Currently, BMW vehicles with “6P1” are not shipped with CarPlay support. The company announced that the global chip shortage has prevented the manufacturer from providing CarPlay support for the time being.
CarPlay is Apple’s infotainment system that allows iOS users to perform various tasks hands-free while driving like making and answering calls, playing music, getting directions, sending or receiving texts and more via the vehicle’s built-in display. Over 600 models are compatible with CarPlay.
BMW will expand CarPlay support in the affected vehicles via an update in June
Since 2020, global automobiles, tech, and electronic manufacturing industries are facing production issues because of the chip crisis caused by COVID-19 pandemic-related supply constraints, water shortage in Taiwan, and harsh winter in Texas.
Persisting in 2022, the global chip shortage resulted in the automobile manufacturer changing its supplier which is the reason for the temporary suspension of CarPlay support. The chips currently used in the affected BMW models are not compatible with Apple’s in-car platform and Android Auto.
Having said that, the manufacturer has announced that by the end of June, it will expand the support via an over-the-air software update. The company said in a statement:
“The chips built into these cars in the first four months of this year need updated software in order to be fully functional and offer Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and Wi-Fi capability. An over-the-air update will be offered “by the end of June at the latest” to reenable support.
BMW also offers Apple Car Keys support in select models which allows users to unlock and start vehicles via a digital car key stored in their iPhones. Car Keys even work for up to 5 hours after an iPhone runs out of battery and users can also share their keys with family and friends.