BMW Announces New iOS App Partnerships with Audible, Glympse, Rhapsody, and TuneIn

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Mar 27, 2013.

  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    BMW has announced that its app-compatible BMW and MINI vehicles now support integration with iOS audio and music apps Audible, Rhapsody, and TuneIn, along with location sharing app Glympse.
    Apps can be accessed and used with the iDrive controller after plugging in an iPhone to the center console with a USB cable or the SnapIn adapter available in any compatible BMW or Mini.

    All of the apps that have been approved for use with BMW Apps Ready vehicles will be updated over the next few weeks to add support for the new functionality. BMW Apps is an option that is available on 2011 and later BMW and MINI vehicles.

    Article Link: BMW Announces New iOS App Partnerships with Audible, Glympse, Rhapsody, and TuneIn
  2. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 21, 2013
    Awesome! Now if I could only afford a BMW....
  3. macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Indeed awesome!

    I've got a BMW from 2009.... have to wait for my next Beemer! :eek:
  4. macrumors Core


    Feb 9, 2008
    San Jose (CA)
    You would need more than just a BMW, you would need to add built-in navigation to get the screen, then BMW apps on top of that to get the functionality, and finally add the iPhone adapter to actually connect your iPhone.

    It adds up really fast, but I'm still glad to get these updates.
  5. macrumors 6502

    Apr 26, 2011
  6. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2011
    Awesome. I have a 2008 335i, but have been contemplating the new 4 series when it comes out. I used TuneIn all the time this would be welcome.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2002
    Yup. At least on the US 3-series:

    • The BMW Apps option is itself $250
    • BUT requires the Navigation system ($2150)
    • AND BMW Assist ($650)
    So unless you were going to get those options anyway, it's just over $3k to make use of this.

    Still, as you said, nice to see the functionality improve.
  8. macrumors 65816


    Nov 10, 2006
    I've got a 2013 335i. This sounds better than reality. Facebook and Twitter integration suck if you want my honest opinion. I'd rather BMW focus on their two core apps which are disgraceful and still not formatted for the iPhone 5's screen.

    It takes 5-10 minutes on average for the app to unlock/lock the car and/or flash the headlights when it works. Remote start would be nice as well, but considering we only spent $50K plus on a car I guess that’s too much to ask for?
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 16, 2011
    My wife has a 2012 X3 with the technology package & Navigation. BMW doesn't understand what a user friendly interface is, so I wouldn't expect their Apps to be any better. My wife doesn't even know how to do the most basic of activities like entering an address in the navigation system. We really need someone at Apple coming up with a standard App interface that can be applied to these cars (and other cars), not relying on the car vendor themselves.
  10. macrumors 6502

    Jun 11, 2012
    Why doesn't apple just sell an ipad mini to auto manufacturers to embed in dashboards and let them create apps to control the various functions of the car. Seems obvious.

    Worldwide 60 million cars were produced.
    In the US 16 million cars purchased.
    Germany produced 6 million in 2012.

    Apple sold 50 million ipads in 2012? Maybe this would bump ipad sales by 10% or 15%? It would certainly benefit apple from an ecosystem standpoint.
  11. Eduardo1971, Mar 27, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2013

    macrumors 65816


    Jun 16, 2006
    Lost Angeles, Ca. usa
    You're lucky my 330i ZHP is from 2004.

    I ended up buying an after-market HD radio/iPhone interface which I currently use with my iPhone 4. It is not the cleanest of installation and the interface is clunky on the OEM navigation screen-but it serves it's purpose.


    As much I love BMW's they do 'nickle' and 'dime' their customers.
  12. macrumors regular

    Nov 9, 2010
    Lincoln, NE
    But then Apple are giving up some control of the hardware and manufacturing. That's something they do not like to do.
  13. macrumors 6502a

    Mar 1, 2008
    Rockland/Manhattan/Bay Area
    I should let my dad know about this.. he drives a 2013 X1
  14. macrumors 6502

    Feb 26, 2010
    Have a 2013 328i sport. But it doesn't have the navigation system so I just use it to play back Music and podcasts. Next car will have those options ;)

    Hope they come out with a lightening cable soon. Using my old iPod touch for my music. Would like to pickup a newer one


    They charge a lot for options but I have to say the accessories are pretty reasonable
  15. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    No, as long as you have BMW Apps option a USB to dock connector or lightning cable works. You don't need the plug-in adapter for BMW Apps, only to get the iPod GUI. (Source: me, owner of an '11 335i w/ BMW Apps but no plug-in adapter and frequent uses of the Pandora "app").

    Sort of, but no one buys any of that a la cart. It comes bundled in the Tech package which includes Nav, BT, and smartphone integration. I can't speak for other BMW owners but I didn't spend $3K to use BMW Apps, but rather Nav and BT, but the more compatibility BMW adds the better.

    I'm sure Apple would. The problem is likely on the automakers ends. I can't speak from experience with BMW, having owned 5 since '96, that BMW knows how to build a fun car to drive, but knows zero about tech. They are always, ALWAYS, 5 years behind any tech you could pick up off the shelf at BestBuy.
  16. macrumors member

    Jul 28, 2012
    Apple + BMW = Beautiful match.

    Now all I gotta do is get myself back into an iPhone and dump this Android bullcrap.
  17. joejoejoe, Mar 27, 2013
    Last edited: Mar 27, 2013

    macrumors 65816

    Sep 13, 2006
    too dangerous. the whole point of the BMW idrive controller is to keep the driver's hand in one place when controlling the on board computer, which has apps adapted to be in line with a driving experience. using a mini while driving = lawsuits up the whazoo.

    unless you're talking about apple letting car manufacturers create a new app environment for the ipad mini... which apple would never do. they want total control of the experience.
  18. macrumors 6502

    Feb 15, 2007
    My BMW app on 2012 528i is so buggy I gave up using it. Facebook and Twitter integration really just show off to people that you can update your address or destination from a bimmer. No thank you. I would be surprised if I really can upgrade my app to the new feature without buying a new car after all they charge a IPod cable for $100 and a iPhone cradle for $200. Speed limit infor to my GPS for $100, keyless entry for $1000, and BMW app for $200 (it is purely a software enablement!)
  19. macrumors 6502

    Jul 15, 2011
    I would refuse to buy another BMW or any car for that matter if they did this.

    I don't want Apple products integrated in the cars I buy. Worst idea ever.
  20. macrumors newbie

    Jun 24, 2011
    don't believe the hype

    have 2013 X6M-fully, and though having paid for the 'xtras', BMW has no access to iPhone tech, so message/test/cal functionality won't ever work… until/unless Apple gives it to them… that from BMWUSA/AG both. just sayin :mad:
  21. macrumors 6502

    Nov 25, 2012
    First world problem!


    Only the 1% will benefit on this.
  22. macrumors member


    Nov 16, 2011
  23. macrumors regular

    Mar 20, 2012
    I have been informed by people who supposedly know about this matter that a BMW with four wheels is a bimmer; a beemer is a BMW with two wheels.
  24. macrumors newbie

    Aug 15, 2009
    So what? I paid $60k for my car, it is a lot to ask for for these features to work?

    This is coming from a 27 year old registered Democrat by the way. I do care about the problems of the needy and the third would, but the issues are not related.


    Quoted for truth. Though it is a bit snobbish.
  25. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 15, 2010
    Part of the reason why they take longer is because they want to get it right. Take their adaptive cruise control - I couldn't make it screw up when I tried in heavy traffic. And it safely slowed me as someone only doing 120kph pulled out in front of me as I was cruising at 160kph, without either the car not me breaking a sweat.

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