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      07-16-2012, 07:48 PM   #1
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USB connection for iPhone

I am confused? Dealer told me that I can just use the USB port to play music from my iPhone while doing the euro delivery? But I have read on this site that you need BMW apps to do that? I have the basic HUD. No apps. Will this work? Or do I still need a y cable? Thank you!
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I am confused? Dealer told me that I can just use the USB port to play music from my iPhone while doing the euro delivery? But I have read on this site that you need BMW apps to do that? I have the basic HUD. No apps. Will this work? Or do I still need a y cable? Thank you!

Caveat: I have not taken delivery of my F30 yet, nor have I ever had a BMW. But from what I've gathered through this forum and others is that without US Tech package, OR Apps, OR Enhanced USB/BT option, you can not simply plug your iPod/iphone into the USB port with the standard white Apple cable; You will need the y-cable.

I'm not clear what you mean by the "basic HUD." Do you mean the head's up display? Because I think that is only an option if you get the full Tech package, in which case you are covered. If you mean the smaller LCD screen (instead of the large Nav screen that comes with the Tech package), and you do not have enhanced USB/BT and/or Apps, you will need the y-cable to access your tunes.

I can not say with any certainty, but I'd imagine you could also use a stereo mini plug male to male cable and simply plug your iPod/iPhone into the audio port and hear the music, but you won't be able to control it via iDrive.

Again, I do not have (yet!) a F30, but this is what my research has lead me to believe.
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Yes you are correct I meant the smaller display. I think I will buy a y cable just in case

I kind of want to go to the dealer an try all of the variables haha

And thank you for your feedback. I appreciate it!
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Yes you are correct I meant the smaller display. I think I will buy a y cable just in case

I kind of want to go to the dealer an try all of the variables haha

And thank you for your feedback. I appreciate it!
BMW does a lousy job explaining the options for audio connectivity, and I've heard too many stories of "client advisors" not really understanding the options/features either. I've also read that some folks receive Y cables with their cars when they get them (as in: packaged with the car manual) but I'd definitely take a Y cable just to cover your bases. Very jealous of your ED, btw!
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      07-16-2012, 09:21 PM   #5
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Yes that is true in a way. Its probalbly since its a new model. I was a lot more informed going to the dealer but mainly because of reading some of the posts on here. Yea Ed will be fun but it's going to be a waiting game!
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Yes that is true in a way. Its probalbly since its a new model. I was a lot more informed going to the dealer but mainly because of reading some of the posts on here. Yea Ed will be fun but it's going to be a waiting game!
Waiting game? My car has to make it all the way to Alaska! You'll see your car long before me. And get to drive the autobahn!
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      07-17-2012, 11:49 AM   #7
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Haha geez!! I do feel bad for you wait. But I bet that your bmw will be one of a kind up there.
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Bmw assist is the feature that means you dont need the y cable.
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I don't think BMW assist is a standard feature?
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      07-20-2012, 07:12 PM   #10
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Neither is a direct connection to iphone or ipod via usb. No assist=ycable.
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      07-20-2012, 10:22 PM   #11
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Makes sense. Thanks
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