CarPlay Overview Updated February 7, 2019


A smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car

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CarPlay is an iOS feature that makes using your iPhone simpler and easier while in the car.

Here’s how Apple describes CarPlay:

Available on select cars, CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car. CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road. Just connect your iPhone and go.

Porsche CarPlay

Other CarPlay resources:

How to find cars with CarPlay:

Sony Electronics - XAV-AX100

Best aftermarket CarPlay options:

CarPlay Stories February 7

Toyota has announced its latest vehicles to receive Apple CarPlay during the Chicago Auto Show today. The 2020 TRD Pro family of trucks and SUVs includes the Sequoia, Tundra, Tacoma, and 4Runner which are all getting CarPlay, Android Auto, and Alexa integration.

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CarPlay Stories January 31

Back in the summer we went hands-on with Pioneer’s budget-minded MVH-1400NEX CarPlay head unit (review). What we found was an excellent no-frills aftermarket head unit with a clean design.

The MVH-1400NEX with its ~$300 entry-level price point was nice, but it lacked wireless CarPlay capability, which made it a non-starter for users desiring a wire-free experience. Enter Pioneer’s ~$800 AVIC-W8400NEX, a truly wireless CarPlay aftermarket head unit. Is it worth paying more for wireless connectivity? expand full story

CarPlay Stories January 14

After a handful of CarPlay announcements at CES 2019 last week, Toyota today announced that its 2020 GR Supra will support wireless CarPlay. Meanwhile, Kia and Fiat Chrysler announced new cars with wired CarPlay integration.

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CarPlay Stories January 8

CES 2019 is bringing us new wired and wireless aftermarket CarPlay head units from brands including Sony, Kenwood, and JVC. These are the latest CarPlay screens coming this year.

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CarPlay Stories November 21, 2018

Mazda CarPlay plans took a step forward today when the company announced a retrofit option for some older models.

Mazda was named as a CarPlay partner way back in 2015, but it wasn’t until this year that it finally launched the option on new cars, starting with the Mazda6. It promised a Mazda CarPlay option for older cars at the time, and says that this is now available …

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CarPlay Stories September 25, 2018

Navigating with Maps and Apple Watch can be very useful with distinctive taps for upcoming turns, but the feature can be distracting if you have a better solution with CarPlay. Starting with iOS 12 and watchOS 5, Apple now lets you choose when you want to receive navigation alerts on Apple Watch.

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