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Good news, Apple fans. BMW has turned up the level of smart phone integration in its vehicles in a big way. The company will be showing off its new ConnectedDrive system at the 2010 Paris Motor Show. The swank tech not only boasts Bluetooth wizardry and a text-to-speech function that will allow drivers to access text messages, memos, emails and the like from their Blackberry, it will also work with Apple iOS4. That means that the system clicks with the latest iPhone.

But wait, there's more.

The German manufacturer is also introducing something it calls iPod Out that's designed to make the most of using Apple music players in the vehicle. There's even a handy docking system for the iPad in the back seats. What's more, BMW will offer a mobile hotspot system with ConnectedDrive so that passengers can surf the web without burning up their data plans. Welcome to the brave new world. Thanks for the tip, Chris!


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      • 4 Years Ago
      And I thought I couldn't hate BMW any further.
      (I'm sorry, but I'm personally biased against Apple products)
      • 4 Years Ago
      Two overpriced and overrated products... made for each other.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Long after this form factor for the iPad is dead and buried (if not the iPad itself), BMWs will be rolling around the planet with these useless and mysterious appendages.

        • 4 Years Ago
        you do know I wouldn't mind owning a few classic cars even though they have an obsolete 8 track player in the dash
      • 4 Years Ago
      That's cool until the iPad becomes obsolete :P
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yeah, just like iPods, iPhones and my AAPL stock...

        ;-)
      • 4 Years Ago
      When can I buy one???
      • 4 Years Ago
      i already feel sorry for the person who forgets and leaves it docked in the car
      • 4 Years Ago
      Remember years ago when people got into a car to enjoy the drive and the scenery versus having to be preoccupied by videos and whatnot......
        • 4 Years Ago
        I don't know about you but when I was a child I never got in the backseat to enjoy the ride. I was the kid who always asked are we there yet. Later in life when I was old enough to drive is a different story.

        Actually I'm waiting for the next generation iPad to come out and was planning on finding some cheap setup to hang it off of the back headrest to keep my son entertained on long drives. I don't see anything wrong with that. If he's happy back there watching video's then I'm happing making time getting to our destination...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Do you drive from the back seat?
      • 4 Years Ago
      I am trying to figure out what this ipad dock in the back seat does. Didn't really say. Does it connect to the vehicle's audio system?

      What about a more useful device like an android powered device or a PC?
        • 4 Years Ago
        I imagine it's back there to play babysitter. Load up some videos on it and keep the kids quiet. No word if it connects to the car's audio system, though. It does seem out of place in a BMW, though, since they typically aren't known as family haulers. This seem more fitting for a minivan or Camry.
        • 4 Years Ago
        I'm no rocket scientist, but I'm willing to bet the iPad dock is for iPads. Call me crazy.

        I don't see how your other suggestions are "more useful." Is there even an Android tablet for sale? There aren't enough good apps for Android, the OS isn't very enjoyable to use, it doesn't support all the cool apps I already have and it doesn't support the Apple hardware I prefer to use. And a PC? I don't think one would fit on that mount very well.

        Apparently the people at BMW thought the iPad was relevant enough to offer accessories for them.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, these replies sound like a bunch of bitter people that can't afford Apple or BMW products...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agreed. If you enjoy driving, it's a BMW. If you enjoy a computer that works, it's a Mac.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Ipad dock in rear - cool
      ipod/iphone dock in front because you couldn't afford naviagtion - very sad
      • 4 Years Ago
      I can only see this working as a solution in an M7 to reduce the weight of the electronics while keeping entertainment comforts. Other than that... I see this as more of a Subaru solution than true luxury solution. What luxury owner wants their iPhone docked in the center console? You want tucked away and integrated in the car's console. The only thing that makes sense here is the iPod Out feature.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Also it should be noted that iPod Out is not a BMW thing, it is a tech supplied by Apple which any company can use.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Rarely. Cheap PC usually have cheap video cards, cheap CPUs...plus WindoZe doesn't have the nicely integrated suite of software that is delivered for free on every MAC.
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