2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan Will Feature Wireless CarPlay Support

BMW today unveiled its 2017 BMW 5 Series Sedan, which will be one of the first cars to include wireless CarPlay support. According to press materials released today, iPhones will be able to wirelessly integrate with the BMW iDrive system, connecting to the car over Bluetooth instead of through a Lightning cable.

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CarPlay is available in the BMW 5 Series Sedan too. Integrating the smartphone into the vehicle's system environment allows the phone, together with any apps that are on it, to be operated via the screen in the car by means of the iDrive Controller or touch control. BMW is the first carmaker to integrate Apple CarPlay without any cables at all.

Wireless CarPlay functionality was first introduced by Apple in 2015 alongside iOS 9, but thus far, no in-car infotainment system has been released that fully supports the feature.

It is not clear why wireless CarPlay support has been slow to roll out, but Apple has prevented at least one company from demoing the feature. Volkswagen attempted to demo wireless CarPlay functionality in January of 2016, but Apple said no. It is not clear when Volkswagen will be releasing a vehicle with wireless CarPlay or when it will see a wider rollout to additional vehicles.

The current CarPlay setup requires users to connect an iPhone to a vehicle using a Lightning cable that plugs into a standard USB port.

The 5 Series Sedan will be available around the world starting in February of 2017.

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Top Rated Comments

StoneyG Avatar
59 months ago
I don't understand most people's obsession with wireless everything. What is so wrong about a cable? Especially in a vehicle, where you're gonna want to charge your phone anyway.
Score: 12 Votes (Like | Disagree)
gspannu Avatar
59 months ago
Incorrect information regarding first car to support this option.

BMW cars with iDrive 5.0 already support Wireless Apple Car Play. All 2 series, 3 series, 4 series, M3, M4 cars built since July 2016 have 'Wireless Apple Car Play'.

My M4 (built Aug 2016) has it... and it does not require any cable, all works via Bluetooth.

Here is another article from Mac Rumors stating the same.
https://www.macrumors.com/2016/08/01/bmw-2-series-carplay/
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
MrT8064 Avatar
59 months ago
Volkswagen attempted to demo wireless CarPlay functionality in January of 2016, but Apple said no.
Maybe because VW is a toxic brand and Apple didn't want to be associated with them...
Score: 5 Votes (Like | Disagree)
boshii Avatar
59 months ago
I don't understand most people's obsession with wireless everything. What is so wrong about a cable? Especially in a vehicle, where you're gonna want to charge your phone anyway.
Wireless is much more convenient. Simple as that.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mattster16 Avatar
59 months ago
Totally agree. Bluetooth will sound bad through the cars upgraded speaker system PLUS it's great to have the phone charging.
I never understood this argument. Bluetooth sounds just fine in every audio application I've used it for. I use Bluetooth audio in my car and I hear no noticeable sound quality difference vs plugged in. And yes, I do have an upgraded "premium" audio system in my car. My preferred setup is bluetooth for the data connection (I don't have CarPlay) and plugging into a standalone 12v plug car charger for power. The USB ports in most cars don't supply enough amperage to quickly charge a phone anyways.

Cue the audiophiles saying they can of course hear the difference because their hearing is so acute.
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Munky Avatar
59 months ago
last to join carplay......
Tell that to Mazda:rolleyes:
Score: 4 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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