BMW i4s Shipping With Apple CarPlay, Android Auto After All

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Earlier reports that the BMW i4 would ship without Apple CarPlay or Android Auto, with the smartphone-mirroring systems set to be installed via over-the-air updates at a later time, appear to be incorrect.

A user of one of our parent company’s forums reached out to BMW directly after a dealer friend of his said that the reporting was incorrect.

“Yes that information is incorrect for the US. All cars for the US will have software for Apple CarPlay or Android Auto.” – Alex Schmuck, BMW Public Relations, told the user.

So there you have it — the i4 will be capable of mirroring your smartphone from jump.

It all started with a report from Automotive News Europe saying that BMW was switching to a new chip supplier and the hardware was ready but the software was not. And so owners would have to wait a bit for an OTA update.

Apparently, that won’t be the case in the U.S.

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • ToolGuy ToolGuy on May 19, 2022

    Two words: Rhinoplasty.

  • Jeff S Jeff S on May 19, 2022

    The grill reminds me of a 58 Edsel.

  • Conundrum Conundrum on May 20, 2022

    Whew! Western civilization would have ground to a halt without AppleCarPlay and HandroidHauto in the I4. Good to see BMW on top of things producing state-of-the-art, handsome virile EVs that cannot be mistaken for a recycling green bin lid, no matter how you squint. Can it?

  • Rapid Auto Shipping Rapid Auto Shipping on Jul 17, 2023

    I recently had the pleasure of shipping my BMW i4s with Rapid Auto Shipping, and I must say, it was an exceptional experience from start to finish. One of the standout features that caught my attention was the inclusion of both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto in the car's infotainment system, despite initial doubts.