BMW ICOM A1 vs. ICOM A2 vs. ICOM A3 diagnostic scanner

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<p class="MsoNormal">BMW ICOMdiagnostic and programming scanner for BMW, MINI Cooper and Rolls Royce hasupgraded to third generation-ICOM A3. Then what’s the difference among ICOM A, ICOM A1, ICOM A2and ICOM A3?</p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal">6 majordifferences are listed below:<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:18.0pt;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list 18.0pt">1)      Appearance:<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal">ICOM and ICOM A share the sameappearance.</p><p class="MsoNormal">ICOM A3 designedwith light weight and smaller size<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"><br></p><p class="MsoNormal">All BWMICOM system comes with three modules ICOM A, ICOM B and ICOM C <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">ICOM A - main adapter with OBD II connector for MOST, KCAN, DCAN<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">ICOM B - additional adapter for optic line, use USB connection with ICOM A<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">ICOM C - adapter for old vehicles with round 20-pin connector.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:18.0pt;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l2 level1 lfo1;tab-stops:list 18.0pt">2)      ICOM Firmware/Hardware<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal">ICOM A and ICOM A2 share the same firmware.Four firmware version optional: V1.1.8, V1.33 and V1.36, and new V1.38. Each versionfirmware update tool can be downloaded free here:</p><p class="MsoNormal">1.18 firmware update tool <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">http://down.uobd2.net/icom-and-icom-a1-and-icom-a2-v1.18-firmware-update-files.zip</p><p class="MsoNormal">1.33 firmware update tool <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">http://down.uobd2.net/icom-a1-a2-and-super-version-a2-v1.33-firmware-update-files.zip</p><p class="MsoNormal">1.36 firmware update tool</p><p class="MsoNormal">http://down.uobd2.net/icom-a1-a2-and-super-version-a2-v1.36-firmware-update-files.zip</p><p class="MsoNormal">1.38 firmware update tool</p><p class="MsoNormal">http://down.uobd2.net/icom-a1-a2-1.38-firmware-upgrade-files.zip</p><p class="MsoNormal">Bestquality BMW ICOM A2 PCB display</p><p class="MsoNormal"><br></p><p class="MsoNormal">ICOM A3 comes with firmwareversion: V1.37<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal">The new ICOM A3 has a better built firmwarewhich supports better heat dissipation feature and able to receive asignificantly more powerful processor and more storage capacity. A3 comes withrobust aluminum box will help to avoid damage in harsh environments when using.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal">3) ICOM Software:<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal">ICOM A and ICOM A1 software: ISIS(ISTA-P) and ISID (ISTA-D), the latest version is: 2013.01.</p><p class="MsoNormal">ICOM A2 and ICOM A3 software: ISTA-DISTA-P (or Rheingold version).</p><p class="MsoNormal">ICOM A2 current version: 2015.6V ISTA-D 3.49.30 ISTA-P 55.4.000<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">ICOM A3 current version: 2015.2V ISTA-D 3.48.10 ISTA-P 3.55.0.100<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">There will be newer software versionreleased continually in the future.</p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal">ISIS/ISTA-D=diagnosticsoftware <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">ISIS/ISTA-P=programming software <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:18.0pt;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2;tab-stops:list 18.0pt">4)      Function:<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal">ICOM A and ICOM A2 perform samefunction. But due to the old ICOM A module have problem in the cooling andprotection design, ICOM A2 adopts the whole aluminum shell body, using aerialexplosion-proof connector; and it use the joint connection line which similarto the Mercedes-Benz SDCONNECT COMPACT 4.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:18.0pt;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l0 level1 lfo2;tab-stops:list 18.0pt">5)      Operatingsystem<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal">ICOM A: support WinXP O/S only.</p><p class="MsoNormal">ICOM A1: Win XP and Win 7 64 bit O/S</p><p class="MsoNormal">ICOM A2: Win XP and Win 7 O/S</p><p class="MsoNormal">ICOM A3: Professional Win7 64 bit (NO WinXP)</p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal">6) Vehicle support <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal">ICOM A2 and ICOM A3 cover the same BMW, MINI and Rolls Roycemodels. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal">In conclusion:<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:18.0pt;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo3;tab-stops:list 18.0pt">a.      The newest version ICOM A2works better in cooling, runs faster and works more stable, noteasier broken than older ICOM. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:18.0pt;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo3;tab-stops:list 18.0pt">b.      ICOM A3 can program all unitsfor all BMW seriesexpect media system.<o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal" style="margin-left:18.0pt;text-indent:-18.0pt;mso-list:l1 level1 lfo3;tab-stops:list 18.0pt">c.      ICOM A3 work more stable and has stronger compatibility than ICOM A2, A1. <o:p></o:p></p><p class="MsoNormal"> </p>