CarPlay Overview Updated March 31, 2020


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

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June 2013 - March 2020

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:

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Best aftermarket CarPlay options:

CarPlay Stories March 31

A few years ago my wife and I purchased two new Hondas. My Civic came with Apple CarPlay, but her HR-V had a basic entertainment system. We were both used to driving with CarPlay by then, so we upgraded her 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 March 5

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.

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CarPlay Stories January 22

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…

CarPlay Stories January 9

Pioneer was first to bring Apple CarPlay to aftermarket receivers over five years ago. The electronics company is shipping a major upgrade to its NEX in-dash receivers in 2020. Newly announced Pioneer receivers will best most of the standard CarPlay receivers included in new cars today.

Pioneer has one model in particular that I’m anticipating the most: DMH-WT8600NEX. This is their new state-of-the-art 10.1-inch floating receiver with Wireless CarPlay.

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CarPlay Stories January 7

Alpine has debuted its latest CarPlay receiver at CES that features a massive screen as large as an iPad Pro. The new Alpine Halo 11 iLX-F411 features 49% more real estate with its capacitive touch screen than the 9-inch Halo.

Alpine has also debuted the first weather-resistant 9-inch CarPlay receiver designed for the recent Jeep Wrangler and Jeep Gladiator models.

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CarPlay Stories January 1

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

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