Originally Posted by andreo
I am still planning on getting the cradle. I understand that you need the cradle to get album art on the iDrive screen. Superspeed, does album art appear on your F12 when your iPhone is placed on the cradle? Just wondering whether I need BMW Apps for the Album Art feature.
You get album art even without the craddle, by just connecting the white Apple cable to the USB inside the armrest. Probably you need the option 6NF though (smart phone integration).
The craddle is useful since it connects your phone to the roof antenna, which impoves reception. Also it allows you to watch the videos you might have on your iPhone on (only the Media adapter, not the Music adapter).
Basically you need the craddle for displaying Apps, but maybe some of it also works just with the Apple cable. Your dealer should know.