Toyota has had a bit of a rough relationship with Apple’s in-car infotainment option, CarPlay, but it looks like things have been smoothed out.
Recently, Toyota has confirmed that it will officially support Apple CarPlay, beginning with the 2019 Avalon lineup. The announcement was made during the 2018 North American International Auto Show, which is held in Detroit, Michigan. Toyota is including CarPlay with its Entune 3.0 in-car system, and it will be available with plenty of other features, including Wi-Fi hotspot built right into the car.
There are some other noteworthy features in the 2019 Avalon series, for some models, including support for Amazon’s Alexa digital personal assistant, Qi wireless charging support (so the newer iPhones can be charged wirelessly), and a smartwatch app that will allow you to remotely lock and unlock your car.
What’s more, Toyota also confirmed that Apple CarPlay support will be available in all of the 2019 Avalon models.
As mentioned above, Toyota has not always been keen on supporting Apple CarPlay. The company was name dropped by Apple when the infotainment option was announced many years ago, but in 2015 Toyota backtracked on its plans to support it, saying that it would rather focus on its own infotainment option(s). It did say, however, that “eventually” it could have CarPlay support at some point in the future.
And then last year it was reported that Toyota, Ford, and many other auto manufacturers had formed a consortium to stem the tide of infotainment being ruled over by Apple (CarPlay) and Google’s Android Auto.
The 2019 Toyota Avalon will go on sale sometime in late spring of this year.
While Toyota a couple of years ago conceded that it would probably support CarPlay one day, it always felt like one of those situations where the company was trying just about everything it could not to support the infotainment option. That apparently didn’t work out, with all of the 2019 Avalon models welcoming support, and with other Toyota vehicles probably doing the same from this point on. Still, Toyota held out for a really long time.