BMW iDrive Software Update
If you own a BMW car you would know that even several years old BMW feels updated in terms of its features and style. And that's what you paid extra money for when you bought a BMW car.
Unfortunately, that is not the case with the iDrive unit of the BMW cars. With technology changing so fast the iDrive software lags behind after just months. For example, every year there are new models of Apple and Android phones. These models have the latest softwares and with these updated softwares come new features as well. Due to this after some time your iDrive unit won't be able to connect or use the features which the newer phones have to offer. For instance, in the latest BMW models, you can easily access the voice assistant (SIRI/Google Assistant) in your iDrive unit from a touch on the steering wheel. But the older models cannot access the voice assistants of your phones.
So to get these updated features in your BMW you need to make iDrive software update. And you'll be able to connect your phones with your iDrive unit easily.
But if the iDrive unit of your BMW is outdated then you will have to upgrade the whole unit. For example, Apple Carplay app was integrated into BMW iDrive in 2017. The models which came before 2017 cannot have this option by just updating the software of the iDrive unit. They will have to retrofit the iDrive unit in order to use the Apple Carplay feature.
These iDrive updates are not provided by BMW, but an after-market company like OEM Navigations can help with a full BMW iDrive upgrade.
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