CarPlay Overview Updated September 19, 2022


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.

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How to find cars with CarPlay:

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Best aftermarket CarPlay options:

CarPlay Stories September 19

[Update September 19, 2022: Amazon currently has the Wireless CarPlay adaptor as a Lightning deal for $72! Deal ends around 7 p.m. ET.]

Do Wireless CarPlay adapters actually work? I bought two cars a few years ago. The Honda Civic came with wired Apple CarPlay. The Honda HR-V had a basic entertainment system that I upgraded with an Alpine unit with Wireless CarPlay. I really wanted Wireless CarPlay in the Civic, but replacing its entertainment system was too disruptive. Now there’s a solution for turning standard CarPlay into Wireless CarPlay

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CarPlay Stories July 27

CarPlay wallpaper options will expand by three when iOS 16 is released this fall. All three new wallpapers are available in CarPlay, starting with today’s fourth developer beta release.

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CarPlay Stories July 26

An over-the-air (OTA) update has brought Apple CarPlay to newer Android-Automotive powered Volvos. CarPlay has been missing on Volvo models ever since the carmaker went with Google’s operating system.

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CarPlay Stories June 30

At WWDC, much of the attention was on the fancy next-generation CarPlay Apple previewed, but those experiences won’t appear in cars for several years.

Near term, something new for CarPlay in iOS 16 is the addition of new supported app categories for “fuel and driving tasks,” according to the iOS 16 feature preview page. A report from Reuters today says that some gas station chains are already preparing to take advantage of this and allow drivers to pay for fuel through the car’s infotainment center.

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CarPlay Stories June 28

About a week ago, I had Alpine’s newest version of its popular multimedia receiver – the iLX-507 – installed into my beloved nine-year-old car, providing a much-needed upgrade. Head below for more details.

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CarPlay Stories June 27

Currently, Tesla cars do not support CarPlay, but by the beginning of the year, 9to5Mac reported a nice project called Tesla Android with CarPlay. Created by developer Michał Gapiński, this workaround to enable CarPlay on Tesla cars has now been updated to version 2022.25.1 with a ton of new features. In addition, it now supports all the cars the company has.

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CarPlay Stories June 22

Apple’s car ambitions range from replacing your infotainment system with the iPhone to someday selling self-driving electric vehicles. Not every auto exec is convinced Apple will ever cross the finish line to shipping its own car, however. Meanwhile, more automakers are continuing to adopt Apple CarPlay even as the company teases its next grand vision for taking over your car software.

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CarPlay Stories June 13

With more employers transitioning to hybrid work comes more ways to stay connected while on the go. Today, Webex announced its new feature, Move to Mobile, for Apple CarPlay.

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CarPlay Stories June 6

Apple showed off the next generation of CarPlay during WWDC 2022, and wow does it look stunning. The complete CarPlay takeover of the infotainment display, dash controls, and more tease us with Apple Car vibes.

While Project Titan remains an R&D project, Apple says the first cars that will work with next-gen CarPlay won’t be announced until the end of next year. There’s a high chance that drivers will have to wait until 2024 or 2025 to get behind the wheel of next generation CarPlay.

iOS 16 does include a few updates to CarPlay, however, that will be available to everyone this fall.

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CarPlay Stories May 9

Tesla’s resistance to adding CarPlay is no secret, and there’s absolutely no indication it’s something the company is working on adding. Earlier this year, we covered a workaround that brought CarPlay to Tesla cars, and now it’s available for anyone to try… as long as you’re willing to jump through some major hoops.

There are also a few other third-party options. Head below for the details.

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CarPlay Stories March 18

Some kind of new Porsche Apple partnership may be in the cards after the two companies held meetings to discuss “possible joint projects.”

Porsche CEO Oliver Blume revealed the meetings when announcing the company’s annual results …

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CarPlay Stories February 1

CarPlay is Apple’s popular in-car infotainment system that brings your iPhone apps and interface to your car’s display. It’s gone through multiple different design iterations over the years, the most recent of which features a dashboard, tile-based design to give you access to quite a bit of information at once.

As our colleagues at 9to5Google have reported, Google is testing a new version of its own Android Auto in-car system, and many of the new design elements may look familiar to long-time CarPlay users.

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CarPlay Stories January 17

Over the weekend, Polish developer Michał Gapiński shared a fascinating look at CarPlay running on his Tesla Model 3. The automaker doesn’t support CarPlay, so this workaround – with some major caveats – will certainly grab the attention of those who have been asking for the functionality for years.

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CarPlay Stories January 6

Alpine is out today at CES with its next-gen multimedia receivers for automobiles. The new 11 and 9-inch Halo Floating Touchscreen Receivers include support for wired and wireless CarPlay/Android Auto as well as compatibility with Lossless hi-res audio.

Update 1/6: Alpine has also announced new weather-resistant receivers for the Jeep Wrangler.

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CarPlay Stories November 26, 2021

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 October 12, 2021

Infiniti has announced that it is making wireless CarPlay available as a free upgrade to owners of a handful of different car models. The company announced today that owners of 2020 and up Q50, Q60, QX50, and QX80 models can now get wireless CarPlay added to their vehicles as a free upgrade…

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CarPlay Stories October 11, 2021

CarPlay has always been a temporary way for Apple to get its software into existing cars while they work on something far more innovative. Everyone under the sun knows that Apple is building its own car. When we will see the rumored “Project Titan” though, nobody knows. In the meantime, Apple appears to be expanding its efforts to integrate into more aspects of existing cars from other manufacturers. Bloomberg has reported on Apple’s plans to connect CarPlay with things like air conditioning, batteries, seats, and more. Here’s what we think CarPlay could look like with deeper car integration.

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CarPlay Stories September 26, 2021

CarPlay is becoming an essential part of using iOS. What started as something only in high-end aftermarket stereos has turned into the default for new cars. Unfortunately, my car from 2017 doesn’t have it, and I am not interested in completely ripping the factory display out—as it’s a pretty unique shape and I am concerned it will look a little out of place. However, there’s a new solution for my situation, and it’s the perfect way to add CarPlay without replacing your existing stereo system. For the past few weeks, I’ve had the Car and Driver Intellidash Pro in my car, and it’s the perfect way to use your iPhone if your vehicle doesn’t include CarPlay.

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CarPlay Stories September 12, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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, 2021

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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