A client from Portland came to Kingpin Car & Marine Audio in Portland, Oregon, looking get a 2015 BMW X5 iPad integration installation. We set the client up with an audio consultation at our facility and went over the vehicle together. As we sat in the vehicle, we listened as the client explained his ideas to us, and then we offered our expertise, gained over our years from doing many iPad installations. Once we came to a common thought process, we worked up a proposal that he liked, so we set him up for an installation appointment.
Keeping The Factory Radio
Right out of the gate, this installation was a little different, since the client wanted to leave the factory BMW audio system intact and change nothing about it. His driving goal was a big, beautiful iPad sitting prominently on the dash while he used his factory controls for some of the iPad functions.
Our team fabricated a custom mount to hold the iPad in position in front of the factory display. We used factory-grade paint to make our mount look like BMW had this as a factory option. We used a slider design, so he can easily install and remove the unit from its mount but keep it securely in place while driving.
iPad Charging And Audio Output
The installation team at Kingpin was able to use the factory aux input in the center console, and concealed all of the wiring to keep with the factory appearance theme. When the unit is docked in its mount, it is charging whenever the vehicle ignition is on, and he was able to have basic operation over the unit through his factory steering-wheel controls.
More Technology, Faster Access
If you have ever used an iPad, then you know how quickly and easily you can access all of your information, compared to using a factory stereo system. You can find a particular track of music in a few seconds, instead of using the iDrive controller, where it may take 10 times as long. When you factor in the capabilities of having things like Waze, Pandora, Spotify, Google Maps and more, the benefits become even more apparent.
Client Loved The Factory-Looking BMW X5 iPad Installation
When the client came to pick up his X5, he was thrilled with our work. He marveled at how all of our fabrication looked like BMW offered this option from the factory.
When you are ready to get an audio upgrade in your vehicle, we invite you to contact us at Kingpin Car & Marine Audio. One of our specialists will set you up with an audio consultation appointment where you will have our undivided attention. We will work with you to design and build the audio system you have always wanted. Let us show you why Mobile Electronics magazine has named us the Top Retailer in the Nation and given us the Installer of the Year award.