Apple CarPlay® allows you to access many apps on your iPhone conveniently while driving in your BMW. You can operate the applications via your BMW's control system or by voice command using Apple Siri. Simply say "Hey Siri" or press the voice button on the steering wheel to activate the digital voice assistant on your smartphone.
FAQ: THE MOST IMPORTANT QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS ABOUT APPLE CARPLAY®.
What is Apple CarPlay® and how do I use it in my BMW?
With Apple CarPlay® you can use the functions of your iPhone in your BMW – and all entirely without any cables Smartphone apps such as iMessage, Apple Maps, WhatsApp, telephony, Apple Music or Spotify are displayed in the BMW iDrive System and can be conveniently operated in the vehicle via touch or voice command.
What are the technical requirements for Apple CarPlay®?
The following requirements have to be fulfilled to use Apple CarPlay®:
An iPhone 5 at least with an iOS version 9.3 or later with an active data plan.
Vehicles with the equipment options of Connected Package Plus (6C2) or Connected Package Professional (6C3/4).
Vehicles with a production date of July 2016 or later with the equipment option Apple CarPlay® Preparation or Smartphone Integration (SA6CP) support Apple CarPlay®.
Siri, WiFi and Bluetooth must be activated on the iPhone.
The service Apple CarPlay® has no runtime limitation and is permanently available in your BMW.
Note: The requirements and availability may vary from country to country.
How do I activate the Apple Siri voice control for Apple CarPlay® in my vehicle with BMW iDrive and Operating System 8?
Your vehicle with BMW iDrive and Operating System 8 recognises the Apple Siri voice control for Apple CarPlay® by the activation word "Hey Siri“ without you having to press the push-to-talk button on the steering wheel. Please note that you must confirm this function when initialising Apple CarPlay® in your BMW or in the system settings of BMW iDrive with Operating System 8.
Which third-party apps (WhatsApp, Facebook, etc.) can I use via Apple CarPlay®?