The video shows the cable connection and usage method of the BMW E90. The connection and usage methods of other BMW models are the same as the E90.
How does it work?
While the unit (CarPlay Head unit) is inactive, the original video signal is passed unchanged and your car works as before.
After activating the CarPlay Head unit, the CarPlay unit video signal is shown on the display instead.
When you reverse the car while using the CarPlay system, the system will automatically switch to the camera without manual operation.
You can easily switch system back and forth between the unit and your original head unit.
(TIPS: Press and hold the “Menu” key to switch the system)
This is a multimedia touch screen with built-in compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Google Android auto. It will replace your OEM screen and add the following features to your car:
- Apple CarPlay (wired and wireless)
- Android Auto (wired and wireless)
- Play video or music from USB
The head unit Built-in microphone and supports Siri and Google Assistant either via voice keyword (‘Hey Siri’ / ‘Okay Google’) or by long-pressing the steering wheel voice button.
NOTE: This unit is not an Android system. You must be connected to your phone (wired or wireless) to use CarPlay and Android auto functions. Without a mobile phone connected, you can only use the OEM system or simple music and video playback functions.
This unit does not support AirPlay and Android screen mirroring.
Available Language: English, Français, Deutsche, italiano, 日本語, 한국어, русский, Polski, Español, Português, Nederlands, Ελληνικά, Magyar, Gaeilge, Suomalainen, čeština, 中文(简体)，中文(繁体)
Screen size: 10.25"(touch screen)
Screen material: TFT
Shipping: Free Shipping
Courier company: DHL/CNE
Shipping Warehouse: Germany / China
Delivery Time: 2-7 days
Tax: No Tax
Package Size: 31.5 × 20 × 16 cm
Package weight: 4kg
Apple CarPlay & Android auto Head unit for BMW Series 5 F10 F11 F18
Only a few cons. The installation instructions could be a little bit more clearer, I wish the screen was as anti-glare as the OEM screen and lastly, my sideview camera doesn't automatically take over the video input the way the 360 and reverse camera do. I have to switch to the OEM view and then the sideview camera works.
However, the unit works exactly as explained. Not only is it the lowest priced option I've seen, but it offers exactly what I wanted - Android Auto/CarPlay. It is a shame that only CarPlay is wireless but there are dongles coming out soon to make AA wireless as well. The touchscreen also seems pretty responsive and it's cool that the iDrive controller can also interact with the system. I'm overall pretty satisfied with the end result.
Haven't installed it yet ... but it looks great ... Can't wait to see how it looks