A year after it initially promised, Hyundai will now enable support for Apple’s CarPlay feature on the 2016 variant of the Hyundai Sonata in the first quarter of 2016. The company had announced in April that it would be rolling out CarPlay support to the 2015 Sonata later this year.
While the company had earlier promised to offer the CarPlay support as a free update, it is no longer the case now. Instead, Hyundai now wants 2016 Sonata owners to buy an SD card that comes with the CarPlay software. The price of this SD card remains unknown for now.
“Hyundai and Apple are committed to delivering drivers the best possible experience while using CarPlay in their vehicles,” according to a statement from Hyundai. “We are currently working together to complete CarPlay integration.”
It is also unclear if Hyundai plans on adding CarPlay support to 2016 Sonata models sold outside the United States or not.
At the time of its original announcement, Hyundai had promised to add CarPlay support to the 2015 Sonata. However, today’s announcement from the company only talks about bringing CarPlay to the 2016 variant of the car. Thus, it is unclear as of now whether the 2015 Sonata will receive support for Apple’s CarPlay or not.
Hyundai already offers Android Auto integration in the Sonata at no additional cost.[Source Freep; Via MacRumors]