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Comparison Chart Listing 7 Fxx Wireless/Wired/iD 4 AA/CP Retrofit Kits

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Auto/Apple Carplay Retrofit Kits


Round 2 of the group buy has ended

Option 1: BimmerTech MMI Plus CarPlay Mirroring Interface
https://www.bimmer-tech.net/shop/bmw...ts/carplay-mmi

Price: $575 USD (price quoted for one unit)

Pros:
  • Supports Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay
  • Good customer support
  • Integrates with the built-in microphone for iDrive 4. External mic is needed in CarPlay mode
  • Full-support for steering wheel buttons
  • Supports wireless CarPlay
  • Full-screen mode
  • Android Auto & Park Assist Addons
Cons:
  • No touch screen support

Option 2: Unichip CarPlay Smartbox
http://www.unichip-tec.com/h-pd-16.html#_pp=109_880

Price: $439 USD (price quoted for one unit)

Pros:
  • Supports full-screen mode
  • Supports steering wheel controls
  • Front camera/sensors confirmed working
Cons:
  • Poor customer support
  • Requires a standalone microphone
  • Doesn't support wireless CarPlay (but a wireless option is 'coming soon')
  • No touch screen support

Option 3: Unique Audio Developments CarPlay Mirroring Interface
https://unique-ad.co.uk/product/carp...ies-2013-2016/
Genuine Unique Auto Developments wireless kit

Price: £465.99 GBP (about $572 USD)(price quoted for one unit)

Pros:
  • Supports Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay
  • Supports steering wheel controls
  • Supports AirPlay and screen mirroring
  • Integrates with the built-in microphone in iDrive 4. External mic is needed in CarPlay mode
  • Unique AD, BimmerTech & Joyeauto front camera/sensors do in fact work
  • Supports full-screen mode
Cons:
  • Mixed reviews about customer support by email. Chat is best during business hours only and seems good
  • No touch screen support

Option 4: Joyeauto CarPlay Mirroring Interface
https://www.joyeauto.com/bmw-nbt-1-2...play-solution/
Rebranded Unique Auto Developments wireless kit

Price: $419 USD (price quoted for one unit)

Pros:
  • Supports Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay
  • Supports steering wheel controls
  • Supports AirPlay and screen mirroring
  • Integrates with the built-in microphone in iDrive 4. External mic is needed in CarPlay mode
  • Unique AD, BimmerRetrofit & Joyeauto front camera/sensors do in fact work
  • Supports full-screen mode
  • UI accessed through BMW icon on CarPlay homescreen
Cons:
  • No touch screen support

Option 5: Kremersino/FCtech
https://www.aliexpress.com/item/3300...480e9daeaQbX5P
Seems similar in functionality as Unique AD/Bimmerretrofit/Joyeauto wireless kits

Price: $238 USD (price quoted for one unit)

Pros:
  • Supports Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay
  • Supports steering wheel controls
  • Front camera/sensors do work
  • Supports full-screen mode
  • Cheapest option of all
Cons:
  • No touch screen support
  • External mic is needed in CarPlay mode
  • Sourced only through aliexpress. No website to give confidence on the company
  • Does not have a vented box like Joyeauto (potentially heat may cause issues)
  • Does not have an external wifi antenna

Option 6: Bimmer-Tech NBT EVO ID5/ID6 Navigation Retrofit
https://www.bimmer-tech.net/shop/bmw...ation-retrofit

Price: $2499 USD

Pros:
  • Supports steering wheel controls
  • Front camera/sensors do work
  • Supports full-screen mode
  • Works just like OEM stock
  • Factory mic is used
  • Touch screen support
  • Uses factory Wi-Fi antenna
Cons:
  • Most expensive option

Option 7: BimmerRetrofit Wireless Apple CarPlay Retrofit for NBT iDrive
https://www.bimmerretrofit.com/store...product_id=125
Rebranded Unique Auto Developments wireless kit


Price: $599 USD (price quoted for one unit)

Pros:
  • Supports Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay
  • Good customer support
  • Supports steering wheel controls
  • Front camera/sensors do work
  • Supports full-screen mode
  • Integrates with the built-in microphone in iDrive 4. External mic is needed in CarPlay mode
  • Uses Wi-Fi antenna
Cons:
  • More expensive than Joyeauto
  • No touch screen support

Last edited by DeeO; 09-05-2019 at 11:30 PM.. Reason: Round 2 of the Group Buy has ended
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