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Old 03-13-2017, 12:44 AM
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Default CarPlay on pre-facelift - Can it be added?

For us 2016 and older A3/S3 owners... can we get CarPlay? Dealer programable?
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Old 03-13-2017, 05:36 AM
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Doubtful, probably an entire mmi upgrade. It uses usb for the data connection, which I don't think pre-facelift cars even have (charge only)
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Originally Posted by Clearmounts View Post
For us 2016 and older A3/S3 owners... can we get CarPlay? Dealer programable?
If this guy is to be believed, I don't see why an upgrade isn't possible. The first two minutes give me hope that it at least can be done if Audi wants to do it.

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The MMI in the video is the new MIB2 system. It is a completely different design than the earlier MMI systems. I seriously doubt that the MIB2 system can be implemented in an earlier build without a very expensive upgrade i.e. a replacement of the entire 5F module, screen, radio, wiring, USB ports, coding, etc. We would be talking multiple thousands, not hundreds of dollars. Probably cheaper to buy a new car.
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Originally Posted by snagitseven View Post
The MMI in the video is the new MIB2 system. It is a completely different design than the earlier MMI systems. I seriously doubt that the MIB2 system can be implemented in an earlier build without a very expensive upgrade i.e. a replacement of the entire 5F module, screen, radio, wiring, USB ports, coding, etc. We would be talking multiple thousands, not hundreds of dollars. Probably cheaper to buy a new car.
Maybe it will all be there for the A3 mid cycle update? I had 2017 A4 S-line loaner for almost a week with the new virtual cockpit. It was cool for a day but the novelty wears off very quickly.
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Originally Posted by duncanator View Post
If this guy is to be believed, I don't see why an upgrade isn't possible. The first two minutes give me hope that it at least can be done if Audi wants to do it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xMvy...L&index=1&t=7s
Scam. This feature is a bigger lie than the emission reporting on the TDI - and in my opinion, way more annoying - carmakers rely on the inability to update to sell new cars.

Sorry for my venom, I was psyched about this in 2014, clearly not a real 'thing' as it turns out.
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As sad as it is I would settle for the car not completely hijacking my phone microphone. It's truly sad that it's easier to send a text in my 2010 Jetta than it is in my 2016 A3. Just simply letting me interact with Siri to send a simple text would be nice. The inability to perform this simple task would have been enough to steer me away, but being that it was an Audi with all these "cool" features I never expected this problem. Lesson learned.
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seems vw always has better tech and better seats than audi. hahaha
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Originally Posted by Jnjrowland View Post
As sad as it is I would settle for the car not completely hijacking my phone microphone. It's truly sad that it's easier to send a text in my 2010 Jetta than it is in my 2016 A3. Just simply letting me interact with Siri to send a simple text would be nice. The inability to perform this simple task would have been enough to steer me away, but being that it was an Audi with all these "cool" features I never expected this problem. Lesson learned.
This seems to be an isolated issue with the pre-facelift A3/S3. Audi screwed something up with that particular MMI version. In all other models as far as I know Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana and what not works fine with the car's mic. Later models such as the facelifted A/S/RS6/7 added Siri Eyes Free, where by holding the voice button on the steering wheel for a second calls up Siri. I believe the same feature also works with Android to call up Google Assistant. I occasionally use Siri or Google Assistant in the car. Other than having to initiate on the phone itself, it works pretty well.
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Originally Posted by superswiss View Post
This seems to be an isolated issue with the pre-facelift A3/S3. Audi screwed something up with that particular MMI version. In all other models as far as I know Siri, Google Assistant, Cortana and what not works fine with the car's mic. Later models such as the facelifted A/S/RS6/7 added Siri Eyes Free, where by holding the voice button on the steering wheel for a second calls up Siri. I believe the same feature also works with Android to call up Google Assistant. I occasionally use Siri or Google Assistant in the car. Other than having to initiate on the phone itself, it works pretty well.
Thanks for sharing, seems to me a 'patch' to fix this oversight would be nice. Somehow I'm not going to hold my breath though!!!!
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