CarPlay is an Apple offering that allows a car stereo unit to serve as both a display and a controller for an iOS device. It is a safer way to use your phone while you drive, and you can play music, search locations, and make calls on the move. If you’re using a car from a known brand, chances are it has CarPlay support. Because we want you to make the most of all the technology available to you, here are the best CarPlay apps for iPhones.
Apple has been offering an easier way to access information from your smartphone on your car’s center console via CarPlay, but the company has plans for more. To keep you updated with the directions and breaking news, the company could use information from the iPhone and display it on the car’s dashboard.
Apple had introduced wireless support for CarPlay with iOS 9. However, the adoption was very sluggish and only recently more car manufacturers are offering wireless Apple CarPlay. For some time, users have been complaining about issues with wireless CarPlay when used with iPhone 11. The issue seems rampant on Mini, however other models including Nissan and Honda are also affected.
With each passing year, cars are getting smarter, with bigger screens to match. Pioneer is among the most popular brands that make after-market car infotainment systems, and it has showcased three new receivers that feature wireless Apple CarPlay feature.
BMW is perhaps one of the very few manufacturers that charged annual fees for Apple CarPlay subscription. The German auto manufacturer used to charge $300 one-time fee or $80 subscription every year. Apparently this has not gone well with the consumers and BMW has now backtracked and started offering free CarPlay in some cars.
Thanks to technological advancement nearly all carmakers in today’s day and age offer an infotainment system. Unlike before people are switching to Apple Car Play or Android Auto instead of relying on the automaker’s infotainment software. BMW recently made it to the headlines after they started charging $80 per year for wireless Apple CarPlay, a feature that is offered for free by others.
While a lot of newer cars are arriving with Apple CarPlay support baked in, some older models have been left without. Even the automobiles that can technically run the software feature. Some manufacturers have gone back and upgraded older models. Some haven’t. Lexus appears to be on the right side of history on this one, at least for some 2018 models.
Toyota has not been the quickest auto manufacturer to adopt Apple CarPlay. But in early 2018 it did confirm certain 2019 models would finally support the in-car system. And now it’s retrofitting some older models to get support as well.
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.
Mazda has had a bit of a rollercoaster experience when it comes to supporting Apple’s in-car system, CarPlay.