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The sixth generation 3 series, chassis code F30. 2013 model year 328i and 335i sedans now in production. Read the F30 frequently asked question thread for all your basic question and dive into all the details in the ultimate F30 information thread.

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Old 10-06-2012, 08:49 AM
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This is what I found... emails are fully displayed with iOS6 right after the update but they will be listed under Texts, though. Then at subsequent pairings the emails will ceased to be displayed unless the trick of changing the iPhone notification number of email showings is changed right after each pairing.

In other words, update 1005 does not fix the email display problem with iOS6 -which makes sense as this update is for iOS5.
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Old 10-06-2012, 09:45 AM
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We have Iphones 4s at work coming out of our ears so I gave up my trusted BB and had one of my techs set one up for me. It's going to take a few days to get used to it but I figured since the F30 is kind of geared towards the Iphones might as well switch.

Now I guess I have to go and read this thread. My Iphone does have IOS6.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:22 AM
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Thanks. I don't see a date for that update, do you have any idea if it came out after August 19 which is when I got my car?

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It is new to the site since August 19 for sure. I installed the 1004.bin update a couple weeks ago and at the time it was the most recent version. So yes 1005.bin is new.
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Old 10-06-2012, 10:24 AM
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And, to clarify, when I was using my iPhone 4 and iOS6, the tone was coming from the phone itself. I've never heard any tone as a notification over the iDrive system or the cars speakers.

So, to summarize, the iPhone 5 has given me a new feature of the notification on the iDrive screen but that wipes out the more important feature, which is getting an audible alert that I have a text message to begin with.

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I went from iPhone 4S on iOS6 to iPhone 5 on iOS 6 and see the exact behavior you are describing.
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Old 10-06-2012, 11:11 AM
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My iPhone 5 w/iOS 6 has worked fine on the USB port since I got it two weeks ago. The only issue I've had is that periodically it has acted a little weird when first plugged in, such as not playing music or displaying album/artists info. If I wait a while or unplug it and plug it back in it works fine.

Hopefully BMW puts it into higher gear than they historically have and provide new phone software a little faster this time. Before next spring would be nice.
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Old 10-07-2012, 03:09 PM
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I tested out my friend's iTouch 2G (iOS 3) on my car to see how the my BMW handles the music and I really like it. The BMW apps require iOS 5+, so I have to get an iTouch 3G+. I used to own a 32GB 4G, but sold it when I got my Motorola Bionic. I bought a iTouch 4G 16GB today and it already comes with iOS 6 preloaded. So far, I dont like it. When Im playing music in my car and skip to the next song, there is a lag and I miss the first few seconds of the song. Since this is a brand new iTouch, would something running in the background cause the lag? I hope apple releases an update to solve a bunch bugs, including the app store constantly crashing. I also hope the new iTouch is released in the next 30 days so I can exchange if necessary.
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Old 10-07-2012, 04:49 PM
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I tested out my friend's iTouch 2G (iOS 3) on my car to see how the my BMW handles the music and I really like it. The BMW apps require iOS 5+, so I have to get an iTouch 3G+. I used to own a 32GB 4G, but sold it when I got my Motorola Bionic. I bought a iTouch 4G 16GB today and it already comes with iOS 6 preloaded. So far, I dont like it. When Im playing music in my car and skip to the next song, there is a lag and I miss the first few seconds of the song. Since this is a brand new iTouch, would something running in the background cause the lag? I hope apple releases an update to solve a bunch bugs, including the app store constantly crashing. I also hope the new iTouch is released in the next 30 days so I can exchange if necessary.
First off, an iPod touch will be useless for you in a moving vehicle as its wi-fi only. Those of us that use an iPod touch do so strictly for music, the apps such as Facebook and Twitter do not function. An Apple iPhone is what is necessary to take advantage of BMW apps. My setup is an iPhone 5 via Bluetooth only for phone only, and an older iPod touch via USB running iOS 5 strictly for music.

Next, please confirm that you are connecting this iPod touch via the USB port and the white Apple cable. You should be experiencing no delay at all between tracks except the customary one second skip duration. If you are using the white Apple cable and the USB port, try a hard reset of your iPod touch. Press and hold the button on the top edge as well as the home button through the black screen until the white Apple logo comes up again. Don't let go of both buttons until the screen goes black, and the Apple logo comes up again.

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Old 10-07-2012, 06:02 PM
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When Im in my car, I turn my Android phone into a hotspot and the iTouch will connect to it. Im going to try and find a way to downgrade to iOS 5.
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Old 10-09-2012, 06:15 AM
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Interestingly enough, Txt messaging on AT&T iPhone now works for me after using the described set up. It works when phone is in or out of cradle, locked or unlocked.

Also interesting is that my email mailboxes show up but email remains broken.

The phone is running iOS 6 on a 4S and the BMW software has also been upgraded to the latest version for my '12 F02.

I also unpaired my phone in the BMW and on iPhone and then re paired everything to have a fresh instal.

Hopefully Apple will fix the remaining issues with email.
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This is what I get when I plug in my iPhone 5 with the USB/Lightning cable

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This is what I get when I plug in my iPhone 5 with the USB/Lightning cable

Did you upgrade to the latest BMW software?
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Did you upgrade to the latest BMW software?
I just took delivery today. Wouldn't it already have the latest software? Either way, how can I check and update? Any chance I could mess it up and the car won't drive?
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Old 10-11-2012, 02:44 AM
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This is what I get when I plug in my iPhone 5 with the USB/Lightning cable

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I just took delivery today. Wouldn't it already have the latest software? Either way, how can I check and update? Any chance I could mess it up and the car won't drive?
First, check the version of software you're running. The software updates from BMW apply only to your media/cell phone devices and do not affect operation of the vehicle.

Go to the main menu on your iDrive, and scroll down to settings, then software, and check which version you currently have.

Then go to the following web address and enter the last seven digits of the VIN number to determine what the latest version of software is for your particular vehicle; www.bmw.com/update

If the version online is newer, you should download the .BIN file to your computer and transfer to a USB stick. Plug-in on the USB port in your center console, and using the same screen you were on to check software version you also have the option to update the file.

It's really that simple. Then make your sure your phone is configured as I described in the previous post. It seems that the whole process has to sit for an indeterminate amount of time before things actually work so take a break and come back to the vehicle after it has been completely powered down.

Good luck, and let us know how it goes.
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Old 10-11-2012, 04:01 AM
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This is what I get when I plug in my iPhone 5 with the USB/Lightning cable

Is this car equipped with Assist? Have you tried any other USB music player in that center console port?

No software update will help you if the proper hardware is not there.
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Is this car equipped with Assist? Have you tried any other USB music player in that center console port?

No software update will help you if the proper hardware is not there.
Not equipped with Assist. But that's not needed for USB connectivity - not for older iphones at least.

Plays music fine off of a USB Flash Drive.
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So, I wrote to BMW about the iPhone 5 issue for folks without the Tech package and they sent the following reply which suggests that either a cable or sw update will be available in the future.

CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com wrote:

To Whom It May Concern:

Thank you for contacting BMW of North America, LLC regarding iPhone 5 compatibility with our vehicles.

We are continuing to work closely with Apple on the validation of the iPhone 5 for BMW vehicles and will be able to announce relevant developments in the future. Unfortunately, Apple did not distribute the iPhone 5 earlier to automobile manufacturers than to the general public, so we will address any issues of concern after our evaluation of the device. We anticipate app compatibility will continue as will the ability to access one's song library using the BMW controls and screen. The specific feature, Plug-in, which works through BMW Apps to replicate the look of the iPhone interface, will not be available at launch. The full scope of compatibility between the iPhone 5 and BMW Group vehicles will be known once the validation process is completed, and we appreciate your patience as we work through the process.
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In the short term you should be able to pick up a beater iPod Touch, throw your tunes on that and have it working.
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328i - I also just picked up a new X3 on October 5th. It was NOT delivered with the update. That was the first order of business. I would encourage you to go to BMW.com/update and put the 1005 update on a USB and download through the USB port in your arm rest.

Also for others here, another alternative to changing the number of notifications displayed to enable emails each time is to just toggle notifications for the email account on and off each time after you pair the phone to the car. It's just a little quicker and easier yet still an annoyance. Would love to know when a new iOS 6 update will come out to revise the MAP capability so we can receive emails and texts both separately and automatically.
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Not equipped with Assist. But that's not needed for USB connectivity - not for older iphones at least.

Plays music fine off of a USB Flash Drive.
Having Assist or not determines which USB cable you should use for iPod/iPhone functionality in particular. That's the reason of your USB stick working but not the iPhone.

You need the OEM BMW iPod "Y" cable with the 30-pin to Lightning adapter.

Again, this is not a firmware update issue. It is a hardware (or lack thereof) issue.

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Having Assist or not determines which USB cable you should use for iPod/iPhone functionality in particular. That's the reason of your USB stick working but not the iPhone.

You need the OEM BMW iPod "Y" cable with the 30-pin to Lightning adapter.

Again, this is not a firmware update issue. It is a hardware (or lack thereof) issue.
I'll see if the Lightning adapters are available now so I can use the Y cable. Still might not work though.
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328i - I also just picked up a new X3 on October 5th. It was NOT delivered with the update. That was the first order of business. I would encourage you to go to BMW.com/update and put the 1005 update on a USB and download through the USB port in your arm rest.

Also for others here, another alternative to changing the number of notifications displayed to enable emails each time is to just toggle notifications for the email account on and off each time after you pair the phone to the car. It's just a little quicker and easier yet still an annoyance. Would love to know when a new iOS 6 update will come out to revise the MAP capability so we can receive emails and texts both separately and automatically.
Just tried the update. Says I have the latest version. Here are the screenshot:


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I think you should get the 30 pin to lightning adapter, Technic is probably the most knowledgeable person here about this stuff.
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I'll see if the Lightning adapters are available now so I can use the Y cable. Still might not work though.
It does when used with the OEM BMW iPod cable (USB/AUX)... it has been already confirmed in another forum, and technically it is what is missing in your particular case.

There are 2 OEM USB implememtations in late BMW: enhanced (Combox external module) and basic (Non-Nav iDrive unit built-in circuitry). Your basic version does not support the Apple white cable, only the OEM USB/AUX black cable.
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Hey Technic, or anyone that would know...

What would be the advantage of using the iPhone 5 + Lightning adapter + Media cradle with an F30 (tech pack), as opposed to the standard Lightning-to-USB in the armrest port?

I have the .2m Apple adapter, and the Media cradle needs a slight modification to accept the adapter 30-pin end. But it can be done. I haven't done it yet because I'm "in between cars", so I'm just curious if there is any reason to hang onto the Media cradle.
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Hey Technic, or anyone that would know...

What would be the advantage of using the iPhone 5 + Lightning adapter + Media cradle with an F30 (tech pack), as opposed to the standard Lightning-to-USB in the armrest port?

I have the .2m Apple adapter, and the Media cradle needs a slight modification to accept the adapter 30-pin end. But it can be done. I haven't done it yet because I'm "in between cars", so I'm just curious if there is any reason to hang onto the Media cradle.
Hi Sam... the Media cradle distinctive features over the USB port are to access iPod Out, fan cooling and inductive antenna connection. Nether the iPhone 5 or its Lightning adapter provide the analog iPod Out required by the cradle/baseplate. Having the adapter with an extension cable plugged into the cradle defeats the purpose of having the inductive OEM antenna connection and the fan for cooling features as the iPhone will not be physically snapped in. It will be externally connected to the cradle by .2m.

So it is useless to use the adapter with the Media cradle.
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