Latest in Gear

Image credit: Bence Bezeredy via Getty Images

BMW adds an $80 yearly subscription for Apple's CarPlay

Even though many other carmakers include it for free.
2328 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Sponsored Links

Bence Bezeredy via Getty Images

BMW has confirmed it will charge a subscription fee for Apple CarPlay. Drivers of 2019 models and onward will get a year's access for free, and then have to pay to continue to use the service, which allows owners to sync their iPhone with the car's infotainment system. It'll cost $80/£85 per year, or as was the previous outright cost, you can buy a lifetime subscription (20 years) for $300/£295. So if you're only planning on using the car for a couple of years, a yearly payment works out cheaper.

The carmaker did give fair warning of its plans for such a subscription service, having first announced its intentions some 18 months ago. But that hasn't made the move any more palatable for would-be BMW owners, as CarPlay is included as standard in the price of many other, lower-priced cars (the Kia Ceed, for example, which also gets Android Auto -- currently unavailable in BMWs).

BMW says that this pricing model allows it to keep the initial cost price of the vehicle down, but if you can afford a brand new BMW, chances are an extra $300 isn't going to break the bank. If it had built this cost (which is low compared to the cost of the vehicle itself) into the overall price no-one would have raised an eyebrow.

All products recommended by Engadget are selected by our editorial team, independent of our parent company. Some of our stories include affiliate links. If you buy something through one of these links, we may earn an affiliate commission.
Comment
Comments
Share
2328 Shares
Share
Tweet
Share

Popular on Engadget

Flat Earth advocate dies after homemade rocket crashes

Flat Earth advocate dies after homemade rocket crashes

View
The best GPS trackers for cats and dogs

The best GPS trackers for cats and dogs

View
After Math: The rule of threes

After Math: The rule of threes

View
This finance app can help you save up to $800 a year

This finance app can help you save up to $800 a year

View
KidKraft's Alexa-powered toy kitchen sizzles and tells dad jokes

KidKraft's Alexa-powered toy kitchen sizzles and tells dad jokes

View

From around the web

Page 1Page 1ear iconeye iconFill 23text filevr