Apple Carplay Explained
Updated 1 year 3 months ago
Apple CarPlay is designed to display your phone screen on your car's navigation screen and allow the driver access and control apps in the Apple iOS. CarPlay is controlled using your in-car controls or Siri’s voice commands. The user can play music, navigate to your destination, make phone-calls and read or send text messages without being distracted from the road. Car features such as clock, seats, accessories can not be controlled via the Apple CarPlay.
What is Apple CarPlay?
Apple CarPlay essentially takes your phone’s iOS and displays it on your car’s dashboard. It allows drivers to use their iPhone and car at the same time using the dashboard screen, steering wheel buttons or Siri’s voice activated controls.
Apple CarPlay is a great, simple and safe way to use your iPhone’s feature while being in a car.
Apple CarPlay is readily available; plug an iPhone into your vehicle using a lightning cable or connect your iPhone wirelessly through Bluetooth (if supported). Once the iPhone is attached to the car, the iPhone screen is instantly cast onto the car’s dashboard. All of the iPhone’s features are offered; make calls, send/receive messages, listen to music or follow a map – all while staying focused on the road.Back to top
Advantages of Apple CarPlay
Siri can be activated by pressing and holding the voice control button on the steering wheel. Siri is your car’s assistant and can trigger a variety of apps and functions from your iPhone.
CarPlay can also be accessed through knobs, dials or button in your car. If it controls your dashboard, it will control CarPlay as well.
CarPlay allows you to access Apple Maps straight from your dashboard. CarPlay allows you to access your addresses, emails, contacts, calendars and text messages. You can easily search for nearby gas stations, restaurants, movie theatres and coffee shops by simply asking Siri. Apple Maps even update detours for constructions and road closings.
Making and returning phone calls or listening to voice messages is easy, safe and legal while using CarPlay. Simply ask Siri who will happily oblige.
You never have to take your eyes off the road thanks to Siri. Siri can read and write texts for you while you dictate the message through the voice command system. CarPlay even plays audio text messages through your car speakers.
All of your favorite music and podcasts carry over to CarPlay using your car’s built-in controls. Search by artist, album or song and see what’s playing next. Siri is your guide to making sure your cruising down the road to your favorite songs.Back to top
Apple Carplay Apps
Several third-party apps are accessible through CarPlay. Available third-party apps are audio-focused and non-visual to avoid distractions from the driver. All of the content is played through the car’s speakers to keep the driver focused on the road.
Third-party apps appear on the CarPlay display if it’s installed on the user’s iPhone. If you listen to Spotify regularly for example and have the Spotify app installed on your phone, it will become available via the CarPlay interface.
There are a limited number of apps that are compatible with CarPlay due to its audio-focused capabilities.Back to top
List of available CarPlay Apps
Third-party apps are available through CarPlay. Like: Pandora, Spotify, CBS Radio, Audiobooksand and iHeartRadio. This is a list of some of the most popular CarPlay apps.
- NPR One
- MLB at Bat
- Amazon Audible
- Amazon Music
- CBS Radio News
- Castro Podcast Player
- Dash Radio
- Digital Concert Hall
- Free Audiobooks
- Google Play Music
- Orange Radio
- Overcast: Podcast Player
- Radio Deejay
- Radio Disney
- Slacker Radio
- Stitcher Radio for Podcasts
- TuneIn Radio
Other apps such as Waze can not be controlled directly from the Apple CarPlay. One work around is to launch the apps before you connect the phone to your car and allow the apps to run on the background.Back to top
Frequently Asked Questions
Will my iPhone work with CarPlay?
CarPlay is exclusive to the iPhone and only iPhone 5 and newer devices can run CarPlay. The following models are compatible for CarPlay.
- iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5s, iPhone SE
- iPhone 6, iPhone 6 plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus
- iPhone 7, iPhone 7 plus
Which cars support Apple CarPlay?
There are currently over 40 auto brands and more than 200 models that feature CarPlay.
Apple CarPlay aftermarket solutions?
Apple CarPlay aftermarket solutions are available through the following companies: Alpine, JBL, JVC, Kenwood and Pioneer
How do you control Apple CarPlay?
There are 3 ways to use Apple CarPlay:
- Use your car’s knobs and dials
You car’s knobs, dials and buttons are all seamlessly integrated into CarPlay and can be used for a variety of tasks with Apple CarPlay.
- Control CarPlay using Siri
The driver can use Siri as your CarPlay assistant. Simply press and hold the voice command button and Siri will help with all of your in-car needs.
- Use a touchscreen display
The most straightforward way to use CarPlay is the touch screen dashboard system used by CarPlay. Simply press the corresponding button to perform the task.
Wireless Apple Carplay
Wireless CarPlay allows you to connect your phone to your car without using a cable. The data is transferred from your iPhone to your car using Bluetooth and WiFi. Bluetooth alone isn’t capable of transporting a large amount of data. For example, video requires a higher data transfer rate which is only available through WiFi services.
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