Apple has quietly updated its CarPlay microsite which explains the feature to add CBS News Radio to its growing list of apps it grants CarPlay support to, but a bigger change also appears on the CarPlay site this morning. Apple is no longer promising CarPlay support from any automobile manufacturer this year as it has done since its debut in March. While there has been no shortage of CarPlay demoes and availability announcements, actually getting your hands on a model with CarPlay thus far has proven almost impossible.
The site now says CarPlay “will be available” from listed partners without offering any specific timeframe (and removing the 2014 language for specific brands altogether). This is likely due to delays in CarPlay availability thus far, even in models that have announced support earlier this year with cars that are now on the road.
To date, it appears Ferrari’s FF model is the only vehicle to actually ship CarPlay to customers. Automakers Mercedes-Benz and Volvo both confirmed to 9to5Mac last month that despite Apple announcing each company as 2014 partners, CarPlay availability would not happen this year.
Before today’s change, Apple’s CarPlay availability included Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, saying “CarPlay will be available on models from these great marques in 2014.”
You can see Apple’s previous CarPlay availability description below:
The updated site now consolidates a number of brands under the same parent company adding to the vagueness of when and if CarPlay will be available in specific vehicles.
Aside from availability in new models, CarPlay has been promised in aftermarket in-car displays as well with Apple listing both Pioneer and Alpine as committed partners. That language has not changed, but Pioneer stated earlier this year that CarPlay would be available in summer 2014 (later adding early summer availability), but Pioneer customers still have not seen the mentioned firmware update to bring CarPlay support from Apple.
Update: Pioneer UK has a couple of interesting tweets about CarPlay support and releasing the firmware update mentioned before.