NHL iOS App Adds CarPlay Support Ahead of 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs

In one week, on Wednesday, April 10, the 2019 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs will kick off. Leading up to that big day, the official NHL iOS app has been updated to prepare, including adding CarPlay support so you won’t miss any of the action.

This week, the NHL iOS app was officially updated to 10.3.0. As noted in the changelog, the update is meant specifically to prepare for the incoming 2019 Stanley Cup Playoffs, which, as mentioned above, start next week. The biggest new addition to the app is CarPlay support, which, frankly, has been an overdue addition for quite some time. Now, in supported automobiles, NHL fans will be able to listen to the games they want to tune into more easily.

There are some other tweaks to the formula, which you can see in the changelog below:

    We’re getting ready for the 2019 NHL® Stanley Cup Playoffs. Here’s what’s new in the latest release:

  • Introducing Apple CarPlay! In compatible vehicles you’ll be able to listen to your favorite team’s games on the go
  • On team pages, we moved pregame and postgame ticket, video, and article links higher up in the scoreboard view
  • We’ve fixed a bug that prohibited users on newer iPhone X models from changing their App icon to their favorite team’s logo
  • Other various bug fixes and performance enhancements

The NHL iOS app is a free download, but it does offer in-app purchases, including access to NHL.tv to watch out-of-market games (and games that aren’t nationally televised). However, it is worth noting that once the Stanley Cup Playoffs actually start, the majority (if not all) of the games will be nationally broadcast on NBC channels, including NBC Sports, so just be aware of that if you do plan on watching games.

You can find a link to download the NHL app, now with CarPlay support, below.

When it comes to the NHL and Apple, the two have a pretty kosher relationship. The company has tapped the hockey league to promote its “Shot on iPhone” marketing effort, with some pretty great results. And the league recently picked up brand new iPad Pro units, with a new custom app, to keep behind the benches.

Our Take

CarPlay support is a welcomed addition, and while this is probably a feature that should have been included for quite a while now, it’s better late than never. Especially in time for this year’s Playoffs, which will definitely be fun to watch.

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[via MacRumors]