AppleCarPlay Android Auto may be missing from some new BMW models: Reports

According to a report from Automotive News Europe, BMW is temporarily shipping some new vehicles without support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay after changing chip suppliers (via 9to5Google). Android Auto and CarPlay aren’t yet supported by the processors from the new provider, and they’ll need an update to work.

Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and Wi-Fi capabilities must be updated for these cars built in the first four months of this year, BMW said in an emailed statement to Automotive News Europe. When The Verge asked for comment from BMW, the company didn’t immediately return the call.

End of June will see an OTA update.

Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support may not be too far away for drivers. By the end of June at the earliest, the auto manufacturer aims to push out an over-the-air (OTA) upgrade that will enable the feature.

It’s unclear how many cars are affected or which ones, if any, BMW has made without Android Auto or Apple CarPlay. Drivers in the United States, United Kingdom, Italy, Spain, and France have reported receiving their new vehicles without either functionality. It is not apparent if only particular locations are affected by the issue.

Because of the chip shortage, BMW has already made a number of sacrifices. It was revealed in late-November of last year that BMW has given impacted customers a $500 credit as a result of ceasing to ship new vehicles without touchscreens and back-up assistants.

Additionally, General Motors and other automakers were severely affected by the supply deficit. For the 2022 Cadillac Escalade, the self-driving Super Cruise technology has been removed from the vehicle, along with wireless charging, a fuel management module, and other features. Ford began temporarily delivering and selling Explorer SUVs without rear heating and air conditioning controls very lately, according to Automotive News.

According to Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger, the chip scarcity, which has ramifications across a wide range of businesses, might endure until 2024.