Apple CarPlay Retrofit Upgrade is available for those BMW F Badge vehicles, from 2012 to 2016
Factory Apple CarPlay Setup - For iDrive NBT-EVO 6 equipped vehicles
As Apple CarPlay is available for latest models from car manufacturers, most of 'near new' or recent models are left with same / similar looking Infotainment screen systems, yet missing out Apple CarPlay features and can't be updated.
Due to most of Factory infotainment systems those came out before Apple CarPlay equipped one, will not have video inputs to support connecting your phone
for Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto also.
In BMW's situation, from 2017, most of BMW vehicles came out with either iDrive 5 or iDrive 6, whilst both of them are considered as a iDrive NBT-EVO and supports Apple CarPlay via download form BMW's ConnectedDrive.
Whilst is a great gesture that BMW do offers one like Mercedes Benz and Audi, It is only available if vehicle has ConnectedDrive feature which is also an optional package, with additional purchased involved, and same goes to Apple CarPlay app.
Furthermore, ConnectedDrive is only available for after 2014 (MY15) model, and seems to be not retrofit-able for those vehicles already delivered, and mostly, only compatible with professional / business version iDrive (with big screen display ones), with version above iD5.
Having said that, early F series models or vehicle got delivered without one seems near impossible to obtain Apple CarPlay nor Android Auto - (which, Android Auto is officially not supported by BMW)
So the questions are, Will BMW provide support for those cases, and will owners in that situation not be able to get one in their vehicle?
In our opinion, the answers are No and Yes.
Us Naviplus team, have been offering smartphone Mirroring System for BMW vehicles for last couple of years, throughout Australia and our customers from overseas - mainly from Europe.