The German auto maker chose to charge $300 to include the feature, which then turned into a $80-a-year subscription. We should note, however, that the first year of CarPlay usage was free under this new payment system, so it wasn't entirely without merit.
While most automakers are choosing to offer the Apple CarPlay service for free, BMW surprised us all by announcing that they will be charging their buyers a subscription service fee to keep it running.More news: Citizenship Bill will revive two-nation theory, warns Asaduddin Owaisi
While automakers have been trying to keep phone companies away from their vehicles for years, believing they could offer a better system themselves, more and more companies are now caving to consumers who prefer their phone interface.
Anyone who owns a 2019 or 2020 BMW, or anyone who now pays for CarPlay on a recurring basis, will no longer need to fork out any cash to use the infotainment system. Apple does not charge automakers a subscription fee to adopt CarPlay, however. A BMW spokesperson noted that the change will apply to both US-based and UK-based customers.More news: Buffalo-based bishop accused of sex abuse cover-up steps down
At least since 2016, BMW has charged its customers $300 up front for Apple CarPlay connectivity with its infotainment systems, and now the website says that charge is for 240 months, or 20 years, of the service.
According to BMW, the decision to withdraw subscription fees will take place "immediately".More news: Pink Revived Her Edgy 2000s Style with Her Latest Haircut
Launched in 2018 with the brand's latest "7.0" operating system, customers received a year's free subscription to the service, which lets users synchronise their iPhone with the car's infotainment system. The i3 and i8, for instance, will still need to purchase a lifetime subscription.