The Latest iDrive : BMW iX Upgrades and Recalls for Existing Owners
It seems that BMW is not planning to upgrade the iX with iDrive 8.5, and that the current models will be stuck with iDrive 8.0. This is a major disappointment for those who have purchased the car, as they are now stuck with an outdated version of the software. It appears that the only way to get the latest version of iDrive is to wait until March 2023 when the new head unit will be released in production cars. This means that existing owners will have to wait at least two years before they can upgrade their cars. In the meantime, it is important to keep an eye on any updates or recalls from BMW, as they may offer some kind of solution for existing owners.
The current version of iDrive 8.0 is still a great system, but it lacks some features that are available in the newer versions. For example, iDrive 8.5 has an improved voice recognition system, as well as better integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. It also has a more intuitive user interface, making it easier to use. Additionally, iDrive 8.5 has a new feature called “Personal Assistant” which allows you to ask questions and get answers from your car.
In addition to the lack of iDrive 8.5, there are other issues with the current version of the software. For example, the navigation system is not as accurate as it could be, and the maps are often outdated. Additionally, the voice recognition system is not as good as it could be, and it can be difficult to understand what the car is saying. Finally, the user interface can be confusing at times, making it difficult to find certain functions or settings.
Despite these issues, there are still many things that make the iX a great car. The interior is comfortable and luxurious, and the exterior design is sleek and modern. Additionally, the car is packed with technology, including advanced driver assistance systems such as lane keeping assist and adaptive cruise control. Finally, the car is powered by a powerful electric motor that provides plenty of power for city driving.
Overall, while the lack of iDrive 8.5 is disappointing for those who have purchased the iX, there are still plenty of reasons to love this car. With its luxurious interior and modern exterior design, advanced driver assistance systems, and powerful electric motor, it is still one of the best cars on the market today.
Will the BMW iX upgrade to iDrive 8.5?
The BMW iX is the only current model that will be upgraded with a new head unit, allowing it to run iDrive 8.5. However, as most cars get replaced, they’ll skip over 8.5 and move straight to iDrive 9. It is not yet known if existing iX models will be upgraded with a new head unit.
Is there any info on when the upgrade will happen?
The March 2023 update is expected to bring the November update to iDrive 8 but OTA updates are not expected until March 2023. The last MY2023 iX models are expected to be produced at the end of February 2021, and then they will start 2024 Models in March 2021.
Are all current vehicles upgradable?
No, only the future iX with the new head units will be able to run 8.5.
Will BMW continue to support iDrive 8 with fixes and enhancements?
It is unclear if BMW will continue to support iDrive 8 with fixes and enhancements. However, BMW has stated that they will continue to support the current version of iDrive 8 with updates and bug fixes.
What new features will be available with iDrive 9?
iDrive 9 will bring a number of new features, such as improved voice control, enhanced navigation, and more intuitive user interface. It will also feature an updated version of BMW's ConnectedDrive services, which includes access to online music streaming services and real-time traffic information.
Will I be able to use my existing apps with iDrive 9?
Yes, you will be able to use your existing apps with iDrive 9. The new system will be compatible with all existing BMW ConnectedDrive apps, including Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.
What about the hardware? Is it upgradable?
Yes, the hardware is upgradable. The new head unit will come with a faster processor and more memory, allowing for smoother operation and better performance. Additionally, the new head unit will have a larger display screen, allowing for more detailed information to be displayed at once.
Will I need to purchase any additional hardware or software?
No additional hardware or software is required to upgrade to iDrive 9. All you need is the new head unit and the latest version of the software.
How long does it take to install the new head unit?
Installation time depends on the complexity of the installation process and the type of vehicle you have. Generally speaking, it should take no longer than two hours to install the new head unit in most vehicles.