New BMW 5 Series First to Offer HARMAN Wireless Apple CarPlay™

March 15th, 2017 by

BMW 5 Series

2017 BMW 5 Series Wireless Apple CarPlay™

Recently, HARMAN announced the successful implementation of wireless Apple CarPlay™ capability using a vehicle’s Bluetooth® technology and Wi-Fi. The innovative feature will be offered for the very first time in the 2017 BMW 5 Series and will greatly improve the in-car wireless experience.

How does Apple CarPlay™ work?

Up until now, Apple CarPlay™ required a USB connection with a compatible Apple device. Now, since HARMAN has enabled wireless implementation, the feature is able to operate using Bluetooth® connectivity and data transferring through Wi-Fi. The HARMAN system allows drivers to control a number of iPhone features, such as calling, playing music, checking emails, and navigation, using the same Apple interface on the display screen in their vehicle.

Using wireless Apple CarPlay™ in the BMW 5 Series

HARMAN’s new wireless Apple CarPlay™ functionality eliminates the needs for wires in the 2017 BMW 5 Series, thus reducing clutter and improving simplicity. In the BMW 5 Series, drivers are able to operate certain iPhone functions via the screen in the vehicle using either the iDrive Controller or touch-screen display. In addition to wireless Apple CarPlay™, drivers can also upgrade to optional wireless charging in the 2017 BMW 5 Series. This feature utilizes an inductive charging tray to charge devices wirelessly and includes a WiFi hotspot with a free 3-month trial through AT&T.

If you would like additional information about HARMAN wireless Apple CarPlay™ in the 2017 BMW 5 Series, we encourage you to contact our team at BMW of North Haven. Feel free to check out our new BMW inventory and schedule a time to experience the innovative lineup in person.