New BMW Models Feature Wireless Charging Technology

February 3, 2017

In-vehicle charging has long been a popular accessory for high-range vehicles. Consumers needed to be able to charge their phones on the move, and manufacturers have responded with huge improvements in the ease and accessibility of their charging points.

Most recently, car manufacturers have started to integrate wireless charging technology, and inevitable advancement that gives drivers and passengers what they really want; a life without wires and ports.

BMW have kept themselves well ahead of the trend, integrating wireless charging technology into many of their higher end models.

In a recent article, we discussed the wireless capabilities of the BMW 7-Series, which skillfully integrated in-vehicle charging using a pocket located within the central console.

Since then, BMW has released many new car models that feature wireless charging capabilities. These models include:

  • M Series (2017)
  • X3 (2017)
  • X5 (2017)
  • i8 (2017)
  • 4 Series (2016–17)
  • 6 Series (2017)

If you are lucky enough to be the proud owner of any of these BMW models, you can make use of your car's wireless charging right now!

BMW Wireless Charging

There are two types of wireless charger that feature in the mentioned BMW models. The first is a wireless charging pocket located inside the central console. The second is a wireless charging tray on the central console. Both are extremely easy to use, and function in very much the same one.

The wireless charging pocket inside the center console:

The wireless charging tray on the central console:

Once activated, simply slot your smartphone into the pocket or tray, with no obstructions between the devices. The phone will flash to confirm that charging has begun. You can remove the phone at any time to stop charging, and some vehicles even have a built-in capacity to remind you not to forget it.

BMW wireless chargers are compatible with most Android phones, and can be adjusted to fit different sizes and models. However, you should check if your phone is Qi-enabled, as iPhones are not.

Are iPhones Compatible With BMW Wireless Charging?

BMW utilize Qi charging for all of their in-vehicle capabilities. Qi is a type of charging which uses induction transfer to allow batteries to be charged wirelessly, simply by placing the device on top of the pad.

Despite 'Qi' quickly becoming an industry standard for wireless charging, you might be surprised to know that iPhones are not Qi-enabled, not even the new iPhone 7 model. For iPhone users to benefit from wireless charging in their BMW, they will need a simple accessory that makes it compatible.

The Latitude is a universal iPhone case that enables both Qi and PMA (used in commercial outlets like Starbucks) wireless charging. Simply snap the case onto your iPhone, and you will be able to easily charge your phone using your BMW wireless charger.

Is Wireless Charging Here To Stay?

Wireless charging is expected to take over. When BMW first integrated wireless charging on their 2016 7 Series models, they took a step forward in the technology of their vehicles. As we bring in the new year, they have continued to facilitate wireless chargers into many of their new and upcoming vehicles.

It is not only BMW who have taken this leap. Recent manufacturers who have responded to the growing desire to go wireless include Honda, Toyota and Mercedes.

BEZALEL will continue to enhance the digital landscape with profound wireless technology for smartphones and devices. As the technology emerges, we will continue to provide up-to-date news and information about how best to use and benefit from it. Bring on wireless charging!