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      12-03-2019, 02:28 AM   #1101
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I did the fullscreen + carplay upgrade with Kubax86. It went really smooth as he did the remote coding for the upgrade on my NBTEvo J. Upgrade was to P.

My car does not have the Wifi Antenna in it so the Carplay connection is not strong. I was warned that it may not work very well before going ahead. Unfortunately being in Canada, Amazon does not sell the aftermarket Wifi Antenna. So I ordered one from my BMW dealer. They said that there were none of them in Canada and had to order it from Germany.

If I am patient I can hold the phone close to the head unit and it will pick up the CarPlay. Once it has the connection I can put the phone in the cupholders and it stays connected. I am looking forward to getting the Wifi antenna as it will be great when it connects properly. Overall very happy with the upgrade and the price was right. It's great that we have an option to upgrade this as BMW told me that there was simply no way to add Carplay to my car. Thanks Kubax86
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Did this on my wife's F80 that didn't have the antenna. Installed it and coded in CarPlay and it works with no problem. Don't get shafted by a bmw dealer
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      12-03-2019, 08:11 PM   #1102
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Anyone had to have their car's software updated and therefore lose full-screen?

We're you able to use the same code and code back?
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      12-04-2019, 01:45 PM   #1103
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CarPlay now Free

Finally an end to the silliness? I will admit, BMW's wireless CarPlay tops all other manufacturers that I've used (there are quite a few downright awful implementations...), but the pay for use model is ridiculous
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      12-04-2019, 02:36 PM   #1104
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BMW finally makes Apple CarPlay free

https://www.autoblog.com/2019/12/04/...apple-carplay/
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      12-04-2019, 02:40 PM   #1105
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Great news, now if they can just make it full screen!
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      12-04-2019, 02:47 PM   #1106
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There is rumor that they are finally going to include Android auto soon.
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      12-04-2019, 03:08 PM   #1107
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Carplay is free forever now but it would still be nice to get full screen.
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      12-04-2019, 03:32 PM   #1108
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Wonder if they will give us a refund? LOL. I sure that won’t happen.
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      12-05-2019, 12:27 AM   #1109
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Iím glad I didnít renew my CarPlay. It expired 2 months ago on my M2c. Iíll see if it works when it stops raining in SoCal.
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      12-05-2019, 01:53 AM   #1110
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Wonder if they will give us a refund? LOL. I sure that won't happen.

In the press release, they claim that they're going to contact current subscribers individually and give them a specific offer/credit, based on their market.

My guess is those that paid $300 for the "lifetime" CarPlay subscription will be allotted prorated credit by dividing it by 20 (years).

Even with the previous BMW APPs, although they don't specifically charge you for it, if you don't subscribe to the "ConnectDrive +" internet plan, they disable those in-vehicle interfaces, including album art, so "free" offering of CarPlay without any other strings attached is quiet a gift.

BMW retroactively issuing credits for a paid feature is usually unheard of. They typically screw their early adopters in situations like this. They must really be going for a complete exoneration in The Court Of Public Opinion, for their early indiscretion in being the only auto manufacture that charged a fee for CP.
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      12-05-2019, 02:52 AM   #1111
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This is great news! Was getting worried with mine expiring soon
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      12-05-2019, 09:56 AM   #1112
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CarPlay Free? BMW still wants me to pay

I figured Iíd share my experience when I called BMW today. I bought my M2 Comp in Aug 2018. I really like using CarPlay, I moved back to the east coast recently and had my car stored and never got around to renewing CarPlay. I saw the news about the subscription being free so I figured Iíd give a call today.

I spoke with customer relations. She had said she could make CarPlay Free indefinitely as long as I was a current Apple CarPlay subscriber.... Since mine ran out in August she had said I would need to pay the 300 to get it indefinitely.

BMW wants to charge you so they can give you the subscription for free? I think they started the subscription service for 2019 models so it probably doesnít affect a ton of people that have already had their 1 year trial expire. She said if I was in the trial period still, she could make it indefinite for free. If you are in the 1 year period and want to extend it for free, I would give them a call. With them asking me to pay 300 dollars, that doesnít sound good for people who paid 300 looking for a refund?

I didnít want to pay the 300, they transferred over to BMW assist. They had told me something slightly different and pretty much said they have not gotten any official confirmation or communication. She said they would reach out to people. However, she did say that there are issues with ordering CarPlay and they are issuing 1 month free goodwill to people due to the issues. It didnít appear there was an option for the yearly subscription any longer only a 20yr (when I went into my idrive only a 20yr showed up as well)I took them up on the offer for a free month. I may try and call back the first woman I spoke to who was ready to pull the trigger and give it to me indefinitely as long as I had a subscription.

It sounds like they will only be offering lifetime subscriptions to current holders and see had said they would be reaching out to ďsubscribersĒ

If you like CarPlay and currently donít have it, I would try to get a free month and hope some updates come out shortly. Otherwise, you may have to pay to get it and then they make it ďindefiniteĒ. Hopefully more details come out soon, it sounded like there were mixed messages.
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      12-05-2019, 10:38 AM   #1113
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Thx - Good info. My CarPlay ran out last month and I decided to just re-new for a year. I'll have to give them a call once this gets straighten out.
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      12-05-2019, 10:42 AM   #1114
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I checked my connected drive and still says subscribed till Sep. Ď20.
I guess I need to call them to get the lifetime subscription.
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      12-05-2019, 11:47 AM   #1115
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Iíll give it a shot next time Iím at the dealer doing service work
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      12-05-2019, 11:54 AM   #1116
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There needs to be OTA update on the firmware from BMW and not specific dealers. I read it somewhere on a techsite that quoted a bmw tech. Makes sense.

Let them send the update.
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      12-05-2019, 12:43 PM   #1117
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I called BMW Genius today as well, they told me so long as a vehicle is CarPlay capable any model from 2017 to present will get the service for free. They said you can check your CarPlay status by logging into BMW ConnectedDrive
and look under 'Subscribed services' for CarPlay. If you don't see it there and CarPlay is instead listed under 'Recommended services for this vehicle' try to reset iDrive and see if it gets updates.

Resetting iDrive
  • Make sure the car is on, engine running.
  • Reset iDrive by pressing and holding the volume knob for approximately 30s, when the screen goes blank let go. iDrive will then reboot.
If you still don't see CarPlay enabled for life call BMW Assist for further help, 1-888-333-6118. They also said this announcement just happened yesterday, so be patient. It may update on its own.
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      12-05-2019, 01:37 PM   #1118
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I called BMW Genius today as well, they told me so long as a vehicle is CarPlay capable any model from 2017 to present will get the service for free. They said you can check your CarPlay status by logging into BMW ConnectedDrive
and look under 'Subscribed services' for CarPlay. If you don't see it there and CarPlay is instead listed under 'Recommended services for this vehicle' try to reset iDrive and see if it gets updates.

Resetting iDrive
  • Make sure the car is on, engine running.
  • Reset iDrive by pressing and holding the volume knob for approximately 30s, when the screen goes blank let go. iDrive will then reboot.
If you still don't see CarPlay enabled for life call BMW Assist for further help, 1-888-333-6118. They also said this announcement just happened yesterday, so be patient. It may update on its own.
Is yours showing for life? they just gave me 30 days for free so my subscribed service shows CarPlay good through 1/05/2019. If I click extend, it says I can pay 300.00 for 240 months (no option for 1 year).
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Is yours showing for life? they just gave me 30 days for free so my subscribed service shows CarPlay good through 1/05/2019. If I click extend, it says I can pay 300.00 for 240 months (no option for 1 year).
No, I never paid for it and the 1yr trial already expired. Mine is listed under Recommended services for this vehicle'. Plan on trying the iDrive reset after work. If I can't get it to update will call BMW Assist.

One thing to note, BMW Genius said "do not pay for it". I think their systems are still updating and haven't synced all accounts yet, they said there were some 500k vehicles affected with this recent change so it may take some time.
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      12-05-2019, 01:44 PM   #1120
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I called BMW Genius today as well, they told me so long as a vehicle is CarPlay capable any model from 2017 to present will get the service for free. They said you can check your CarPlay status by logging into BMW ConnectedDrive
and look under 'Subscribed services' for CarPlay. If you don't see it there and CarPlay is instead listed under 'Recommended services for this vehicle' try to reset iDrive and see if it gets updates.

Resetting iDrive
  • Make sure the car is on, engine running.
  • Reset iDrive by pressing and holding the volume knob for approximately 30s, when the screen goes blank let go. iDrive will then reboot.
If you still don't see CarPlay enabled for life call BMW Assist for further help, 1-888-333-6118. They also said this announcement just happened yesterday, so be patient. It may update on its own.

I just got off both BMW Genuis and BMW Tech support, and both confirmed the announcement yesterday, but told me that to see it on MyConnectedDrive account, I would have to contact BMW Assist since they handle that.

My account had expired on 11/29, so I called BMW Assist, and they told me that they have been getting lots of calls regarding this "blog" but that nothing official was given to them

So I added the 3 month courtesy try (requires a credit card on file, but no charge for 3 months), and hopefully this will get sorted out in the next few days or weeks
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      12-05-2019, 01:57 PM   #1121
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I performed the iDrive reset, CarPlay is working (they gave me 1 month free) but under services it is still showing 240 months for 300.00. At least I have a month to get this sorted out. Sounds like a cluster and BMW didn’t give out clear instructions on this change. Multiple people I spoke to said different things.
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Will resetting the idrive also update the DME? I have the BM3 tune, so I need to make sure it doesn't update that.
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