I am selling an iPad mini mount for a 2010-2013 Jeep Wrangler.
The exterior of the mount is made from ABS plastic, which you can paint if desired. There is a metal backing plate to keep the iPad in place, and a metal support bar on the top of the mount to add rigidity and strength. All parts of the mount that contact the iPad or the dash are covered to avoid damage. The mount is completely reversible and can be installed or removed in seconds. The mount is secured with a screw which attaches to the stock screw location in the sunglass holder.
The mounts can be used with the stock radio, however space is limited and how you hook it up (Bluetooth, audio jack, act) is up to you. In my Jeep I purchased a cheap ($90) JVC head unit with bluetooth and USB inputs because I needed pre-amp outputs for my amplifier. I plug my iPad Mini into the USB input in the head unit, which charges the iPad as well. I also purchased a connector to allow me to use my steering wheel controls with the aftermarket radio. In my Jeep I don't ever remove my iPad Mini, it is my head unit and stays in the Jeep. If you don't need the pre-amp outputs like I did the stock head unit will work fine. The iPad can be connected via Bluetooth, audio jack (90 degree adapter will probably be needed), or any other method I'm not aware of.
Here are a couple of quick videos
iPad Mini Mount Installation Instructions
Installing the iPad Mini into the mount
- Lay mount face down on flat surface
- Remove screw from the bottom of the mount
- Lift bottom edge of the metal backing plate just enough to insert the iPad Mini
- Adjust the iPad's position in the mount
- Reinstall the bottom screw
Installing the IPad Mini mount onto the dash
- Remove rubber insert from sunglasses holder on top of the dash.
- Remove screw found under the rubber insert.
- Place mount onto the dash and insert longer provided screw (if using stock radio be careful not to over tighten the screw, it may be possible for the screw to enter the top of the radio)
Things I’ve learned about having an iPad as a head unit
- In the summer the iPad can get hot and overheat if left in direct sunlight. Cover the iPad if you plan on parking in a sunny area. If the iPad does overheat just direct the center two air conditioning vents upwards towards the mount and turn the air conditioning on high.
- If your iPad is jailbroken, download the app “Activator” from Cydia. Create a custom Activator link to set the iPad to Sleep Mode with a long press of the Home Button. This is needed because the Power Button is not accessible.
- If your iPad is not jailbroken, go to Settings>Accessibility>Triple-click and choose the “Assistive Touch” option. With this option selected you can triple click the Home button and a glowing dot will appear on the home screen. When you need to turn off the iPad touch the glowing dot and select “Device” then “Lock Screen”.
Good Apps for an iPad head unit
- Dash Command (app that checks vehicle trouble codes, but needs additional hardware)
- iHeart Radio
- Slacker Radio
- Alarm Clock HD- Free (great looking clock interface which has adjustable colors to match dash)
- Vehicle Clinometer/ Tilt Meter (off-road Jeep tilt meter by Smittybilt, under iPhone apps)