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      08-25-2019, 11:09 AM   #1
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Comparison Chart Listing 7 Fxx Wireless/Wired/iD 4 Andriod
Auto/Apple Carplay Retrofit Kits



Option 1: BimmerTech MMI Plus CarPlay Mirroring Interface
https://www.bimmer-tech.net/shop/bmw...ts/carplay-mmi

Price: $575 USD (price quoted for one unit)

Pros:
  • Supports Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay
  • Good customer support
  • Integrates with the built-in microphone for iDrive 4. External mic is needed in CarPlay mode
  • Full-support for steering wheel buttons
  • Supports wireless CarPlay
  • Full-screen mode
  • Android Auto & Park Assist Addons
Cons:
  • No touch screen support

Option 2: Unichip CarPlay Smartbox
http://www.unichip-tec.com/h-pd-16.html#_pp=109_880

Price: $439 USD (price quoted for one unit)

Pros:
  • Supports full-screen mode
  • Supports steering wheel controls
  • Front camera/sensors confirmed working
Cons:
  • Poor customer support
  • Requires a standalone microphone
  • Doesn't support wireless CarPlay (but a wireless option is 'coming soon')
  • No touch screen support

Option 3: Unique Audio Developments CarPlay Mirroring Interface
https://unique-ad.co.uk/product/carp...ies-2013-2016/
Genuine Unique Auto Developments wireless kit

Price: £465.99 GBP (about $572 USD)(price quoted for one unit)

Pros:
  • Supports Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay
  • Supports steering wheel controls
  • Supports AirPlay and screen mirroring
  • Integrates with the built-in microphone in iDrive 4. External mic is needed in CarPlay mode
  • Unique AD, BimmerTech & Joyeauto front camera/sensors do in fact work
  • Supports full-screen mode
Cons:
  • Mixed reviews about customer support by email. Chat is best during business hours only and seems good
  • No touch screen support

Option 4: Joyeauto CarPlay Mirroring Interface
https://www.joyeauto.com/bmw-nbt-1-2...play-solution/
Rebranded Unique Auto Developments wireless kit

Price: $419 USD (price quoted for one unit)

Pros:
  • Supports Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay
  • Supports steering wheel controls
  • Supports AirPlay and screen mirroring
  • Integrates with the built-in microphone in iDrive 4. External mic is needed in CarPlay mode
  • Unique AD, BimmerRetrofit & Joyeauto front camera/sensors do in fact work
  • Supports full-screen mode
  • UI accessed through BMW icon on CarPlay homescreen
Cons:
  • No touch screen support

Option 5: Kremersino/FCtech
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3300...480e9daeaQbX5P
Seems similar in functionality as Unique AD/Bimmerretrofit/Joyeauto wireless kits

Price: $238 USD (price quoted for one unit)

Pros:
  • Supports Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay
  • Supports steering wheel controls
  • Front camera/sensors do work
  • Supports full-screen mode
  • Cheapest option of all
Cons:
  • No touch screen support
  • External mic is needed in CarPlay mode
  • Sourced only through aliexpress. No website to give confidence on the company
  • Does not have a vented box like Joyeauto (potentially heat may cause issues)
  • Does not have an external wifi antenna

Option 6: Bimmer-Tech NBT EVO ID5/ID6 Navigation Retrofit
https://www.bimmer-tech.net/shop/bmw...ation-retrofit

Price: $2499 USD

Pros:
  • Supports steering wheel controls
  • Front camera/sensors do work
  • Supports full-screen mode
  • Works just like OEM stock
  • Factory mic is used
  • Touch screen support
  • Uses factory Wi-Fi antenna
Cons:
  • Most expensive option

Option 7: BimmerRetrofit Wireless Apple CarPlay Retrofit for NBT iDrive
https://www.bimmerretrofit.com/store...product_id=125
Rebranded Unique Auto Developments wireless kit


Price: $599 USD (price quoted for one unit)

Pros:
  • Supports Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay
  • Good customer support
  • Supports steering wheel controls
  • Front camera/sensors do work
  • Supports full-screen mode
  • Integrates with the built-in microphone in iDrive 4. External mic is needed in CarPlay mode
  • Uses Wi-Fi antenna
Cons:
  • More expensive than Joyeauto
  • No touch screen support
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Interested in this but would need someone to complete this install. Are you aware of anyone in the Orlando area ?
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      08-26-2019, 04:31 PM   #3
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Interested in this but would need someone to complete this install. Are you aware of anyone in the Orlando area ?
There's tons of YouTube videos. It's really plug n play. All you need is a torx screwdriver to install.
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      08-28-2019, 05:57 AM   #4
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Appreciate your awesome great write up Im actually really Interested, thought I'm looking for options with android auto rather than apple car play, from the look of it, not sure if all the above options support AA.

Edit: The Joyeauto does in fact work with AA as per Joyeauto chat.

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would love to be involved, sent a pm to the user mentioned. nothing yet.
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      08-28-2019, 09:51 AM   #6
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Appreciate your awesome great write up Im actually really Interested, thought I'm looking for options with android auto rather than apple car play, from the look of it, not sure if all the above options support AA.

Edit: The Joyeauto does in fact work with AA as per Joyeauto chat.
Yes, not everyone is in the Apple camp. I'll update the page and thanks for confirming!
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