While some auto manufacturers were more than happy to put Apple’s in-car infotainment option, CarPlay, into their vehicles, some manufacturers weren’t too thrilled with the idea right away.
But it looks like all of that is changing. Toyota was one of the longest holdouts for CarPlay adoption and that company finally announced earlier this year it was supporting the feature moving forward. And now it appears that both Jaguar and Land Rover are going to start supporting Apple’s in-car system feature as well.
MacRumors is reporting on Wednesday that a spokesperson for the brands confirmed to the publication that CarPlay support is coming to all of its vehicles, both incoming models and existing units, that feature the InTouch Control Pro and Touch Pro Duo infotainment systems inside. The new models will gain a “smartphone connectivity package” that will offer support for Apple’s CarPlay and Google’s Android Auto. That package will apparently cost $280 or more depending on the model and trim package chosen.
(So, yes, Jaguar and Land Rover are charging more to add support for free features.)
Good news for current Jaguar and Land Rover owners that already have the aforementioned infotainment options in their vehicles:
“…the spokesperson confirmed a retroactive update with CarPlay and Android Auto functionality will soon be available at authorized dealerships in the United States.”
Unfortunately there is no date as to when all of this is actually happening. The spokesperson did say that the rollout, for both new vehicles and the retroactive upgrade for existing models, should be “imminent”, but wouldn’t offer up anything beyond that. Still, it’s good that another auto manufacturer is adding support for CarPlay.
Adding support is great. But forcing a cost of almost $300 or more on the customer is almost absurd. It’s not like the Jaguar or Land Rover models are inexpensive to begin with.