How to update Apple CarPlay?

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Is
there a BMW CarPlay update?
But how is it done? Let’s take a look.

The first thing to keep in mind is that CarPlay is tightly tied with your
iPhone and its iOS version. Updates to the CarPlay system from cosmetic
changes to new features come bundled with iOS updates, as opposed to being
part of a separate Apple CarPlay software download. So if you’re running (for
example) iOS 15, CarPlay is going to be pegged at the same level.

In general, that means the best way to make sure you’re getting everything
CarPlay has to offer is keep your iPhone updated with all the latest iOS
releases.

Does that mean there’s nothing to update on the BMW side? Well, it’s not
quite as simple as that.

While the bulk of the BMW Apple CarPlay functionality is coming from your
iPhone and its software, the fact that your iDrive is hosting CarPlay does
give it some say over how it works.

As an example, while older BMW iDrive software chose to display Apple
CarPlay in split-screen mode (reserving part of the screen for native iDrive
use), BMW later dropped that design. Subsequent iDrive software versions
included a BMW Apple CarPlay upgrade to unlock full-screen CarPlay.

Enable Apple CarPlay’s full-screen mode in your BMW.

Does Apple CarPlay expire?
Besides simply updating the interface, BMW has also updated its policies
around CarPlay.

When CarPlay was first made available in new BMWs, it actually came with an
expiration date. You might be able to use it for the duration of your lease,
but after that, you’d have to stump up an annual subscription fee to keep it
working.

BMW’s logic was ridiculous that you’d avoid having to pay a higher upfront
activation fee just to trade your car in after a few years. But with so many
competing manufacturers offering CarPlay either as standard, or as a one-off
option, the BMW CarPlay subscription model wasn’t going to last long.

Since BMW decided to enable Apple CarPlay permanently, it’s clear: Apple
CarPlay does not expire.

How much is an Apple CarPlay subscription?
That change also frees you from having to pay any Apple CarPlay
subscription fees.

Of course any premium apps you want to stream to your car whether that’s
ad-free audio streaming or a paid navigation provider are still going to
charge their own subscriptions, but keeping CarPlay itself running doesn’t
come with any additional charge.

HOW TO UPDATE APPLE CARPLAY?
That’s all well and good, but what if you don’t have CarPlay in your BMW in
the first place? Or you’re still stuck with the old split-screen view?

The good news is that it’s never been easier to get a quality BMW Apple
CarPlay upgrade, or update your existing Apple CarPlay software for some
extra features.

OEM BMW Apple CarPlay update
For anybody driving a BMW produced since around 2016, your first port of
call is probably going to be BMW’s native CarPlay system. Even if your
vehicle doesn’t already have CarPlay up-and-running, there’s a chance you
have all the required hardware pre-installed from the factory.

In that case, Autosvs can enable Apple CarPlay in your BMW remotely, either
by loading an activation file through your BMW’s USB port, or during a remote
coding session with a skilled technician.

If you’ve already got CarPlay, but it’s pushed to one side of the screen in
split-screen mode, an iDrive software update is all it takes to start using
full-screen BMW Apple CarPlay. Like our CarPlay activation service, our
technician can perform the whole update remotely at a time that suits
you.

BMW CarPlay retrofit update
BMW CarPlay retrofit update 

For vehicles that don’t support the factory-original CarPlay service, a
hardware retrofit can deliver the same experience, even in older cars.

Autosvs’s CarPlay Smartbox Prime retrofit for BMWs is the most popular
retrofit on the market, thanks to the smooth CarPlay experience it provides
in both the latest vehicles, and vehicles produced way back in 2008.

What’s more, because CarPlay is updated through your iPhone, you’re still
guaranteed to get the latest CarPlay features as soon as they’re
available.

Besides the core CarPlay updates that come with each iOS release, Autosvs
also provides routine firmware updates for all our CarPlay retrofit units,
adding even greater integration with your BMW’s factory iDrive system. Just
use the MMI’s included USB port to load the software update file provided by
our technical support team. This software also adds support for additional
features not available through CarPlay, like watching YouTube and Netflix in
your BMW.

HOW TO CONNECT APPLE CARPLAY?
Whichever way you’ve added CarPlay to your BMW, though, the simplest
connection option is the same: wireless. The native BMW Apple CarPlay system
is wireless only, whereas Autosvs’s CarPlay Smartbox Prime includes both
wired and wireless connectivity options as standard.

The first step to connecting CarPlay is to prepare your iPhone. To enable
CarPlay on iPhone, it’s as simple as going to Settings > General >
CarPlay. As long as your iPhone’s WiFi and Bluetooth is switched on, your
phone should identify your vehicle automatically. Then, it’s as simple as
following the on-screen instructions to pair your iPhone and car.

With pairing done, you’ll be able to reconnect to your vehicle every time
you head out for a drive, and pull all your favorite CarPlay apps up on your
BMW’s dashboard display.

Learn more about how to set up Apple CarPlay in your BMW.

HOW TO ENABLE SIRI FOR APPLE CARPLAY?
How to enable Siri for Apple CarPlay?One of the most convenient things
about CarPlay is its deep integration with the Siri virtual assistant. That
support is there out of the box, so there’s nothing that needs doing to
enable Siri for CarPlay.

In your BMW with CarPlay running, you can press and hold the voice command
button on your steering wheel, and dictate instructions to Siri. CarPlay will
pick up those commands and do exactly what you’d expect: send messages, find
directions and more.

Siri works the same whether you’re using CarPlay through your BMW iDrive
system or Autosvs’s CarPlay Smartbox Prime.

In BMWs specifically, even with CarPlay not available, enable Siri through
BMW iDrive coding and you’ll still be able to use Siri behind the wheel,
albeit without the additional power that comes from a full CarPlay
system.

HOW TO RESET APPLE CARPLAY?
As powerful as CarPlay is, every now and then it might stop working
particularly after an iOS update. If CarPlay won’t connect, the best course
of action is to reset your iPhone and iDrive and try to pair up again.

On iPhones without a physical home button:
1. Press the volume up button.
2. Press the volume down button.
3. Press and hold the wake/power button until your iPhone shuts down.

On iPhones with a physical home button:
1. Press and hold the home button.
2. Press and hold the wake/power button until your iPhone shuts down.

On your iDrive system, press and hold the volume knob until your iDrive
system restarts.

You’re then free to pair up your iPhone and iDrive system again.

HOW TO GET APPLE CARPLAY ON BMW?
We’ve covered how to make sure your BMW’s CarPlay system is always
up-to-date, how to connect Apple CarPlay and how to troubleshoot issues that
require you to reset Apple CarPlay. Most importantly for anybody not already
enjoying CarPlay, we’ve also taken a look at how to add CarPlay to your BMW.

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