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      09-21-2018, 01:52 AM   #1
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Retrofitting Apple CarPlay

Has anybody with m2401 and pro-media iDrive retrofitted Apple CarPlay?
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      09-21-2018, 08:04 AM   #2
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I havenít done it but according to a bmw genius I spoke to yesterday you need 1) MY November 2016 or later; 2) navigation; 3) enhanced Bluetooth and 4) wireless charging. I am 3/4(no wireless charging) and Iím not sure how expensive and involved that retrofit would be. Ever since I heard Waze and google maps will be integrated Iíve been wanting to retrofit it
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      09-21-2018, 08:19 AM   #3
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I don't have wireless charging and have been able to connect CarPlay, but I'm configured with the high-end stereo, nav, and all that.

I have disconnected CarPlay every time I've connected it. Despite being an Apple fanboy, I don't seem to like it on the car.
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      09-21-2018, 09:25 AM   #4
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I haven’t done it but according to a bmw genius I spoke to yesterday you need 1) MY November 2016 or later; 2) navigation; 3) enhanced Bluetooth and 4) wireless charging. I am 3/4(no wireless charging) and I’m not sure how expensive and involved that retrofit would be. Ever since I heard Waze and google maps will be integrated I’ve been wanting to retrofit it
I definitely recommend it if you can. The Google Maps integration is pretty good. Now I’m just waiting for Waze to update their app to be compatible with CarPlay!

Wireless charging is not required. I don’t have it on mine and use CarPlay every day. Aside from MY, I believe that navigation is the only other requirement.
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      09-21-2018, 10:10 AM   #5
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Thank you guys. I am good to go then
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      09-22-2018, 12:47 AM   #6
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It's very easy to retrofit if you have all the prior prerequisites as the other post said.
All you have to do is sign in to your Connecteddrive portal and go to the store and buy it for your vehicle.
Go back into the car and make sure you update BMW assist from within the Connecteddrive menu and it'll pop up!
The few times I've done it for customers it cost $300 US dollars for the 30 year subscription. I haven't done it since the integration of the 1 year for $89 dollar thing came up.
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      09-24-2018, 10:11 AM   #7
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I don't have wireless charging, but have navigation. It is not listed in my connecteddrive portal.

I wasn't interested in carplay either, until the new announcement of allowing google maps.
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      09-24-2018, 04:22 PM   #8
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well it has been retrofitted and it is working perfectly. it was not listed in my connected drive portal either

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      09-30-2018, 07:14 AM   #9
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We have an MY16 235xi vert with an 8/15 production date and would like to retrofit Carplay.

Without replacing the head unit, the only way solution I have found is Bimmertech's Multimedia Interface for $525.

Has anyone here done that? Were you satisfied with the results?

How difficult was the install? I have not been able to find the installation instructions on Bimmertech's website. I would say I'm merely an "average" DIYer and don't want to get it over my head.

I do see on Bimmertech's website that they have 2 installers in my area, Prestige BMW (an authorized BMW dealer) as well as Unexpected Creations in Edison, which Bimmertech rates as a "Platinum" dealer.

Thanks in advance for your help.
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      10-01-2018, 03:21 PM   #10
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We have an MY16 235xi vert with an 8/15 production date and would like to retrofit Carplay.

Without replacing the head unit, the only way solution I have found is Bimmertech's Multimedia Interface for $525.

Has anyone here done that? Were you satisfied with the results?

How difficult was the install? I have not been able to find the installation instructions on Bimmertech's website. I would say I'm merely an "average" DIYer and don't want to get it over my head.

I do see on Bimmertech's website that they have 2 installers in my area, Prestige BMW (an authorized BMW dealer) as well as Unexpected Creations in Edison, which Bimmertech rates as a "Platinum" dealer.

Thanks in advance for your help.
What you are quoted is way too expensive. Contact (PM) Almaretto (a popular coding guy in the forum) or source on eBay. You would spend less than $150.00
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      10-01-2018, 03:30 PM   #11
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What you are quoted is way too expensive. Contact (PM) Almaretto (a popular coding guy in the forum) or source on eBay. You would spend less than $150.00
Thanks, but unless there is something I have not seen, my 235 (build date 7/2015) is too old to accomplish this with just software.
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      10-04-2018, 09:20 PM   #12
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Hi, I have 220iA Gran Tourer (F46). It doesn't have navigation system built in, but MY 2018 and wireless charging (how can I check if enhanced Bluetooth is included?). BimmerTech confirmed (based on last 6 digits of VIN) that they cannot activate CarPlay. Are there other solutions for retro-fitting CarPlay? I've seen a hardware system that is connected between idrive and video screen, which requires ID5 - would something like that work?
How do I confirm whether my system is using ID5 or ID6, and does that matter?
Thank you
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      10-05-2018, 12:46 PM   #13
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This is what I was informed: Any vehicle with ID5 or ID6 on 609 Pro Nav with Nov '17 or newer software can add Carplay.

So it seems your should be able to
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      10-06-2018, 03:40 PM   #14
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If you don't want to spend 300USD I can help you woth installing it via USB drive. It costs 150 USD and takes about 3-5 minutes. All you need is iDrive 5 (every M240i pre-lci has that) and pro-nav with connected drive .
Just hit me via DM and we can get it working.

Edit: Works even in non supported states (I'm using it in my M240i here in the Czech republic where the CarPlay cannot be officialy added. No warranty issues at all - have been to my dealer twice already).

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      10-11-2018, 11:59 AM   #15
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What about wifi antenna (WiFi hotspot)?
This is what I’m missing based on info from BimmerTech (6 digits of VIN provided)
Vehicle from 03’2018 with Nav Pro but no enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging
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      10-11-2018, 12:03 PM   #16
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What about wifi antenna (WiFi hotspot)?
This is what I'm missing based on info from BimmerTech (6 digits of VIN provided)
Vehicle from 03'2018 with Nav Pro but no enhanced bluetooth with wireless charging
Your car is exactly like mine (Pro nav and no enhanced Bluetooth) and retrofitted Apple CarPlay is working flawlessly
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      10-11-2018, 12:21 PM   #17
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Your car is exactly like mine (Pro nav and no enhanced Bluetooth) and retrofitted Apple CarPlay is working flawlessly
So does it mean WiFi antenna is a must? Anyone did that before?
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      10-11-2018, 03:14 PM   #18
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Wifi antenna is not a must. I don't have WiFi antenna or hotspot
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      10-12-2018, 07:51 AM   #19
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Does anyone know if a dealer can add it if you have nav, enhanced bluetooth, and MY November 2016 or later, but no wireless charging? Or do you have to go thru a third party without the wireless charging?
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      10-13-2018, 10:08 AM   #20
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Does anyone know if a dealer can add it if you have nav, enhanced bluetooth, and MY November 2016 or later, but no wireless charging? Or do you have to go thru a third party without the wireless charging?
I cab do it for you if you want. Send me a DM.

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Just to update this post a bit, Apple CarPlay is now available for retrofit without 609 Nav. I have enhanced Bluetooth and the WiFi hotspot/wireless charging add on, but I did not purchase nav on my 2018 230i. Steve @ codemybimmer got it working yesterday for a little more than the cost of an MMI unit. Worth it since it's wireless and fully integrated.

I retrofitted the larger screen but that's a matter of coding a different resolution so it should work on the 6.5" screen. You can see that I still have the non nav idrive controller.
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i had a bimmertech carplay mmi plus retrofit installed in my 2017 bmw 230i.
https://www.bimmer-tech.net/shop/bmw...ts/carplay-mmi
The product is outstanding. Installation was performed in less than an hour by my car stereo guy at a cost of $80. So far the mmi plus does everything it was represented to do.
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