Apple’s CarPlay a $300 option for most BMWs

News | September 1st, 2016 by 10
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BMW of North America will offer the Apple CarPlay as an optional $300 feature on most BMWs within the current lineup. Several cars from BMW’s …

BMW of North America will offer the Apple CarPlay as an optional $300 feature on most BMWs within the current lineup. Several cars from BMW’s 2 to 7 series can now be purchased with CarPlay installed, in addition to the X SUVs and M sportscars. Even buyers of the $138,000 ALPINA B7 will need to decide to spend $300 to get access to Apple’s alternative infotainment system.

Previous reports indicated that the X5 M and X6 M would be among the first vehicles to support CarPlay, and while the majority of BMW’s cars do now support CarPlay, a number still don’t offer the option, including the M5 Sedan, the 440i Coupe, and the electric i3 and i8 models. There is a chance those models will be updated at a later date as well.

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Apple is due to make significant upgrades to CarPlay with next month’s launch of iOS 10, including the ability to hide and rearrange icons, and have an iPhone push a parking marker to Apple Maps when it disconnects.

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, Skoda, Subaru, Suzuki, Volkswagen, Volvo, and others.

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