Some friends often ask questions about the carplay, such as :
- What is the difference between the " built-in carplay " and " external carplay dongle"?
- Can use Android Auto function in the carplay dongle?
- How to use wireless carplay adapter?
- Can the Carplay dongle support Spotify? and Waze ?
There are a lot questions like this everyday, so, today i would like to write this acticle to make a clearance for these questions
To answer the questions above, here it need to make clearance what is the
built-in carplay, wired carplay, and wireless carplay.
So far, only for the BMW Navigation Head units on our website (Model no: BXXX ) can produce with "built-in "Carplay. This is an optional functions, extra cost is USD22.00 . it need to pay the license so that to active this function.
The model with built-in carplay, will have an APP ( Zlink ) installed in the menu,
also, there is 1 pcs extra USB cable (for carplay specially) in accessories box.
External wired Apple Carplay dongle
For the external Apple carplay dongle, this is a universal model, it need to connect the USB when using it, medium-level price, good quality,compare to wireless, the wired connection is better in signal transmission,because it is wire connection.
The price is USD38.00/pcs, but if you order together with our BMW Navigation head unit, it can be USD32.00/pcs, and can save the shipping cost.
Wireless Carplay dongle
The wireless apple carplay dongle is new model in the year 2019, for iphone, you can connect it via bluetooth(wireless), it also support wired connection. But for android phone, when you use Android Auto, it need to connect by USB.
Price: USD53.00/pcs, this is wholesale price, shipping cost is extra.Different country, the shipping cost is different, such as USA, or Europe, the shipping cost is about USD20.00, of course, you can use the coupon or discount code to lower the price. And the best way is to order it together with car navigation head unit, that way, will no extra shippping cost.
Now back to view the questions mentioned above.
What is the difference between the " built-in carplay " and " external carplay dongle"?
Answer: Different connection modes, price is different, accessories is different. But both of them can be operate via touch screen or iDrive
(if your BMW car installed the aftermarket android navi system)
Can use Android Auto function in the carplay dongle?
Answer: Yes, all of them support apple carplay and Android auto.
For Android Phones, it suport most android market phones, but it's not 100% supportting all Android phone and Android autoradio, compare to android phones, the IOS iphone might be better in compatibility.
Here is one example, the android auto can not show full screen on the Aftermaket BMW navigation system, see the photo as below
How to use wireless carplay adapter?
Answer: For iphone, you can connect by USB or can be connect by bluetooth (wireless), after it connected to bluetooth, you still can use phone calls or pick calls freely.
For the connections and operations for wireless apple carplay dongle, please take a look the video showed on this page.
Can the Carplay dongle support Spotify? and Waze ?
Answer: Yes, now the carplay support third-party navigation apps,such as google maps, waze, etc, it also ok to use spotify app, as well as whatsapp.
Video Demo - Wired / Wireless / Built-in Apple Carplay connection & operations
If you still not clear how to use the wired/wireless/built-in Carplay. please take a look the video as below