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      11-29-2012, 05:27 PM   #23
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And you've tried setting it to the iPhone, checking function a few times, then setting it back?
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      11-29-2012, 05:40 PM   #24
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Yes I've tried it few times - switching to iPhone and back to BMW

I'll try again!

Can't understand why if it's connected to BMW Siri won't come over the Bluetooth
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      11-30-2012, 06:51 AM   #25
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Yes I get the little bluetooth icon next to Siri when I activate it in the car - it's set to the car not the iPhone.

I am iOS 6.0.1 and iPhone 5.

Paddy - appreciate it if you could check, look forward to your feedback

Thanks for all the replies! Hope I can get it working on mine...
Just checked this morning and I seem to be having the same issues as yourself.

- iPhone works fine with car's bluetooth
- Can stream music over bluetooth via AUX-IN & Blackberry Gateway with no issue
- Whilst Siri does work, you need to read the phone's screen as he can't be heard over the car's speakers.

I think that article you dug out must be accurate in that they've disabled this feature in iOS6?

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If you disconnect your iPhone from the car but not the Blackberry Gateway, Siri returns over the phone's speaker whilst still streaming music.
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Just checked this morning and I seem to be having the same issues as yourself.

- iPhone works fine with car's bluetooth
- Can stream music over bluetooth via AUX-IN & Blackberry Gateway with no issue
- Whilst Siri does work, you need to read the phone's screen as he can't be heard over the car's speakers.

I think that article you dug out must be accurate in that they've disabled this feature in iOS6?

EDIT TO ADD:

If you disconnect your iPhone from the car but not the Blackberry Gateway, Siri returns over the phone's speaker whilst still streaming music.
Thanks Paddy - I'll give that a try! So does that mean we can't have our phones paired to the BB gateway and the car together?? That's a bit rubbish!! Might need to find another A2DP device for streaming the music over Bluetooth that plays nice with the car...
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Thanks Paddy - I'll give that a try! So does that mean we can't have our phones paired to the BB gateway and the car together?? That's a bit rubbish!! Might need to find another A2DP device for streaming the music over Bluetooth that plays nice with the car...
Let me know how you get on but from what I can figure out, it's the car's bluetooth that is preventing Siri from speaking over the stereo.
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      12-04-2012, 08:01 AM   #28
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Haven't looked any more into this but was thinking of getting a Satechi BT remote to use in the car, will be useful. It will also activate Siri but I wonder whether it will come through the speakers - I doubt it.

I tried the Google app and did a voice search and interestingly this came over the car speakers via blueooth - obviously not the same as Siri and only lets you perform searches without any audio feedback. Thought it was strange this worked and not Siri - may be it's the way it is initiated?!?!?!
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Haven't looked any more into this but was thinking of getting a Satechi BT remote to use in the car, will be useful. It will also activate Siri but I wonder whether it will come through the speakers - I doubt it.

I tried the Google app and did a voice search and interestingly this came over the car speakers via blueooth - obviously not the same as Siri and only lets you perform searches without any audio feedback. Thought it was strange this worked and not Siri - may be it's the way it is initiated?!?!?!
I think for some reason or another, Apple have deactivated this feature. Might be worth checking out iOS 6.1 when it's released to see if it works again? Also have heard some suggest that maybe our cars need to have their software updated by BMW?
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Disabled what feature? Siri works over BT great for most of us.
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OK, I think I've got a good theory here...
Guy with trouble: what year is your E90? If it's not a 2011 or newer equipped with the Combox, that could be the issue...
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Siri works fine over BT for most people. Regardless of year. Siri uses handsfree, not a2dp, so a combox isn't necessary.
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Siri works fine over BT for most people. Regardless of year. Siri uses handsfree, not a2dp, so a combox isn't necessary.
Alex - what year is your E90?

Mine is 2007 with bluetooth for calls. Might be something to do with BT on older cars?????
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Alex - what year is your E90?

Mine is 2007 with bluetooth for calls. Might be something to do with BT on older cars?????
2009, so same system: MULF2, handsfree only.
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Mine is 2006 with Bluetooth for calls. Funnily, when I disconnect from the car's BT, I can hear Siri over the speakers. I wonder would a bluetooth update from BMW solve this problem? Or has their even been one?
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2007 IDrive here - Siri works perfectly fine over bluetooth. I can have a long convo/multiple lookup discussion with Siri, and it will only disconnect when Siri goes to sleep/disappears from my iP5 screen. Music will resume as soon as the siri convo ends, independent of input.

One note is that I do not plug my working phone into the y-adapter: I keep an older 3gs in my center console as an iPod. Perhaps plugging in your phone to the y-adapter is causing the audio/ipod function to override anything else.
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As a quick additional point, if you can make your data phone a hot spot, you can connect your y-cable attached phone/ipod touch to play pandora or other online music thru ad-hoc wifi.
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One note is that I do not plug my working phone into the y-adapter: I keep an older 3gs in my center console as an iPod. Perhaps plugging in your phone to the y-adapter is causing the audio/ipod function to override anything else.
I think both hems77 & myself are non-iDrive and neither of us are using the Y-adapter. Apparently this all worked perfectly before iOS6 was released ...
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I think both hems77 & myself are non-iDrive and neither of us are using the Y-adapter. Apparently this all worked perfectly before iOS6 was released ...
I'm on iOS 6.01 - and it works fine on my 07. Good luck with the troubleshooting.
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For no apparent reason it worked once today just after the car started, then reverted back to its old ways shortly there after ...
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Just following up on this -

Paddy - that's weird! Has it worked again or is working now?

Anerbe - do you have any other calling apps installed, like Skype? Was just googling around and wondered whether another app like this might interfere with it.

I noticed if I use the voice search feature in the Google app - this works over Bluetooth in the car. It's just Siri I'm having the problem with.
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Just following up on this -

Paddy - that's weird! Has it worked again or is working now?

Anerbe - do you have any other calling apps installed, like Skype? Was just googling around and wondered whether another app like this might interfere with it.

I noticed if I use the voice search feature in the Google app - this works over Bluetooth in the car. It's just Siri I'm having the problem with.
If I'm listening to iPod, sometimes siri will have problems (activate siri, it connects to BT, then disconnects before you get a chance to talk). But I haven't yet had problems with google maps. Except if google maps is connecting via BT, necessarily that means that the iPhone isn't plugged in to the iPod interface.
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Siri works when connected via USB & 30-pin/lightning adapter. Can't get it to work over BT.

2011 E90 with the UPD010006 installed.

Will keep trying things, but no joy so far. Also, to start Siri I can only get it to work by holding the home button on the phone - but I can answer text msgs with it etc. when I do that.

(Not sure how useful that will be, but I guess we'll see!)
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Siri works fine for me over BT, I have a 2007 328i that I just completed the Bluetooth retrofit to.
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