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BMW CIC carplay retrofit adventures

I decided to buy one of those boxes that retrofits  carplay into an older BMW that has never had carplay available.

Most online as kits are priced all over the road,   from $700 to $200 and beyond.  and if you do any research  paying close attention to the ad's you notice that they are all extremely similar.  Looks like the same box, or a similar box.  Connectors the same, etc...    which makes me believe one or two places make these things.  but why the disparity in pricing?   I think that is if the place actually tests the stuff, or do they simply rebox it and ship it.   Now remember,  these are honestly hacks.  It's injecting it's own video in the LVDS cable to the screen.  it will simply switch from passthrough to it's video then back.  and carplay on these is completely pirated or a china crack/hack  Apple does not license carplay to random companies.  You have to meet their requirements, so I knew what I was getting into.

So I chose the latter.   Found a Cheap $25…

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