CarPlay Overview Updated September 20, 2021

CarPlay

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

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June 2013 - September 2021


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

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Best aftermarket CarPlay options:

CarPlay Stories September 20

A few years ago I purchased two new Hondas. My Civic came with Apple CarPlay, but the HR-V had a basic entertainment system so I upgraded its system with an Alpine unit with Wireless CarPlay. I really wanted Wireless CarPlay, but replacing my entertainment system was too disruptive.

Now there’s a solution for turning standard CarPlay into Wireless CarPlay, at least for some models, and it actually works!

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CarPlay Stories September 12

We’re almost at the end of the iOS 14 cycle but there’s a bug that still affects plenty of users on the current iPhone’s operating system. People across the internet have shared that when connecting the iPhone to their cars, sometimes they get an “Only one accessory can be used at a time” error.

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CarPlay Stories September 9

Microsoft is rolling out an update to its Microsoft Teams application with a focus on additional hybrid work improvements and CarPlay integration. With CarPlay integration, which is coming this month, you can now join Microsoft Teams meetings from your car.

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CarPlay Stories August 26

Electrify America is upgrading its mobile apps to work with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment systems starting today. The new feature helps electric vehicle drivers easily discover the nearest EA charging station, initiate and complete charging remotely, and view charging plan details.

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CarPlay Stories July 6

Sportsnet for iOS adds dedicated CarPlay app with live streaming and more

Popular Canadian sports network Sportsnet has officially launched official CarPlay support with its latest iOS update for live streaming of its stations as well show highlights.

CarPlay Stories June 8

Apple is upgrading the CarPlay experience with an update coming to the iPhone this fall. iOS 15 introduces new features for drivers, including Announce Messages with Siri, Driving Focus for handling notifications, new wallpapers for personalizing appearance, and even more.

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CarPlay Stories May 18

A widespread issue appears to be affecting CarPlay users running iOS 14.5.1. According to a report from Autoevolution, as well as multiple reports on Reddit and other forums, the Music app on CarPlay has started repeatedly crashing upon launch for some users.

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CarPlay Stories May 13

CarPlay is Apple’s feature that brings communication and entertainment functions to the built-in screen in your car using iPhone apps. The feature appears on a lot of aftermarket displays and new cars that you can buy today.

As CarPlay support shows up from more manufacturers, we’re also seeing more developers enable CarPlay capabilities in their own apps. Once you install these apps on your iPhone, they appear on your CarPlay-enabled display when you connect your iPhone. Read on for the growing list of iPhone apps that support CarPlay. expand full story

CarPlay Stories March 4

We’ve been fans of CarPlay at 9to5Mac since 2014, and I started riding motorcycles in my free time last summer. So it’s an understatement to say I was intrigued when news of a new model of Indian Motorcycle with Apple CarPlay crossed the wire.

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CarPlay Stories March 3

Spotify begins beta testing new endless playlist feature for CarPlay app

Spotify continues to test new features for its CarPlay app. With the new “Go to Song Radio” function, Spotify’s CarPlay users can create a long playlist of songs that are similar to the current song being played.

CarPlay Stories February 8

PlugShare is a highly rated service for easily finding charging stations for electric vehicles while traveling, and now the iPhone version works with Apple’s CarPlay feature. Apple introduced three new categories of apps for CarPlay in iOS 14: parking, EV charging, and quick food ordering.

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CarPlay Stories January 11

As CES 2021 kicks off this week, Pioneer Electronics has announced its newest in-dash receiver with support for CarPlay. The new DMH-WC5700NEX features support for both wireless and wired CarPlay, and will be available sometime this summer.

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CarPlay Stories December 8, 2020

The beta test of Waze CarPlay Dashboard mode was apparently successful, as the feature is now rolling out in a new update to the release version after just a couple of weeks of testing.

Dashboard mode means that you can see Waze directions on your CarPlay home screen, alongside audio controls, meaning less need to switch between screens, which is safer as well as more convenient …

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CarPlay Stories December 2, 2020

SpotHero digital parking service announces integration with Apple CarPlay

SpotHero, a digital parking service that connects drivers with parking lots and valet services, today announced a major update to its iOS app that brings support for Apple CarPlay.

CarPlay Stories December 1, 2020

Microsoft has announced a variety of changes to its Microsoft Teams application today, including integration with Apple CarPlay. Microsoft Teams is also adding new options for recording meetings, transferring calls, and more.

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CarPlay Stories November 17, 2020

CarPlay support comes to ChargePoint EV charging network

Apple users who don’t want to rely on the built-in charging station guidance in their electric vehicle (or their iPhone) now have the option of using Apple’s CarPlay for everything from navigation, starting a session, to joining a waitlist at ChargePoint EV stations.

CarPlay Stories August 19, 2020

Apple’s CarPlay platform is one of the best ways to bring the iPhone experience to your car’s infotainment system. A few years ago, Apple introduced wireless CarPlay, which allows you to forgo the Lightning cable, but adoption has been limited so far.

The CPLAY2air wireless CarPlay adapter aims to solve that problem by allowing you to seamlessly cut the CarPlay cord for a completely wireless experience. Head below for a hands-on video look at the CPLAY2air wireless adapter, which can transform your wired CarPlay experience to a wireless one with ease.

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CarPlay Stories July 9, 2020

Chevrolet unveiled this week the new 2021 Corvette Stingray, which will be available later this year. In addition to everything that has changed in the newest model, the 2021 Corvette includes Wireless CarPlay support, built-in Qi charger, and other modern features.

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CarPlay Stories June 25, 2020

Apple CarPlay improves every year with software updates for the iPhone. This year is no different with iOS 14 and new features like wallpaper support.

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CarPlay Stories June 15, 2020

We have been reporting on Apple’s upcoming ‘CarKey’ feature for a while now, and the latest iOS 13.6 beta gives us our best confirmation yet that the feature is imminent. On iOS 13.6, if you go to the Privacy information for Apple Wallet, Apple details several paragraphs about adding a car key to the Wallet app — a feature that the company has not yet officially announced. The find was first spotted by iPhone Ticker.

As the copy has been updated in 13.6 but not in prior releases, it suggests that Apple may be planning to launch Car Key with the release of iOS 13.6, rather than waiting for iOS 14. The company may very well announce Car Key as part of WWDC next week.

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CarPlay Stories May 18, 2020

A few years ago I replaced my 2005 Honda Civic from high school with a 2017 model. The car itself felt twelve years newer in every way but one.

My old car stereo was replaced with an aftermarket Wireless CarPlay head unit. The tenth generation Honda Civic included standard CarPlay, and I wasn’t interested in replacing the stock entertainment system in a brand new car.

Three years later, it’s now possible to add both Wireless CarPlay and Qi charging for around $200 — all without replacing any hardware.

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CarPlay Stories April 23, 2020

While CarPlay head units have become common in-car and aftermarket, Porsche is looking to tackle a new segment of the market. The automaker has announced a new line of head units designed for classic Porsche cars, and they’re available starting today.

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CarPlay Stories March 5, 2020

Wireless CarPlay is still rare in 2020, so it’s always great news to see new cars offer the premium version of Apple’s infotainment feature. As 9to5Mac‘s sister site Electrek reports, Chevy’s new car of the future will be equipped with Wireless CarPlay and more modern features not widely available in new cars.

Update: Wireless CarPlay unfortunately did not make release for the 2021 model as originally planned. Customers can expect wired CarPlay in the 2021 model, and wireless CarPlay in the 2022 model.

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CarPlay Stories January 22, 2020

Reports of audio cutouts and other glitches on iPhone 11 with wireless CarPlay

There are some reports of audio cutouts and other problems when using the iPhone 11 with wireless CarPlay. Many of these relate to the BMW-made Mini, but others say the same thing is happening with the BMW Series 1 as well as Nissan and Honda models…

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