BMW i3 & i8 Apple CarPlay Activation Retrofit
Benefits of Apple CarPlay at a glance:
- Lets you use iPhone apps on your BMW’s iDrive screen.
- Connects your iPhone wirelessly to the BMW iDrive system.
- Utilises your vehicles factory installed microphone for Siri’s voice commands.
- Full digital audio playback through the BMW stereo system.
- Use of Google or Apple maps on your vehicle’s display.
Before we start, your vehicle needs to be manufactured September 2016 or newer with a Professional wide screen navigation. If your vehicle does not fit this criteria then sadly we cannot offer this service for your car. The good news is, if these prerequisites have been met then it’s possible that it’s already fitted with most of the hardware necessary to run Apple CarPlay.
All vehicles factory fitted with the Professional Navigation NBT Evo ID5 or ID6 head units could benefit from this retrofit.
The navigation system of your car must be factory fitted and one of the following (this is not optional and there is no work around, if it doesn’t have one of these head units factory installed then sadly we cannot offer you this retrofit):
- Professional Navigation NBT Evo ID5.
- Professional Navigation NBT Evo ID6.
We would then check to see if your vehicle has the following features, if it doesn’t we will supply fit / code them within the the retrofit cost.
- Wifi antenna to headunit.
- Option 6NS enhanced bluetooth.
The cost of the full CarPlay retrofit is £349 inc VAT. This includes all of the required coding, FSC codes & the additional Wifi antenna (if required).
Just for completeness of this article: BMW designed CarPlay to be run in split screen (this is how BMW designed the system so the retrofit will follow suit). We can provide the option of full screen CarPlay by updating the vehicles iDrive firmware to the latest BMW software version then modifying this version. This is not a critical upgrade, this is an option. This upgrade is only for those that wish for complete full screen CarPlay. It carries it’s own cost of £119.52 inc VAT.