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      06-06-2019, 02:24 PM   #1
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Joyeauto Apple Carplay Retrofit

Hi everyone,
There are threads dedicated to other brands of the Apple Carplay retrofit solutions out there, so I thought I'd create one for Joyeauto to see if folks could chime in on their experiences with it as it seems to be one of the most budget friendly options.

I have a 2016 428i xdrive GC and here's what would be great to have:

1) Not having to switch back and forth from iDrive to CarPlay
2) Using the OEM microphone to answer calls - kind of put off by having to install another wired mic
3) Ability to play music through CarPlay (would a wired option be better for sound quality?)
3) Siri is not a requirement as I don't use it much
4) No preference on wired vs wireless solution - as long as everything works!
5) iOS 13 compatibility?

Can those of you who have installed the Joyeauto system provide your thoughts/comments? I hate having to use my phone's google maps and standing the iphone in the cup holders!

I very much appreciate and thank you all in advance!!!
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      06-06-2019, 03:25 PM   #2
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It was discussed Unique-AD product is similar to Joyeauto's hardware.

Software, however, is not.
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      06-06-2019, 05:55 PM   #3
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iOS 13 compatibility should be a non issue as CarPlay is all done on the phone...nothing the MMI box has to do but render the video the phone sends it.
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From what I read, all retrofit audio quality are limited by Aux input quality.
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it seems like unique-ad is just the uk reseller of joyeauto. the iOS side of the firmware is pretty standard, the hardware side of the firmware is pretty much jouyauto, if not all joyeauto. how much of a difference can there really be? also my math may be a bit off, but unique is almost double the cost of joyeauto?
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Just ordered wireless for cic!!
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Hi everyone,
There are threads dedicated to other brands of the Apple Carplay retrofit solutions out there, so I thought I'd create one for Joyeauto to see if folks could chime in on their experiences with it as it seems to be one of the most budget friendly options.

I have the wired version from Unique AD (for the NBT nav) - which uses the car's mic. I haven't tried the new wireless versions but guessing audio would be better via USB plus the phone would be arrive charged to my destination...



Unique AD does not sell it anymore as they have gone fully wireless - I think my wired version was from some people called "Carlinkit"... when buying just make sure they will share firmware updates... Unique AD has been responsive and have shared new files when I asked.
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Unique AD has been responsive and have shared new files when I asked.
Curious what files they gave you... what issues did they fix?
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      06-17-2019, 11:27 AM   #9
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All, thank you for your responses. I actually bought the full NBT EVO ID6 upgrade from Nelson at Bimmertech. I didn't have to buy the new screen or idrive controls because what I had was sufficient so it was a bit cheaper. I plan to keep this car long term and wanted something as close to OEM as possible, with the new idrive system. Should ship and be delivered this week I believe. If anyone is interested, happy to create a new thread or reply to an existing one with my experience with the install. This will be my first DIY (besides some minor coding stuff via BimmerCode).
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I actually bought the full NBT EVO ID6 upgrade from Nelson at Bimmertech. I didn't have to buy the new screen or idrive controls because what I had was sufficient so it was a bit cheaper.
What was the delta in price if you don't mind me asking? Last summer the delta for me would have been like £1k
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I actually bought the full NBT EVO ID6 upgrade from Nelson at Bimmertech. I didn't have to buy the new screen or idrive controls because what I had was sufficient so it was a bit cheaper.
What was the delta in price if you don't mind me asking?
I'll PM you.
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      06-17-2019, 06:42 PM   #12
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Can you PM me too on the price? I'm using NBT ID4. Does he trade in old NBT unit?
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