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Get to Know the BMW Y Cable

Have your iPhone or iPad "speak" to the electronic computer systems in your BMW or MINI with Y lightning USB to AUX lead cables. Using BMW Y cables allows you to make a connection between your Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or iPod Nano device and your BMW or MINI vehicle. Have a full extension of your mobile device through your vehicle, including all your musical, audio, and voice commands. 

What devices and vehicles can you use these cables with? 

The BMW Y cables provide connectivity for multiple Apple mobile devices, along with compatible BMW or MINI models, including:  

  • iPads, iPhones (models 5 through XR), and iPods (Touch and Nano models)
  • BMW models E60 to E93
  • BMW Series 1 through Z4
  • MINI models R56 and R55

If you do not see your particular consumer electronic listed above, check your device’s manual or the manufacturer’s website for specific compatibility and eligible use of these cables. Y cables that are Android device compatible are also available on eBay. 

What are the BMW Y cables? 

Genuine BMW Y cables, available on eBay, are for making a connection between your Apple mobile devices (iPhone, iPad, and iPod) and your vehicle (BMW or MINI). Specifically, these cables allow you to use a lightning USB connector to charge and sync your Apple device with the USB and/or auxiliary (AUX) ports in your car or SUV. If your BMW or MINI has a USB/AUX Input port, you can directly charge your iPhone/iPad/iPod and have the names of any songs appear on your vehicle’s stereo or center console display. You will have simultaneous control of your mobile device and the vehicle’s stereo. If your BMW or MINI only has an AUX Input port, you can use these cables to play your device's music through your vehicle’s stereo. However, to charge your device, you will have to use a cigarette lighter USB adapter (sold separately, but available here on eBay). Additionally, while your mobile device will be synced for playing music, the names of the artist and song will not be displayed on your vehicle’s car stereo. This synchronization functionality is available from the iDrive menu, so follow the menu commands to sync your device. 

What are the BMW Y cable specifications and features? 

Find plenty of feature-rich functionality with these affordable cables on eBay. Specifications allow for wide usage amongst multiple Apple mobile devices and BMW or MINI models. The following are some of the key features and specifications:  

  • iPhone/iPad/iPod lightning USB to 3.5mm AUX (input) lead
  • Charges Apple iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, or iPod Nano device
  • Full compatibility with the iDrive system
  • Works with any in-console USB and/or headphone jack
  • Long cable length for plenty of connectivity

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