Those looking for the latest and greatest gadgets and integration with Apple products, could be in luck. According to sources, BMW is experimenting with the Apple CarPlay system and it will arrive in 2017. We first reported on this back in June, but since, more sources confirmed the rumors.
CarPlay essentially mimics the user’s iPhone onto the touchscreen and allows the driver to swipe and zoom in the same manner that they would on the phone. At the WWDC 2015, Apple announced that CarPlay will soon let you control additional parts of your vehicle, directly from the iPhone.
This means CarPlay can work together with apps created by manufacturers, making it easier for them to integrate their auto features with the service. Apple CEO Tim Cook also demoed a new functional which allows CarPlay to pair with infotainments systems wirelessly.
The latest updates to CarPlay have opened the platform even more to developers and automakers. CarPlay will be able to not only control the infotainment system but also certain functions like climate control.
The current time-table for BMW as a whole is that it will begin introduction of CarPlay in the 2016/2017 timeframe and roll out the feature model by model.