here, you should expect to be spending about 380 bucks. And don't get me wrong, I know it's a little bit on the pricier side, but you need to take into consideration that this is gonna be something that is made right here in the U. S., which is gonna install in seconds. Not only that, it's gonna be giving the inside of your Mustang an incredibly custom look, as well as giving you the ability to stream some of your favorite applications, be it Waze for navigation purposes, or Spotify or Pandora for music. Again, I do wanna throw it out there that you will need to pick up a separate Bluetooth transmitter which can be picked up almost anywhere and essentially will stick into your 3.5-millimeter auxiliary jack which will then allow your phone to speak with the iPad itself.
Last but not least here, if you are going to retain your backup camera, you can either do one of two things. One would be you pick up a wi-fi integration device, which will essentially mirror what your backup camera's gonna be showing onto the iPad itself. The second option, literally pull this off when you're backing up, if you have to have that there. But at the end of the day, it's really not that tough backing up in a Mustang, and I honestly think you can do without it.
So switching gears to the installation portion of the video, just like I had said up top, you're gonna be looking at an incredibly easy 1 out of 3 wrenches in the difficulty meter and less than 15 minutes to get this into your car. Now for a brand new Mustang owner, don't get me wrong, I know they're a couple years old now, there's absolutely no reason that you'd want to rip out your head unit. You don't need any type of cutting, splicing, have to worry about Bondo, have to do any kind of custom work on the inside. The easy install here is a massive selling point for me as it should be for any brand new Mustang owner, as there's literally nothing to it. To get this installed, you are simply pulling off your factory tuner and volume knob, putting this in place, sticking it back on, and you're good to go. Again, it does not get any easier than that.
All right, guys, so just to wrap things up here, some final thoughts. I definitely like this option for the 2015 through current Mustang, based on some of the obvious stuff we just talked about. The installation alone here would be enough to have me going out and buying this immediately, based on the fact that you're essentially pulling your factory knobs off, putting this in place, and you're good to go. Not only that, it's gonna be giving the interior of your Mustang a really trick customized look, as well as giving you the ability to stream some of your favorite music seamlessly, as well as using some of your favorite navigation applications.
So that's my detailed review and breakdown of the iPad Mini dash kit for the iPad Mini 1 through 4, fitting your 2015 through current Mustang, available right here at americanmuscle.com.