• BMW Will No Longer Charge A Subscription For CarPlay

    10 days ago - By Ubergizmo

    Back in July, BMW announced that for its newer cars with the CarPlay option, customers who wanted to include the feature would have to pay an annual subscription to use it. This is unlike how other carmakers approach additional features in their cars, where it is usually a one-off fee to add extras. Naturally, this did not sit well with many customers especially when you consider that you can add CarPlay through third-party units without paying a subscription. It turns out that BMW has also since rethought their process and has confirmed that they will now be eliminating the need for a...
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  • BMW does about-face, drops CarPlay annual subscription requirement

    BMW does about-face, drops CarPlay annual subscription requirement

    11 days ago - By Ars Technica

    Enlarge / A BMW X7 navigating an off-road course
    When you buy a new car, you own it. Make the payments, and the car is 100 percent yours, with the only standing relationship between you and the carmaker consisting of scheduled maintenance. BMW broke that model when it decided to sell a software subscription along with its new cars, forcing buyers to pay $80 per year for continued access to CarPlay in cars that support Apple's in-car infotainment interface.
    As first reported by Autocar, the German automaker has decided to get rid of the subscription fee and make CarPlay standard across...
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