In 2015, BMW announced that future models will be made available with Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto integration. 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.
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Earlier this year we’ve learned that some of the first models to take advantage of Apple’s CarPlay will be the two M SUVs – the X5 M and X6 M. Now BMW announces that the first models to use CarPlay in the U.S. are part of the 2 Series family. The option costs $300, and is available on Coupe, Convertible, xDrive Coupe, and xDrive Convertible versions of the 230i and M240i. The 2017 230i starts at $32,850, while the M240i costs upwards of $45,145.
The M3 and M4 are rumored to be next to receive the upgrade.
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.’