BMW is the first car manufacturer to announce support for the little-heralded iPod Out feature from the iOS 4, reports “The Guardian” (

The feature allows all devices running the latest version of iOS (the operating system formerly known as the iPhone OS) to output the iPod interface to an external screen. Compatible devices include the iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4 as well as the second and third generation of iPod touches.

“Despite using the BMW iDrive system, the interface is Apple’s own and seems rather like a combination of Front Row and the traditional iPod interfaces of old,” says “The Guardian.” “Eschewing animated graphics of album art for a basic menu interface makes for easier navigation and less distraction from the road.”