BMW ICOM A2 vs ICOM A3
ICOM A2 and ICOM A3 software are named ISTA-D ISTA-P (or Rheingold version).
ICOM A2 current version: V2016.3 – ISTA-D 3.54.12 ISTA-P 188.8.131.520.
ICOM A3 comes with 2016.03 HDD.
3. BMW ICOM Firmware/Hardware
ICOM A2 firmware version: ICOM Application-01.37.00 ICOM Boot-01.23.01
BMW ICOM A3 firmware version: V1.38
If you need free firmware download link of firmware update for BWM ICOM, ICOM A and ICOM A2, please contact us www.eobdtool.co.uk customer service online.
BMW ICOM A and ICOM A2 share the same functions.
While due to the old BMW ICOM A module have problem in the cooling and protection design, ICOM A2 adopts the whole aluminum shell body,using aerial explosion-proof connector; and ICOM A2 for BMW use the joint connection line which similar to the SDCONNECT COMPACT 4 for Mercedes-Benz .
And the newest version ICOM A3 for BMW has a higher version firmware which is able to receive a significantly more powerful processor and more storage capacity.
ICOM A3 for BMW comes with robust aluminum box will help to avoid damage in harsh environments when using.
5. Operating System
ICOM A2: Win XP and Win 7 O/S , WIN8
ICOM A3: Professional Win7 64 bit (NO win XP)
The newest version ICOM A2 works better in cooling, runs faster and works more stable, not easier broken than older ICOM.
ICOM A3 can program all units for all BMW series, but not media.
This is from www.eobdtool.co.uk website technical support