BMW shuns Apple's 'iOS in the Car' to stick with its own technology [u]

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  • Reply 61 of 164
    rcomeaurcomeau Posts: 79member
    mistergsf said:
    ..."Really? Is that why they all look like crap? Because by the time you put it in your cars, it already looks decades old?"

    There is a lot of compliance and certification testing for anything electrical or electronic that goes into a car (electromagnetic interference) so it is a huge investment over and above the actual product development. I agree that most of the stuff in a dashboard looks a few years outdated, and that is one of the reasons.
  • Reply 62 of 164
    patpatpatpatpatpat Posts: 629member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by stelligent View Post


     


    That's only true in some circles. 


     


    Actually, make that untrue in any circle, because it's Beemer, not Beamer.



    Anyone that is a BMW car enthusiast will know bimmer for cars. Period.

  • Reply 63 of 164
    nexusphan wrote: »
    Thanks for using the very old system in ford as an example. Here is what they look like today. 

    MyFordTouch_Phone_CallProgress-screen.jpg
    Wow! That looks just like the screenshot in this article - http://wheels.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/20/ford-continues-to-slide-in-jd-power-survey-on-automaker-quality/

    So I guess what MFT can do that iOS in the car can't, is make a carmaker's quality rating go into freefall.
  • Reply 64 of 164
    dasanman69dasanman69 Posts: 13,002member
    rob55 wrote: »
    I was wondering about that myself. Is it to say that you're a dick (or have to be one) if you drive a BMW or that BMWs make it easier to pick up men?

    Or that pussies drive them. Lol
  • Reply 65 of 164
    avidmacavidmac Posts: 12member
    If we can stop bashing BMW drivers for a minute%u2026

    I drive a 2012 BMW and its iDrive feature is an embarrassment. Counterintuitive, overly complicated, and just plain clunky, iDrive is by far the worst feature on an otherwise great car. A driver's chance of using voice control to successfully do anything %u2013 make a phone call, find a location, even enter a city is about zero. You need to be in the proper mode, use the proper wording, and hope for the best:

    "Call Roberta."
    "Find Indiana?"

    While I can plug in my iPhone and play music and podcasts, the car also features a hard drive (yes, you read right, not solid state) to store songs but get this, it won't allow me download my music library from the iPhone. Instead, I must load songs from my Mac onto a flash drive and then go through a convoluted process to get them on the car's drive. Delete or add a song? Errrr, not likely.

    I complain here not to boo-hoo, but because according to Apple and this article, BMW will not be taking advantage of existing first-rate technology in the future, relying instead on a new "proprietary" system. Man, they just don't get it.
  • Reply 66 of 164
    stelligentstelligent Posts: 2,680member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by patpatpat View Post


    Anyone that is a BMW car enthusiast will know bimmer for cars. Period.



    Nope. Geography-dependent.


     


    But, those who think so definitely believe in it passionately, as you demonstrate. 

  • Reply 67 of 164
    ddawson100ddawson100 Posts: 520member


    Everyone who's complaining about in-dash integration for their preferred cars, please call a dealer to let them know. They may feel it's a small thing but they won't think of it at all unless they hear. And anyone who won't treat your comment seriously isn't a good sales person. Of course, it helps immensely if you already have a relationship with them (have bought a car from them).

  • Reply 68 of 164
    rob55rob55 Posts: 1,291member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ArtDecoDalek View Post


    iPhone-owning middle managers and Wall Street douchbags will be very disappointed.



     


    Ok, so now you have to be either of the above or a dick to drive a BMW. Glad that's been squared away. At least I'll be able to sleep well tonight with that knowledge.

  • Reply 69 of 164
    rob55rob55 Posts: 1,291member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by avidmac View Post



    While I can plug in my iPhone and play music and podcasts, the car also features a hard drive (yes, you read right, not solid state) to store songs but get this, it won't allow me download my music library from the iPhone. Instead, I must load songs from my Mac onto a flash drive and then go through a convoluted process to get them on the car's drive. Delete or add a song? Errrr, not likely.

     


     


    This probably has more to do with Apple than BMW.

  • Reply 70 of 164
    patpatpatpatpatpat Posts: 629member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by stelligent View Post


    Nope. Geography-dependent.


     


    But, those who think so definitely believe in it passionately, as you demonstrate. 



    Geography dependent, is why I said it. The OP and the person who responded are both in USA.

  • Reply 71 of 164
    rob55rob55 Posts: 1,291member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by ddawson100 View Post


    Everyone who's complaining about in-dash integration for their preferred cars, please call a dealer to let them know. They may feel it's a small thing but they won't think of it at all unless they hear. And anyone who won't treat your comment seriously isn't a good sales person. Of course, it helps immensely if you already have a relationship with them (have bought a car from them).



     


    I told my salesman that the run-flats that BMW uses suck, but my comment fell on deaf ears. (and I've gotten 3 cars from him so far).

  • Reply 72 of 164
    switch23switch23 Posts: 14member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by stelligent View Post

    Nope.

     

    To quote Satch Carlson, are you referring to "certain demented Los Angelenos, including journalists and novelists, [who] use Beamer, just to see if they can cause a reaction?"
  • Reply 73 of 164
    patpatpatpatpatpat Posts: 629member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Rob55 View Post


     


    I told my salesman that the run-flats that BMW uses suck, but my comment fell on deaf ears. (and I've gotten 3 cars from him so far).



    Agree 100%. Car salesmen try to sell you what they have not what they don't have. If anyone wants to complain or make a statement, write directly to BMWNA or visit the many BMW forums and post there.  That's how the M3 came to USA. Enthusiasts bugging BMWNA.

  • Reply 74 of 164
    mistergsfmistergsf Posts: 243member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by patpatpat View Post


    Anyone that is a BMW car enthusiast will know bimmer for cars. Period.



    I was waiting for someone to point that out!  Thanks.

  • Reply 75 of 164
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by nagromme View Post



    I want knobs and buttons--real ones--for climate control.



    For everything else, I want iOS! Car UI's are horrible!


    That's why BMW went with a physical knob for the UI control. The indexed notches allow for more precise selection of options. I, like some others here, think the BMW voice activated features are poor, but most of the time I have trouble getting Siri to understand me as well. Google, on the other hand, is near perfect in recognizing my speech and is also tens if not hundreds of times faster than Siri, especially in low signal areas. It is interesting that both of the voice platforms play through the car speakers even when not plugged in, but I guess that makes sense as the car is essentially acting like a BT headset.

  • Reply 76 of 164
    avidmacavidmac Posts: 12member


    You may be right, but considering that the cable in the car is designed specifically for the iPhone, it's a pretty rude surprise. image

  • Reply 77 of 164
    rob55 wrote: »
    Ok, so now you have to be either of the above or a dick to drive a BMW. Glad that's been squared away. At least I'll be able to sleep well tonight with that knowledge.

    The hell you will soldier. We still have important questions to answer before any of us gets any sleep. Namely: Is it "Beemer","Bimmer"or"Beamer" and how do these apply/not apply to their motorcycles.
    :D
    I've owned a 5 series in the past and a good friend put a half a million miles on his motorcycle so I feel like I should know this crucial information.
  • Reply 78 of 164
    dotcomctodotcomcto Posts: 130member
    Good grief! Over the past decade I've had 4 BMWs (including my wife's cars). In no circumstance have I ever said, "Wow! BMW's systems are so advanced and easy to use!" Seriously...BMW's car systems are HORRID, and yes that includes the newest BMWs because I had a brand new 2013 BMW as a loaner car while my wife's car was in for service. BMW makes a great car, but their systems are sorely lacking, and I'm really disappointed - though not surprised by - BMW's stance on this matter.
  • Reply 79 of 164
    mstonemstone Posts: 11,510member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by avidmac View Post


    You may be right, but considering that the cable in the car is designed specifically for the iPhone, it's a pretty rude surprise. image



    Yes, but considering that iTunes needs devices to be authorized in order to copy some songs, and because iTunes is not running on a BMW, it seems reasonable to assume that Apple would not allow a car to sync/copy your data or media because Apple cannot authorize a car. It is better that the car not pop up alert dialogs that the car is not authorized  for this or that. It just makes it simpler to just not allow it. That is the Apple way.

  • Reply 80 of 164
    rob55rob55 Posts: 1,291member

    Quote:

    Originally Posted by Doctor David View Post





    The hell you will soldier. We still have important questions to answer before any of us gets any sleep. Namely: Is it "Beemer","Bimmer"or"Beamer" and how do these apply/not apply to their motorcycles.

    image

    I've owned a 5 series in the past and a good friend put a half a million miles on his motorcycle so I feel like I should know this crucial information.


     


    And now we have a fourth category of "pussies" (though that one may have genuinely been in jest as indicated by the smiley face).


     


    Based on this article: http://jalopnik.com/139926/bimmer-vs-beamer-the-answer , you can pretty much do away with "Beamer". It looks like "Bimmer" is the appropriate nickname for us four-wheeled motorists and "Beemer" for the two-wheeled variety.

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