Originally Posted by Robert Bray
Originally Posted by Relic
Yeah, both my husband and I drive BMW's and though the iDrive system has gotten better over the years it still sucks. Mercedes isn't any better with their system either. I would like to see a in dash iPad solution of some sort.
I was having a discussion about this a few days ago. Find some way of integrating things that won't or doesn't need to change (IE: Cabling and bluetooth can be done for the longer term.)
The basic problem is is that cars have lifespans of anything up to 20+ years. Computer devices such as tablets and phones have lifespans of 1/10th of that. They need to modularise car computing and entertainment systems so that they can be easily upgraded or replaced entirely as new technology comes out, rather than thinking that what they put in will still be good in a couple of decades time. (Seriously, imagine having to use something that still used Windows 3.11)
Having someone like BMW give you "the complete package" doesn't ensure that you're going to receive the best experience. It ensures that your experience will become increasingly outdated without a single thing you can do about it.
Very good point. Even during the roughly 10 years of the "universal dock adapter" each new device ended up incompatible with the previous: no charging, no FW, no this, no that.
Unless Apple starts openly licensing iOS for embedded devices, and guarantees to support iOS versions for at least 15 years, this won't work.
Example: a friend of mine (not so well off, in Russia) bought a used iPhone 3G while in the US a couple of years ago. Even at that, it was quite an expense. Had to reset the device, and now can't reinstall Skype and Facebook, because iTunes happily kept updating the iOS apps in the library to the latest versions, regardless if they would still install on the iPhone linked to the library.
So something as simple as a hardware reset, and you lose utility in real, measureable ways, because the AppStore doesn't keep milestone releases of software for devices that can't upgrade to the latest iOS versions.
My original iPhone, which I still have, is essentially useless, even though it works perfectly, because almost no apps install on it anymore, it can't be upgraded to work with iCloud, etc.
My car is a 2004 model year, has just about 26k miles on it, and hopefully will serve me at least another 10 years.
Apple needs to support their products for much longer for them to mesh into the automotive fabric.