As reported previously on MotoringFile there seems to be a buzz in regards to Apple and BMW possibly working together on official iPod/Car Stereo integration of some kind. This solution would most likely be in addition to the already released Dension Ice-Link and the soon to be released Alpine unit. Now comes news from another source that this is indeed happening.
Recently Apple CEO Steve Jobs (along with Bill Gates and others) gave a presentation at the All Things Digital conference hosted by Walt Mossberg. While Mr. Jobs spoke about a number of news worthy items in the technology field he happen to mention one that has impact in the automotive world – possibly for BMW & MINI specifically. Here's an excerpt from the speech (AppleInsider):
Jobs alluded to a new product when he was setting context prior to announcing the Airport Express. He said people also want the iPod to work better in their car, and to expect some announcements later in the year. Jobs had an image on the screen of the inside of a BMW, with the BMW logo Photoshop'd out.
In a seemingly related bit of news here's a quote from a recent Autospies scoop regarding the next generation 3 series:
“Audio system will finally have a CD/MP3 capable playback and an interface connection to iPod-like devices… we're even hearing rumblings out of the Palo Alto Technology office regarding a potential deal in the works with Apple.”
As the electronics of the current MINI are based on the current 3 series – we can expect the next generation MINI's system to also be based on the next generation 3 series and current 1 series. Because of that it's a safe bet that any feature seen in the 1 series or the next generation 3 series will almost surely show up in the MINI as well.
Of course this is still all speculative at this point but it seems to make sense for all parties involved – especially for MINI owners with iPods!