the new com box looks really good.
when i ordered my car the idrive / connected drive technology was a big factor for me (apart from the rwd and n54 engine!) and i find it very useful. definately a big leap for the "onboard computer"
interestingly after it had the belt butler replaced (late last year) it has been allowing me to use bmw online or watch dvds whilst driving, and also there is a function where the car reads the news to you (awful voice!)
interesting stuff, but quite often nobody knows how to use it when you ask!