Both the BMW- and Mini-branded systems offer the same basic functionality, notably internet streaming radio, audible RSS, Facebook and Twitter feeds, and the ability to either search for for a destination on your phone, then send it to the nav or use the system's deep Google integration to perform a Local Search.
On the Mini-specific side, Connected also comes equipped with the Dynamic music function that alters the tunes based on everything from throttle input to turn signal application, while the "Minimalism Analyser" awards you points when you drive in an environmentally friendly manner and can upload the data so you can compete with other Mini owners.
Both systems also come with the much-vaunted iPod-out functionality, which displays an Apple-designed navigation screen on the central display, allowing users to scan through their music, playlists and podcasts through a familiar interface.
The app is available to download for either the iPhone or iPod Touch and can supposedly be used with the most recent iPod Nano. Unfortunately, it's only going to play nice with 6NR package-equipped BMWs with Navigation and USB (built from March onward) and select Mini models. And before you ask, we hear that both Android and Blackberry versions are under consideration.
Head over to Tunes to download the BMW or Mini apps and check out the system in action in the video below.