XBimmers.com | BMW X6 Forum X5 Forum
 
TireRack





Go Back   XBimmers.com | BMW X6 Forum X5 Forum > BMW X5 Forums > General BMW X5 (E70) and X5M Forum (2006-2013)

Post Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
      01-14-2019, 11:26 PM   #1
maddog99
Enlisted Member
17
Rep
43
Posts

Drives: BMW X5 V8 2013
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: United States

iTrader: (0)

Great Carplay Retrofit for E70

Team,

Im one of the forum divers who spends A LOT of time researching options & I thank all of you for the help & posts that get me there.

I have to share that I finally jumped in on the Unichip Apple Carplay box & I could not be more happy. It is a fantastic affordable fully OEM type solution. This is after I got the AVIN unit & returned it (very bad audio) and considered the full CIC upgrade. Glad I didnt do that.

Its a full screen (not boxed off) implementation & is slick as a pig in mud.

Comments on install:
1. Turn down the volume on your aux output thats controlled in idrive. Drop it 2 clicks below mid point. This ensures the audio that comes out is not overdriven (you want the signal low-ish so the amp is boosting quality audio & this does that). Audio I get is as good or better than the BT audio I was enjoying previously.

2. MAKE SURE you have a quality MFI certified cable to connect your phone. If you do all is well, if you dont it will drop & fail (true w/ all carplay head units)

3. The included microphone is great. Ran it to behind my rearview mirror, cant see it at all. WORKS GREAT. but found out in rain today it picks up the wipers too much lol. Need to move a tad...

4. I chose to drop the BT connection of my phone to my BMW now that I have this. If you dont do that, you have to turn off BT when in carplay mode. You cannot have BT & the AUX in going at the same time and not crash on phone calls. But there is no reason for a BT connection if you have carplay & the cable. All calls, music, etc all happen over the cable. No loss in functionality.

5. I love Carplay with the jog dial! Thought Id want touch screen but I dont. I love this as is & like using the idrive to navigate about safely. Super great.

Im often using it with the maps open, doing navigation, while also listening to podcast in background & then dictating texts occassionally as they come in. ALL within Carplay. Love it!!!!

I love having simple SIRI voice control for phone calls, texts, navigation & music. SO SO Great.
Appreciate 1
      01-15-2019, 12:30 AM   #2
0-60Motorsports
Colonel
0-60Motorsports's Avatar
Bahrain
545
Rep
2,855
Posts

Drives: BMW M3 JB 04 Coupe
Join Date: Aug 2007
Location: Kingdom of Bahrain

iTrader: (1)

Thank you for posting this. Any pictures or videos you could post please? Sounds like a good setup.
__________________
Current Mods:
2004 E46 M3cs JB/CSL
2010 E70 X5M AW/BLACK
2011 VW Golf R DSG White/Black
IG: @060Motorsports
Appreciate 0
      01-15-2019, 12:54 AM   #3
Kraftwerk AG
Major
Kraftwerk AG's Avatar
No_Country
440
Rep
1,026
Posts

Drives: Mein F Fünfundachtzig Einhorn
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: RIP Florian Schneider-Esleben

iTrader: (8)

The F15/F16 peeps seem to like this Unichip box. The only drawback for me is it's not touch screen capable, like the newer NBT EVO head units found in the newer LCI models. But I would still buy one though. Nice upgrade for you E70 guys with the CIC units.
__________________
Quote:
“Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary, that's what gets you.”
― Jeremy Clarkson

Last edited by Kraftwerk AG; 01-20-2019 at 05:22 PM..
Appreciate 1
      01-15-2019, 08:51 PM   #4
maddog99
Enlisted Member
17
Rep
43
Posts

Drives: BMW X5 V8 2013
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: United States

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by DeeO View Post
The F15/F16 peeps seem to like this Unichip box. The only drawback for me is it's not touch screen capable, like the newer NBT EVO head units found in the newer LCI models. But I would still buy one though. Nice upgrade for you E70 guys with the CIC units.
I THOUGHT that was going to be the case with me too. BUT Ive found I really prefer the jog dial we have in our cars vs. the pioneer head unit my wife has & having to reach forward & touch it all the time. I find the idrive to be an advantage IMO.
Appreciate 0
      01-15-2019, 08:52 PM   #5
maddog99
Enlisted Member
17
Rep
43
Posts

Drives: BMW X5 V8 2013
Join Date: Mar 2013
Location: United States

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by 0-60Motorsports View Post
Thank you for posting this. Any pictures or videos you could post please? Sounds like a good setup.
Ill have to add a couple.
But its really boring lol. Its a metal box that drops in with 3 connections that are essentially pass throughs. But Im on it, I always need pictures too.
Appreciate 0
      01-15-2019, 09:50 PM   #6
Kraftwerk AG
Major
Kraftwerk AG's Avatar
No_Country
440
Rep
1,026
Posts

Drives: Mein F Fünfundachtzig Einhorn
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: RIP Florian Schneider-Esleben

iTrader: (8)

This is the installation video link they sent to me.
__________________
Quote:
“Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary, that's what gets you.”
― Jeremy Clarkson
Appreciate 0
      01-15-2019, 10:19 PM   #7
mitch808
Captain
90
Rep
931
Posts

Drives: 2012 X5 35i
Join Date: Mar 2014
Location: Seattle

iTrader: (0)

Can you post a direct link to what you purchased?
Appreciate 0
      01-16-2019, 09:01 PM   #8
Kraftwerk AG
Major
Kraftwerk AG's Avatar
No_Country
440
Rep
1,026
Posts

Drives: Mein F Fünfundachtzig Einhorn
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: RIP Florian Schneider-Esleben

iTrader: (8)

UniChip will allow a group buy for a minimum for 5 units for $299 each, or $285 for 10 units if anybody's interested.
__________________
Quote:
“Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary, that's what gets you.”
― Jeremy Clarkson
Appreciate 0
      01-17-2019, 07:54 PM   #9
pummkin
Registered
0
Rep
1
Posts

Drives: 2007 BMW E60 530xi
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: USA

iTrader: (0)

That's pretty interesting. I can go for it for $299 or less. The installation is fairly easy after doing an NBT retrofit on an E60
Appreciate 0
      01-18-2019, 08:15 AM   #10
SimSimmah
Private
SimSimmah's Avatar
United_States
37
Rep
56
Posts

Drives: 2013 X5 35d
Join Date: Aug 2016
Location: Washington, DC

iTrader: (1)

Thumbs up

Quote:
Originally Posted by maddog99 View Post
Team,

Im one of the forum divers who spends A LOT of time researching options & I thank all of you for the help & posts that get me there.

I have to share that I finally jumped in on the Unichip Apple Carplay box & I could not be more happy. It is a fantastic affordable fully OEM type solution. This is after I got the AVIN unit & returned it (very bad audio) and considered the full CIC upgrade. Glad I didnt do that.

Its a full screen (not boxed off) implementation & is slick as a pig in mud.

Comments on install:
1. Turn down the volume on your aux output thats controlled in idrive. Drop it 2 clicks below mid point. This ensures the audio that comes out is not overdriven (you want the signal low-ish so the amp is boosting quality audio & this does that). Audio I get is as good or better than the BT audio I was enjoying previously.

2. MAKE SURE you have a quality MFI certified cable to connect your phone. If you do all is well, if you dont it will drop & fail (true w/ all carplay head units)

3. The included microphone is great. Ran it to behind my rearview mirror, cant see it at all. WORKS GREAT. but found out in rain today it picks up the wipers too much lol. Need to move a tad...

4. I chose to drop the BT connection of my phone to my BMW now that I have this. If you dont do that, you have to turn off BT when in carplay mode. You cannot have BT & the AUX in going at the same time and not crash on phone calls. But there is no reason for a BT connection if you have carplay & the cable. All calls, music, etc all happen over the cable. No loss in functionality.

5. I love Carplay with the jog dial! Thought Id want touch screen but I dont. I love this as is & like using the idrive to navigate about safely. Super great.

Im often using it with the maps open, doing navigation, while also listening to podcast in background & then dictating texts occassionally as they come in. ALL within Carplay. Love it!!!!

I love having simple SIRI voice control for phone calls, texts, navigation & music. SO SO Great.
Would love to see more. Pics? Video? Are you able to combine features with the existing head unit? For example, use the bimmers XM to play music while CarPlay does the NAV and other features? Or is everything CarPlay once engaged?
Appreciate 0
      01-19-2019, 09:04 AM   #11
vic7780
New Member
United_States
0
Rep
6
Posts

Drives: 2011 BMW X6 - x50
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Syracuse, NY

iTrader: (0)

I'm in.

Have enough for the bulk buy yet?
Appreciate 0
      01-19-2019, 12:42 PM   #12
Kraftwerk AG
Major
Kraftwerk AG's Avatar
No_Country
440
Rep
1,026
Posts

Drives: Mein F Fünfundachtzig Einhorn
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: RIP Florian Schneider-Esleben

iTrader: (8)

Group buys are always tricky for various reasons. I count 2 interested so far. Who's gonna step up & organize this thing?
__________________
Quote:
“Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary, that's what gets you.”
― Jeremy Clarkson
Appreciate 0
      01-19-2019, 05:52 PM   #13
gsnake
Private First Class
19
Rep
119
Posts

Drives: X5 2012
Join Date: Nov 2016
Location: Vancouver, BC

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by DeeO View Post
Group buys are always tricky for various reasons. I count 2 interested so far. Who's gonna step up & organize this thing?
I am potentially interested too
Appreciate 1
      01-20-2019, 09:17 AM   #14
smass
Major
303
Rep
1,438
Posts

Drives: BMWs with 3L I6 engines
Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Phoenix, AZ

iTrader: (1)

Garage List
2009 E70 X35d  [0.00]
2016 F15 35i  [0.00]
2003 E53 3.0  [0.00]
2006 E90 325i  [0.00]
2006 E90 330i  [0.00]
2012 E88 128i  [0.00]
I an in for one for the group buy. I would be in for a 2nd if I could get more info.

I do worry 2019 i-phones will have USB C. Or 2020 i-phones have no connection at all .
Appreciate 0
      01-20-2019, 03:28 PM   #15
heymattw
New Member
0
Rep
15
Posts

Drives: 2011 BMW X5
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Chicago

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by smassey321 View Post
I an in for one for the group buy. I would be in for a 2nd if I could get more info.

I do worry 2019 i-phones will have USB C. Or 2020 i-phones have no connection at all .
New member here, just got my X5 last week. I am interested in the group buy as well.
Appreciate 0
      01-20-2019, 04:35 PM   #16
Kraftwerk AG
Major
Kraftwerk AG's Avatar
No_Country
440
Rep
1,026
Posts

Drives: Mein F Fünfundachtzig Einhorn
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: RIP Florian Schneider-Esleben

iTrader: (8)

So far, we have a minimum of 8 potential buyers. I'm not included on this list, because I purchased mine before the group buy started and will receive it tomorrow. I'll post up my feedback, pros & cons, etc. after the installation.

In any event, my preliminary list is as follows & updated 01/22/19:

1) pummkin
2) vic7780
3) smassey321
4) heymattw
5) gregolas
6) SimSimmah
7) BWMBuffalo
8) brianstrawberry
9) jersey john
I will contact Unichip to get final price with PayPal exchange fees + DHL express shipping. Keep in mind that I am not making any money off of this deal, just trying to help out fellow X members.
__________________
Quote:
“Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary, that's what gets you.”
― Jeremy Clarkson

Last edited by Kraftwerk AG; 01-25-2019 at 04:59 PM..
Appreciate 0
      01-20-2019, 04:45 PM   #17
heymattw
New Member
0
Rep
15
Posts

Drives: 2011 BMW X5
Join Date: Jan 2019
Location: Chicago

iTrader: (0)

Quote:
Originally Posted by DeeO View Post
So far, we have a minimum of 5 potential buyers. I'm not included on this list, because I purchased mine before the group buy started and will receive it tomorrow. I'll post up my feedback, pros & cons, etc. after the installation.

In any event, the preliminary list is as follows:

1) pummkin
2) vic7780
3) gsnake
4) smassey321
5) heymattw

I will contact Unichip to get final price with PayPal exchange fees + DHL express shipping. Keep in mind that I am not making any money off of this deal, just trying to help out fellow X members.
Excellent, thank you! Let me know when and how you need the money.
Appreciate 0
      01-20-2019, 07:13 PM   #18
Kraftwerk AG
Major
Kraftwerk AG's Avatar
No_Country
440
Rep
1,026
Posts

Drives: Mein F Fünfundachtzig Einhorn
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: RIP Florian Schneider-Esleben

iTrader: (8)

Update: I have a confirmed price of $299 each including PayPal exchange fee & free DHL express shipping from the company. So who's ready besides heymattw ?
__________________
Quote:
“Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary, that's what gets you.”
― Jeremy Clarkson
Appreciate 0
      01-21-2019, 05:11 AM   #19
BMWBuffalo
Private First Class
United_States
17
Rep
180
Posts

Drives: 2018 M3 Comp
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Kentucky

iTrader: (2)

@DeeO Just want to confirm a few things.

1. This group buy is for the "CarPlay Box for BMW CIC/NBT Head Unit X5 X6 E70"?

2. The normal price is $439.00 and we are getting for $299.00?
Appreciate 0
      01-21-2019, 11:07 AM   #20
Kraftwerk AG
Major
Kraftwerk AG's Avatar
No_Country
440
Rep
1,026
Posts

Drives: Mein F Fünfundachtzig Einhorn
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: RIP Florian Schneider-Esleben

iTrader: (8)

Quote:
Originally Posted by BMWBuffalo View Post
@DeeO Just want to confirm a few things.

1. This group buy is for the "CarPlay Box for BMW CIC/NBT Head Unit X5 X6 E70"?

2. The normal price is $439.00 and we are getting for $299.00?
1. Yes, that's correct.
2. Yes, that's correct.

Unichip is giving me until January 29th to complete this group buy for $299 each. Let me know if you want in and/or need it for a different platform.
__________________
Quote:
“Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary, that's what gets you.”
― Jeremy Clarkson
Appreciate 0
      01-21-2019, 08:21 PM   #21
Jax_415
Private
10
Rep
83
Posts

Drives: 2013 X5M
Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: Cali

iTrader: (1)

@DeeO Will the unit be in English?
Appreciate 0
      01-21-2019, 11:07 PM   #22
Kraftwerk AG
Major
Kraftwerk AG's Avatar
No_Country
440
Rep
1,026
Posts

Drives: Mein F Fünfundachtzig Einhorn
Join Date: Mar 2017
Location: RIP Florian Schneider-Esleben

iTrader: (8)

Yes, it's for the US market.
__________________
Quote:
“Speed has never killed anyone. Suddenly becoming stationary, that's what gets you.”
― Jeremy Clarkson
Appreciate 0
Post Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -5. The time now is 05:18 PM.




xbimmers
Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
1Addicts.com, BIMMERPOST.com, E90Post.com, F30Post.com, M3Post.com, ZPost.com, 5Post.com, 6Post.com, 7Post.com, XBimmers.com logo and trademark are properties of BIMMERPOST