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5 series f10 CarPlay


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Hi all

My 2012 5 series f10 needs Apple CarPlay installed, however after doing some research, I'm not sure whether I should leave the stock head unit and get the kit installed, or if I should switch to an android head unit from Xtrons. The head unit's drawback is that I will no longer have the factory-installed microphone and will instead use the head unit mic. I get to retain the microphone if I choose the first option. Does anybody have suggestions for the best choice? The head unit will run you £424 plus £140 for installation. The alternative choice is £700 for installation.
Thank you for your time, everyone.

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Do you mean a replacement screen when you mention "xtrons head unit"? You shouldn't mess with the idrive unit, which is the car's head unit.
The new screens I installed did not come with a microphone, but instead made use of the one that came with my BMW.
Share your research by posting the URLs for the two options.

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I have previously utilised this company for replacement screens; I dare assume xtrons has the same setup; however, the Bavarian screens did not require an aftermarket microphone.
Also installed a Droid UK one, which performed identically.
Without a doubt, all suppliers' screens originate from the same Chinese factory.

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Just now, jennycarlotta said:

I have previously utilised this company for replacement screens; I dare assume xtrons has the same setup; however, the Bavarian screens did not require an aftermarket microphone.
Also installed a Droid UK one, which performed identically.
Without a doubt, all suppliers' screens originate from the same Chinese factory.

I've seen these in another post. I also want to know if the xtrons ones are the most recent and how to update the programme when needed.

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Yes, all in-car functions function precisely as they do now; the Android displays simply receive the same data as the original display, but also add additional functionality.
If it were up to me, I would choose a DAB app over an add-on that utilises a flimsy stick-on antenna, as their signal quality is never optimal.

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I got a droid unit from droiduk and put it in. This works with the standard mic that came with the car. You can also use a 3.5mm jack to connect an extra mic, which is what I've done. I found an original BMW mic for a good price, attached a 3.5mm jack plug to it, and then put it in. Since my car is a convertible, I put the second microphone right next to the first one in the steering hood. It works well, but the mic sound on phone calls is a little low, but I can still be heard. 

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So I purchased it from Amazon

XTRONS 10.25-inch Car Stereo Android 11 Octa Core Touch GPS Navigator iDrive System With Integrated 4G LTE BMW 5 Series F10/F11 CIC DSP CarAutoPlay Android Auto Support DAB+ OBD2 DVR TPMS Camera https://amzn.eu/d/415i28L

Now I'm pondering if the processor is fast enough or if I should rescind the order and go with this one.

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If it were me, I'd always look for the CPU with the greatest specifications and the maximum amount of memory since, just like with a computer or a laptop, you want the gadget to work swiftly and smoothly. When I link my vehicle to my smartphone via CarPlay, I utilise the built-in radio applications on my iPhone to listen to live streaming radio. I also have a 4G SIM card in my unit, however you can't use the Wi-Fi in the unit with the data sim at the same time if you have car play going. This is because car play connects to BT via an app called z-link, which utilises the Wi-Fi mode. No one tells you this. I found this out the hard way.

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