CarPlay Overview Updated August 13, 2018


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

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June 2013 - August 2018

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.

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How to find cars with CarPlay:

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Best aftermarket CarPlay options:

CarPlay Stories August 13

Toyota further details CarPlay plans, coming to 2019 Camry sedan and Sienna minivan

Toyota was one of the few auto manufacturers to seemingly holdout on adding CarPlay support to its vehicles until this year. Now, the brand is bringing Apple’s in-car platform to two more of its 2019 models.

CarPlay Stories August 3

Apple’s CarPlay infotainment feature in cars is available in more places than ever today, but it’s not a standard in every make and model yet. Read on for a roundup of some of the latest new cars to offer CarPlay.

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CarPlay Stories July 9

As a Toyota driver, I’ve been subjected to the company’s horrible Entune-powered head unit for the last 6 years. On my 2012 model, it’s bundled with a matte resistive touch screen that requires you to press in on the display to control the unit. As you can probably imagine, the stock unit is extremely clunky and difficult to use. It’s so bad that I wouldn’t purchase a new Toyota without a new capacitive CarPlay unit built in. Thankfully, Toyota recently wised up and decided to adopt CarPlay after holding out for several years.

If you’re like me and stuck with a terrible stock head unit, then a CarPlay-enabled aftermarket radio may be the key to a much better audio, messaging, and navigation experience while on the go. There are caveats associated with having an aftermarket head unit installed, but as my recent experience with the Pioneer MVH-1400NEX shows, the upsides outweigh the potential downsides. expand full story

CarPlay Stories June 7

At WWDC on Monday, Apple officially announced that CarPlay is gaining support for third-party mapping applications such as Waze and Google Maps. Apple offered additional details about this feature, as well improvements to existing CarPlay apps, during a WWDC session this week…

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CarPlay Stories June 4

As part of iOS 12, Apple has announced changes to some of the core iOS applications. On stage, the company touted improvements to Apple Books, Apple News, Stocks, Voice Memos, and more.

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CarPlay Stories May 24

This evening, Pioneer has officially confirmed the availability of its aftermarket wireless CarPlay head units. The company first showcased a prototype version of its wireless CarPlay products at CES, but has now made three new head units available for purchase…

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