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      01-07-2013, 01:36 PM   #1
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iPhone connectivity in e90/e92

My 2011 e92 (prod 5/10 no Nav base stereo) has USB integration option and the only way I can hook up iPhone is to use the y-cable, which does not work with iPhone 5, but is in the works. I had a loaner e90 2011 328i with same stereo (base or may have been hifi), no navigation and I was able to have my iPhone 5 connected using just the apple cable..

I did use the search function, and the only thing I came up with is "enhanced bluetooth" option, which according to the original sticker I have..

So can someone please articulate the differences? I am confused (nothing new on a monday)...
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Your 2011 loaner was most likely built after September 2010 which is when they made some changes which enabled the Apple cable to be used instead of only the Y.

I'd just stick an old ipod in your console with the "Y" and listen to music that way instead of hooking and unhooking your iphone every time you get in your car. So much easier and less frustrating.
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I'd just stick an old ipod in your console with the "Y"....
I basically repurposed my old iPhone 3gs to be quasi permanent option on my iS.. It gets annoying when I forget to charge my phone the night before and end up unplugging 3gs and plugging iphone 5 using apple cable. It does charge it, I just cant access any of my tunes..

Do you know if there are actually hardware differences with later built 2011 models, or is it just newer software that allows that? It would be interesting to see if older 2011s can be reprogrammed to elimiate the need for the "Y" cable...
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I basically repurposed my old iPhone 3gs to be quasi permanent option on my iS.. It gets annoying when I forget to charge my phone the night before and end up unplugging 3gs and plugging iphone 5 using apple cable. It does charge it, I just cant access any of my tunes..

Do you know if there are actually hardware differences with later built 2011 models, or is it just newer software that allows that? It would be interesting to see if older 2011s can be reprogrammed to elimiate the need for the "Y" cable...
It's effectively only a software difference, but it's embedded software, and not embedded software BMW is prepared to update.

Basically, if you were a BMW design engineer, you could probably make it work, but otherwise you'd need to retrofit updated electronics.

EDIT: for the record, the hardware even in my '09 MULF SHOULD be capable of USB streaming from iOS, although it might possibly be a bit too slow to handle it. But there's no software that exists for those electronics to make it happen.
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Your 335is does not have the combox that was added to 09/10 and later production. I too have a pre 09/10 335is and own an iPhone 5. I just bought the lightening adapter to 30 pin dock connector and it allows me to connect the iPhone 5 to my car. I can still stream Pandora through the iPod integration and it displays the artist info. As a note, if your iPhone case is protecting the connector and speakers on your iPhone, you should get the lightning cable to 30 pin dock connector instead of the small adapter; with the adapter, you have to take your iPhone out of the case to be able to plug it in.
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I believe your car is still under factory warranty? contact your dealer and let them help you
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I believe your car is still under factory warranty? contact your dealer and let them help you
I did and they were clueless.. Regardless it is not a defect, so warranty would not cover any costs.

Thanks all for the info. It is one of those annoyances...
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Hi,

You need this with your Y cable.
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Thanx cencal, already ebay'ed it..
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Hi,

You need this with your Y cable.
I have tryed this with my 2010 logic 7 system and it does not work
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I have tryed this with my 2010 logic 7 system and it does not work
Tried what? The adapter+Y cable? If you have a combox, the normal USB cable will work (though the Y should too, I think). If neither the normal USB nor the lightning adapter+Y work, you've got a jacked up Y cable.
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I can tell you that in my 2011 335d my iPad Mini will connect and flow audio using the Lightning Apple cable but it does not charge.
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I can tell you that in my 2011 335d my iPad Mini will connect and flow audio using the Lightning Apple cable but it does not charge.
You've got a combox. It won't charge because it requires 2A.

In reality, it WILL charge, but it'll say it's not, and if the screen's on/you're using LTE/you're doing anything of modest power draw, it may charge at a slower rate than it discharges.
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I can tell you that in my 2011 335d my iPad Mini will connect and flow audio using the Lightning Apple cable but it does not charge.
Same here!
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