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BMW will deliver its new vehicles without Apple Carplay

BMW will deliver its new vehicles without Apple Carplay

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The new chips built into many BMW cars built this year require software updates to run Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Dealers are asking BMW customers who receive new cars without CarPlay to wait for an over-the-air update that will enable the functionality "by the end of June at the latest."

It's unclear how many BMW models have been affected, but a large number of customers in the U.S., Italy, Spain, the U.K. and ,of course, France have announced online that their new cars have been delivered without CarPlay installed. The affected models contain the code "6P1" in their specifications.

While some BMW owners will have to temporarily stop using CarPlay, BMW is switching chip suppliers to strengthen its long-term supply chain amid the ongoing impact of a global chip shortage, which could reduce parts shortages in the second half of the year. year.

BMW offers one of the most integrated experiences in the Apple ecosystem, supporting the digital key, Ultra Wideband key+ and a feature-rich dual-screen wireless CarPlay experience. BMW didn't start offering CarPlay until 2016, when it was even released by the way, and was criticized for charging an annual subscription fee of $99, only to withdraw it after receiving negative feedback. It's still the only one to offer Apple Carplay wirelessly in its entire lineup.

To activate Apple Carplay in your BMW from 2016 and equipped with the large 8.8-inch or 10.25-inch screen, please contact us.