BMW's First CarPlay Vehicles Now Available

BMW this week became the latest CarPlay partner, introducing the iPhone-based software system as a $300 upgrade option in its 2 Series vehicles.

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  • 230i Coupe
  • 230i Convertible
  • 230i xDrive Coupe
  • 230i xDrive Convertible
  • M240i Coupe
  • M240i Convertible
  • M240i xDrive Coupe
  • M240i xDrive Convertible
Leaked price listings in June confirmed BMW's plans to offer CarPlay in select vehicles in North America and Europe this year, with 2017 M3, M4, X5 M, and X6 M models expected to follow later this month.

BMW joins a long list of automakers that offer CarPlay, including Acura, Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Citroën, DS Automobiles, Ferrari, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Kia, Lamborghini, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, Porsche, Peugeot, Seat, Škoda, Subaru, Suzuki, Volkswagen, Volvo, and others.

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34 months ago

The 2 series is also front wheel drive and totally different experience for a BMW.


The 2-series shown there is definitely not front wheel drive. Most of the 2-series, the 228i, M235i, 230i, M240i are all rear-wheel drive. I believe you're thinking of the 2-series Active Tourer, which is FWD if I'm not mistaken.
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34 months ago
Now, if only Chrysler would get their stuff together. (I'm looking at YOU Jeep Wrangler!)
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34 months ago

This may just be me, but the car in that image is ugly.


It's just you.
[doublepost=1470087195][/doublepost]BMW and I will talk when it comes to the new 3 Series. Until then I'll just keep my trusty '06 330xi with the Pioneer CarPlay unit.
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34 months ago

It's not a Tesla so you're not wrong, but as far as dinosaur mobiles go, it's not that bad.


You guys need to get real. A tesla is a big super heavy car, this is a small lightweight car that's fun to drive.

Also, tesla is admired for its technology and not its looks. The current tesla, alright it was improved with the facelift, does look nothing like its price tag. Just look at the rear lights and the cheap interior.
I know firsthand it's an amazing car but being electric drive doesn't automatically make it look better.
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34 months ago
Anyone know if this is something that can be retrofitted into older BMWs? BMW updates their iDrive software all the time, and includes bug fixes and sometimes new features. (I have a 2016 X1 without CarPlay and would like to be able to run CarPlay as well.)
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34 months ago

This may just be me, but the car in that image is ugly.


It's not a Tesla so you're not wrong, but as far as dinosaur mobiles go, it's not that bad.
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34 months ago
Starting with the August builds, most of BMW's 2017 lineup is getting iDrive 5.0 which is required for Apple CarPlay.
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34 months ago
Being a BMW F31 owner, I have zero desire for CarPlay since using it on two hire cars over the past few weeks.

I was actually very excited to have it in my rental cars, but very quickly became disillusioned. You're forced to use Apple Maps which is terrible where I live, and I found the touch system, positive dangerous to use having to take my eyes off the road to use it.

I also found it jammed frequently and required disconnect and re-connection of the USB cable.

Ultimately, it's a dreadful system.

I agree the original iDrive system was dreadful but the latest incarnations are superb and leagues ahead of CarPlay. Anyone who says otherwise has never used one before. They are safe to use and very versatile with excellent features.

I had a play with a 2016 iDrive version with a 10" display and I was blown away. I don't even think it was the latest version. (eNBT). I have a CIC Business with just a 6.6" display and I would rather that any day over CarPlay.
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CarPlay is neat and obviously car manufacturers won't be too willing to retrofit into older vehicles. I wish my Honda would at least activate Siri from the steering wheel. I would be fine with that.


Of course they're not willing. It's merely a gimmick and won't have any impact on sales of a car if they don't include it which is why BMW haven't cared one iota until now to get it done.
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34 months ago

If you download the ordering guide PDF from that page you will see Carplay as option 6CP.


Okay, I see that now. Thanks. But like you I am not at all interested in ordering it if I am required to order the navigation system, also. One of the reasons I want CarPlay in the first place is to get away from car manufacturers' expensive, idiotic and ham handed attempts at implementing navigation.
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34 months ago
This may just be me, but the car in that image is ugly.
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