Automotive News Europe reports that BMW has begun shipping new cars without support for Android Auto and Apple CarPlay after changing chip suppliers. It is reported that the chips from the new supplier are not yet compatible with Android Auto and CarPlay, but the situation will be corrected after a software update.
The chips built into these cars in the first four months of this year need updated software to be fully functional and offer Apple CarPlay/Android Auto and Wi-Fi capabilities.
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Owners of these cars won’t have to wait too long to get Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. The manufacturer told Automotive News Europe that it plans to release the wireless update no later than the end of June.
BMW did not specify which car models are affected or how many. The manufacturer clarified that cars with “6P1” in the production code did not receive Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
As a reminder, Intel CEO Pat Gelsinger predicts that the chip shortage, which affects multiple industries in different ways, could last until 2024.