Bmw introduces iPad holder and WiFi hotspot

Article by Christian Andrei, on September 20, 2010

Prior to the 2010 Paris Motor Show, Bmw revealed the Original Bmw Accessories range specially developed for the use of internet-enabled smartphones, laptop computers and the Apple iPad.

The most interesting feature is the new Bmw holder developed especially for the Apple iPad, which will make its debut in the 2011 Bmw X3. The new holder allows rear passengers to make optimum use of both the office and entertainment functions of their iPad.

For example, tuning the holder by 90 degrees allows users to adapt the iPad for their desired usage. Keeping the iPad horizontal is perfect for viewing photos or videos, while keeping it vertical is the best choice for office applications.

With the new Bmw Car Hotspot, passengers can now to connect to the internet via smartphone, iPad, netbook or other device with WiFi access. Available from autumn 2010 both as an option from Bmw ConnectedDrive and as a retrofit item from the Original BMW Accessories range.

The online connection can be established by the Bmw Car Hotspot in two ways: a data-enabled SIM card is either placed directly into the Bmw Car Hotspot or fitted in a mobile phone with SIM Access Profile (SAP), integrated in the vehicle via the snap-in adapter.

Four years ago, Apple and BMW moved forward with their partnership with the creation of technology that allows Apple mobile devices running on iOS4 to be integrated effectively to BMW automobiles. Using a BlueTooth interface, iPhone 4 and iPod devices can now connect to any BMW vehicle’s on-board monitor via the iPod Out function in the iOS4.

This gives drivers unparalleled experience in information access and entertainment. Through the on-board monitor, drivers can, for instance, access their iPod music libraries to avoid getting bored when driving on long distances.

Drivers don’t even have to pull over and manually create a playlist consisting of tracks that will surely keep them entertained while the car’s moving. That’s because the iPod’s Genius function can take on that task by itself, allowing drivers to focus on what’s important and that is to drive the car.

Topics: bmw, ipad, accessories

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