When BMW added Apple CarPlay as an option to its vehicles, it decided to charge an $80 a year subscription fee, which was obviously a bad decision since other automakers don’t charge an additional fee for it. Now BMW has changed its ways and has decided to add it for free to any vehicle that has navigation.
Initially BMW decided to charge for Apple CarPlay, since it offered an advantage over its rivals – drivers could connect wirelessly to Apple CarPlay. A few months ago, BMW told Car and Driver that it wanted to charge for Apple CarPlay because it had to do extra work to make sure that Apple CarPlay would consistently be up to date with its iDrive system.
Of course BMW’s customers didn’t like the idea of having to pay an additional fee to use Apple CarPlay, so BMW has decided to kill the fee.