BMW will stop charging monthly subscription for CarPlay

Daniel Fowler
December 7, 2019

If your auto doesn't have the latest version of ConnectedDrive, you'll still have to pay to use CarPlay, but BMW will charge a one-time fee of £235 for that.

As for BMW drivers that are now paying for the CarPlay subscription, it isn't clear if they'll no longer be required to pay for the service, or if customers that have already paid for a long term CarPlay subscription will be reimbursed. Luckily, it's now a one-time upgrade fee of £235 (in the UK) instead of an annual subscription. Surprisingly, its actually uncommon among other automakers to continually charge people for CarPlay after any initial option charge. BMW Malaysia has confirmed with Paultan that the pricing will be removed very soon and no payment will be needed for Apple CarPlay in all BMW cars that are equipped with it. The automaker took longer than many of is rivals to support CarPlay. After 12 months, owners were asked if they wanted to let the subscription lapse or pay £85 for another year's access. After that, they would pay $80 a year in the USA or £85 in the UK.

CarPlay doesn't cost automakers any extra money, according to Apple, but it does cost money to implement the system into vehicles, one likely eaten by manufacturers who offer the service without charger - unless you're BMW.

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In 2019 and newer cars with BMW's latest information and entertainment system, CarPlay's first year was free, followed by a recurring annual charge of $ 80 to continue the service.

Owners of older cars can pay a discounted fee of $300 for a lifetime subscription to CarPlay.

Unfortunately, users who have already paid for the annual subscription won't be getting a refund.

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