BMW Shipping New Cars Temporarily Without Apple CarPlay

BMW is temporarily shipping new cars without Apple CarPlay and Android Auto functionality due to the automaker changing its chip supplier (via Automotive News Europe).

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The new chips built into many BMWs manufactured this year require updated software to be able to run Apple ‌CarPlay‌ and Android Auto. BMW customers who receive a new car without ‌CarPlay‌ are being asked by dealerships to wait for an over-the-air update that will enable the functionality "by the end of June at the latest."

It is not clear how many BMW models are affected, but a large number of customers in the U.S., Italy, Spain, the UK, and France have posted online about their new vehicles being delivered without ‌CarPlay‌. Affected models include the code "6P1" in their specification.

While some BMW owners will have to miss out on ‌CarPlay‌ functionality for a temporary period, BMW is switching chip suppliers to strengthen its supply chain in the long term amid the continued impact of the global chip shortage, which could reduce component shortages in the second half of the year.

BMW offers one of the most integrated experiences with Apple's ecosystem, with support for Digital Key, Ultra Wideband Digital Key Plus, and a feature-rich dual-screen wireless CarPlay experience. BMW only started offering CarPlay in 2016 and came under fire for charging a $80 per year fee for access to it, before reneging on the subscription following negative feedback.

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Top Rated Comments

dantracht Avatar
24 months ago
Sorry but that would tick me off to no end.
Score: 28 Votes (Like | Disagree)
TheYayAreaLiving ?️ Avatar
24 months ago
Well, that is annoying. It’s 2022, why would anyone want to buy a vehicle without CarPlay.

Also, what's the guarantee that it will be available to the customers by end of June?
Score: 23 Votes (Like | Disagree)
citysnaps Avatar
24 months ago
There's a delay. Life goes on.

Nothing to get a case of the shakes about.
Score: 13 Votes (Like | Disagree)
troy14 Avatar
24 months ago

I have a BMW with CarPlay and I never use CarPlay. The BMW's own navigation and software are superior to anything that CarPlay can offer.
What??? I have a 2021 x3 and would absolutely never use their nav over CarPlay with Google Maps.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Justjay27 Avatar
24 months ago
i mean most BMW owners don't use turn signals either so i think they'll be fine until its available lol
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nfl46 Avatar
24 months ago
Yeah, I’d be waiting until summer then. CarPlay is very important to me especially if I’m paying that type of money. I’d want complete functionality on day 1.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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