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I think the rationale comes down to the fact that CarPlay is replacing the built-in systems that they *did* charge a subscription for. Most manufacturers sell a subscription like OnStar or BMW ConnectedDrive or Infiniti Connection or one of the others that cost $100-200/yr. With CarPlay or Android Auto, you don't need to pony up excessive fees for live traffic, map updates, advanced search, etc. Most brands realize it's a new world and walk away from that revenue, but it looks like BMW wants their pound of flesh regardless of the services you use and who provides them.
HenryDJP said:I don't understand why Apple created these when they have the Air Pods? Also how are these new PowerBeats Pro charged up?
SpamSandwich said:I wonder if Tim realizes he’s giving Apple money to an Islamic-majority country where racism is a common problem and sharia law is applied in at least part of the country?
blastdoor said:Well, I will say this -- I have no interest in paying a price premium just to get an OLED screen.
But I'm always very interested in a better camera and am willing to pay for that.