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      07-02-2012, 11:46 AM   #1
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BMW released an update to BMW Connected today for iPhones and vehicles that support BMW Apps.

This is a rundown of the new changes....

New functions:
## NEW ECO PRO Analyser (only in conjunction with the new Professional generation of navigation systems, available in selected models from July 2012):
This driving style analyser evaluates the efficiency of acceleration, braking, and gear shifting for the maximum range.
Driving style efficiency is enhanced in addition with helpful ECO tips

## NEWWiki Local (now also available outside of the vehicle):
Wiki Local is the ideal travelling companion.
Browse through Wikipedia articles about the places and sights near you. You can even have them read out to you.
Now you can use your iPhone on the road as well to view the matches and your favourites together with their Wikipedia articles.

As well as many other useful functions:
  • News (RSS feeds both inside and outside of the vehicle)
  • Web radio (RSS feeds both inside and outside of the vehicle)
  • Calendar (view entries in the vehicle, and have them read out to you)
  • Twitter/Facebook (view status messages in the vehicle, and have them read out to you)
  • Last Mile Navigation & Vehicle Finder (destinations and the vehicle’s geometric data transferred to your iPhone)


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It should be noted that Calendar can now be accessd from the "Office" menu next to messages where it should be.
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      07-02-2012, 11:53 AM   #2
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I now hate my dumb Idrive!
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      07-21-2012, 01:22 PM   #3
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      07-21-2012, 01:33 PM   #4
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      07-21-2012, 01:39 PM   #5
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Gotta wonder why in the blue hell they did this for some lame Apple instead of most popular os in the world, Android... kinda like what some Audi would do...
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      07-21-2012, 01:50 PM   #6
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Gotta wonder why in the blue hell they did this for some lame Apple instead of most popular os in the world, Android... kinda like what some Audi would do...
Agreed! While their at it, add Windows Phone which will probably take apples market share in the coming years.
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      07-21-2012, 01:52 PM   #7
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      07-21-2012, 02:00 PM   #8
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Agreed! While their at it, add Windows Phone which will probably take apples market share in the coming years.
simple, because they have a contract with apple
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      07-21-2012, 02:07 PM   #9
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^ also it's a more stable and secure platform.
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Android support is in development, as mentioned in other recent BMW announcements, slated for 2013.
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This is why they do everything with Apple;
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iOS is a much easier platform for them to develop for outside of any contract they have. Since over 80% of iPhones run the current release of the apple OS, its much easier to deal with compatibility than android. I believe the percentage of phones up to date on that platform is somewhere just north of 15%.
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This is why they do everything with Apple;
Also Apple Engineers have worked with BMW Engineers for years now ... while I agree one needs to look at all the other platforms as well, it's just not economically feasable for BMW to do so ...

I guess BMW had to pick someone so they picked Apple ... guess the old saying holds true "One cannot please everyone"


I am glad they did go with Apple ... I worked on PC's from 1984 to 2000 then I switched to Apple ... glad I did
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      07-21-2012, 02:58 PM   #14
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Is this something upgradable at the dealer? I am just about to take delivery of MY12 June production E92M... it's not something I work up about but would be nice to get the updated app software if it's possible.
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      07-21-2012, 03:01 PM   #15
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Agreed! While their at it, add Windows Phone which will probably take apples market share in the coming years.
Sounds like a lot of wishing...I think apple will further surpass android and window and will stay on top for a long time.

This being said to me sounds like you guys are biased towards android or windows. I am a software developer/programer/engineer. Worked most of my life on windows and ever since I started working on both apple OS is way better imo.

Don't get me wrong they each have their pros and cons...to each his own. I think the majority will agree with BMW (since they only use the best) that they made the right choice.
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Sounds like a lot of wishing...I think apple will further surpass android and window and will stay on top for a long time.

Don't get me wrong they each have their pros and cons...to each his own. I think the majority will agree with BMW (since they only use the best) that they made the right choice.
Who is "the majority?"

Also, just because BMW uses a platform hardly means it's 'the best'.

A responsible company would develop and integrate across multiple platforms. Especially for something like an automobile which is used by literally hundreds of thousands of various consumers; all with varying preferences in their mobile device choices.

...You should know this, being in software development...

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Sounds like a lot of wishing...I think apple will further surpass android and window and will stay on top for a long time.

This being said to me sounds like you guys are biased towards android or windows. I am a software developer/programer/engineer. Worked most of my life on windows and ever since I started working on both apple OS is way better imo.

Don't get me wrong they each have their pros and cons...to each his own. I think the majority will agree with BMW (since they only use the best) that they made the right choice.
Lol... you do realize that Android has almost double the market share compared to Apples iOS... you must still be living in 2008...
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Who is "the majority?"

Also, just because BMW uses a platform hardly means it's 'the best'.

A responsible company would develop and integrate across multiple platforms. Especially for something like an automobile which is used by literally hundreds of thousands of various consumers; all with varying preferences in their mobile device choices.

...You should know this, being in software development...
I am so happy you can use google.

Read this:

http://www.appleinsider.com/articles...port_says.html

Stated in this article:

"Both of the top two operating systems managed modest gains but Apple more than doubled Android's growth with the Google OS seeing a 0.8 point during the three months while iOS added 1.7 percent over the same period."

Also as stated before it cost alot of money and not very feasible. I never stated anywhere that apple has a higher percentage user than android. It will surpass android devices, I personally think. They both have pros and cons.

When I talk about majority I am trying to refer to an article. I wish I could find that article, it was done stating that majority of BMW owners own iphone devices. Which is probably why they went that route.
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Because of a few apps you'll hardly use? Get real it's a car not an iPad.
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Here another link I found. Not the article but a thrad/poll from BMW owners.

http://www.bmwenthusiasts.co.uk/foru....php?f=3&t=334

Stated in the thread:

" just recently left iPhone and went for the Samsung Galaxy S2. Feeling all smug thinking it was 'superior in every way' n all that but it's utter shite, not sure if it's the phone or the operating system but needless to say I'll be getting rid soon and going back to iPhone. Can't beat iPhone, no matter what all the phone snobbery says"

BMW owners:

Iphone: 69%
Other smart phones (probably windows and android): 31%
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Quite simply because the iPhone is the best selling phone in the market
Sure android as an os is more popular that iOS
But that market share is split up among what like 200 phones?
So which ones do they make it compatible with?
On the iOS front you have the 3GS shape, and the 4/4s shape
That's it
And that other advantage is the software upgrades, something alien to most android owners

Elementary my dear Watson
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