What’s Good About Apple CarPlay?

According to Apple, CarPlay is the ultimate co-pilot. A smarter and a safer way to use your iPhone in the car. It takes everything want to do with your iPhone and puts them into your car’s built-in display. Sounds pretty amazing, right?

Functionality with CarPlay is a breeze and, alongside the soon-to-be-released new operating system iOS 10, it should, in theory, bring greater functionality. Making your ability to get directions, make calls, listen to music, send and receive messages easier whilst you, keep most of your focus where it should be… on the road.

Though by now you’re probably curious about what it actually does or what’s so special about it? Well, let us tell you…

Firstly, what is CarPlay?

The first thing you need to know about CarPlay is that it’s not an in-car system running on iOS. It’s a connectivity solution that uses the familiar iOS interface in the car’s infotainment system display, allowing you to select apps on screen or with your voice.

Once you plug your iPhone in a compatible car using a lightning cable it instantly brings up the user interface on the in-car screen.

Introducing The New Features…

CarPlay has been around for a while now, but here are a few the newest features expected to be released alongside iOS 10.

Apple Maps

With the new update, Apple Maps will now feature turn-by-turn navigation instructions, also anticipating traffic conditions and providing an ETA – like many navigation systems already available.


The well-known voice controlled assistant, Siri, will also be a new feature on CarPlay. It will allow you to find contact numbers, listen to voicemails and will even read your messages then  allow you to dictate responses, all hands-free or with less hassle.

With Siri, you’ll also be able to be access to iTunes or even third party apps like Spotify etc.

Aftermarket Solutions

If you’re not in a rush to replace your car anytime soon, you can still get your hands on CarPlay from companies such as Alpine, JBL, JVC, Kenwood and Pioneer which offer affordable ways to add CarPlay to your Car. Prices for these systems can range from £170 – £1,000.

Is My iPhone Compatible?

Only iPhone 5 and newer can run CarPlay. This includes the latest iPhone SE, 6S and 6S Plus. Unfortunately, iPads are not compatible with CarPlay functions.

Which Cars Support CarPlay?

The system is now available in over 100 different – 2016 onwards – vehicles. Including, Audi Q2, Ford Fiesta (2017), VW Golf (2016) and much more. For the full list of available models that support CarPlay click here.

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