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      12-03-2011, 06:58 PM   #1
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Just got new 2011 with all the media stuff but some surprises

And in the first day I have to say - you have to be kidding about a couple of things.
The iPod option doesn't include the Y cable to hook up. At least that is what dealer told me - so I just took the one that came with my MINI with me. It really doesn't come with the cable after paying all that for a the interface.

The Navigation system doesn't automatically switch from day to night display? My $100 Garmin did that but the couple of thousand dollar BMW one doesn't.
I have to say at least in 3D display - there sure isn't a lot of detail on the Navigation Unit.

I didn't order this car but bought it while it was on the boat. I'm still not sure what the smartphone integration and apps option bought me? It almost sounds as if I have to spend another couple of hundred dollars and buy a cradle for my iPhone 4s to do more than it does with Bluetooth and/or iPod interface kit.

Maybe I'll figure out more - my dealer didn't seem to know much about the electronics other than the sales pitch.
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The smartphone and apps are required if you get navigation on the last of the e9x series. If you have the combox, you shouldn't need a y cable anymore, or so I've been told. And yes, the lack of auto day/night navigation screen dimming is annoying
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And in the first day I have to say - you have to be kidding about a couple of things.
The iPod option doesn't include the Y cable to hook up. At least that is what dealer told me - so I just took the one that came with my MINI with me. It really doesn't come with the cable after paying all that for a the interface.

The Navigation system doesn't automatically switch from day to night display? My $100 Garmin did that but the couple of thousand dollar BMW one doesn't.
I have to say at least in 3D display - there sure isn't a lot of detail on the Navigation Unit.

I didn't order this car but bought it while it was on the boat. I'm still not sure what the smartphone integration and apps option bought me? It almost sounds as if I have to spend another couple of hundred dollars and buy a cradle for my iPhone 4s to do more than it does with Bluetooth and/or iPod interface kit.

Maybe I'll figure out more - my dealer didn't seem to know much about the electronics other than the sales pitch.
1) just use the cable that came with your iPod.

2) for apps you need a iPhone. You've got one of those right? You need to download BMW connected. Pandora and Mog from the iTunes store. Mog is a paid service FYI.

All apps will work fine with the standard iPod cable. No cradle is required.
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Thanks
Other than this board is there somewhere with good documentation on all the pieces of this system? If I look at the owners manual it says you hook up your iphone with the Y cable - obviously that has changed but other than places like this how would you know?
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http://www.bmw.com/com/en/owners/bmw...ted-manual.pdf
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Thanks - as much as I looked I never found that and it wasn't in my paper manuals delivered with the car.
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