Does that require the 6.5 or 8 inch display? Would mini really provide a software update? Does CarPlay work without a touchscreen?Fear Not! I heard from a (for the moment confidential) source that there "MAY WELL BE" a retrofit software update available for carplay (and the android equivalent) with iDrive units of 2014/5 or later.
More news as I get it, but allegedly the core infrastructure is in place. I suspect it will cost a few quid mind you...
My girlfriend has a mazda and it uses both a touchscreen and an idrive style controller. We always just use the controller, much easier. Also the touchscreen locks itself when the car is moving, so the controller is the only way to change it while driving.Has anyone actually used a touchscreen, particularly whilst driving?
I have an F56 MCS, the wife has a Ford Focus with Sync 2 touchscreen. I find the tactle feedback in the Mini so much easier to use. With the Ford touchscreen your arm is outstretched, even the slightest bump in the road and you press the wrong "button", so you're continually looking at it to confirm what you've pressed.
Typically Carplay augments but does not replace the functionality that's already present in the car. They may change in the future, but today, Carplay is an add on. It would probably show up in the top menu as another option in the way that Mini Connected shows up.Thinking about it, a retrofit kind of makes sense. I may not fully understand how the system works, but my understanding is carplay is apple only? Wouldn't only people with iphones be able to utilize carplay? If so, there doesn't make any sense to have carplay replace the current MINI connected set up because for those who want the extra features, but have an android-based phone...they would still need a separate system (either android auto, or the current MINI system). Allowing people to simply have carplay installed would allow those with android-based phone to use MINI connected (current system) and those with iphones to utilize carplay. I guess maybe I'm not 100% sure how carplay integrates with the car/phone.