CarPlay Overview Updated March 18, 2022


A smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car

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CarPlay is an iOS feature that makes using your iPhone simpler and easier while in the car.

Here’s how Apple describes CarPlay:

Available on select cars, CarPlay is a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone in the car. CarPlay takes the things you want to do with your iPhone while driving and puts them right on your car’s built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music, all in a way that allows you to stay focused on the road. Just connect your iPhone and go.

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CarPlay Stories March 18

Some kind of new Porsche Apple partnership may be in the cards after the two companies held meetings to discuss “possible joint projects.”

Porsche CEO Oliver Blume revealed the meetings when announcing the company’s annual results …

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CarPlay Stories February 1

CarPlay is Apple’s popular in-car infotainment system that brings your iPhone apps and interface to your car’s display. It’s gone through multiple different design iterations over the years, the most recent of which features a dashboard, tile-based design to give you access to quite a bit of information at once.

As our colleagues at 9to5Google have reported, Google is testing a new version of its own Android Auto in-car system, and many of the new design elements may look familiar to long-time CarPlay users.

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CarPlay Stories January 17

Over the weekend, Polish developer Michał Gapiński shared a fascinating look at CarPlay running on his Tesla Model 3. The automaker doesn’t support CarPlay, so this workaround – with some major caveats – will certainly grab the attention of those who have been asking for the functionality for years.

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CarPlay Stories January 6

Alpine is out today at CES with its next-gen multimedia receivers for automobiles. The new 11 and 9-inch Halo Floating Touchscreen Receivers include support for wired and wireless CarPlay/Android Auto as well as compatibility with Lossless hi-res audio.

Update 1/6: Alpine has also announced new weather-resistant receivers for the Jeep Wrangler.

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CarPlay Stories November 26, 2021

CarPlay is Apple’s feature that brings communication and entertainment functions to the built-in screen in your car using iPhone apps. The feature appears on a lot of aftermarket displays and new cars that you can buy today.

As CarPlay support shows up from more manufacturers, we’re also seeing more developers enable CarPlay capabilities in their own apps. Once you install these apps on your iPhone, they appear on your CarPlay-enabled display when you connect your iPhone. Read on for the growing list of iPhone apps that support CarPlay. expand full story

CarPlay Stories October 12, 2021

Infiniti has announced that it is making wireless CarPlay available as a free upgrade to owners of a handful of different car models. The company announced today that owners of 2020 and up Q50, Q60, QX50, and QX80 models can now get wireless CarPlay added to their vehicles as a free upgrade…

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CarPlay Stories October 11, 2021

CarPlay has always been a temporary way for Apple to get its software into existing cars while they work on something far more innovative. Everyone under the sun knows that Apple is building its own car. When we will see the rumored “Project Titan” though, nobody knows. In the meantime, Apple appears to be expanding its efforts to integrate into more aspects of existing cars from other manufacturers. Bloomberg has reported on Apple’s plans to connect CarPlay with things like air conditioning, batteries, seats, and more. Here’s what we think CarPlay could look like with deeper car integration.

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CarPlay Stories September 26, 2021

CarPlay is becoming an essential part of using iOS. What started as something only in high-end aftermarket stereos has turned into the default for new cars. Unfortunately, my car from 2017 doesn’t have it, and I am not interested in completely ripping the factory display out—as it’s a pretty unique shape and I am concerned it will look a little out of place. However, there’s a new solution for my situation, and it’s the perfect way to add CarPlay without replacing your existing stereo system. For the past few weeks, I’ve had the Car and Driver Intellidash Pro in my car, and it’s the perfect way to use your iPhone if your vehicle doesn’t include CarPlay.

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CarPlay Stories September 20, 2021

A few years ago I purchased two new Hondas. My Civic came with Apple CarPlay, but the HR-V had a basic entertainment system so I upgraded its system with an Alpine unit with Wireless CarPlay. I really wanted Wireless CarPlay, but replacing my entertainment system was too disruptive.

Now there’s a solution for turning standard CarPlay into Wireless CarPlay, at least for some models, and it actually works!

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CarPlay Stories September 12, 2021

We’re almost at the end of the iOS 14 cycle but there’s a bug that still affects plenty of users on the current iPhone’s operating system. People across the internet have shared that when connecting the iPhone to their cars, sometimes they get an “Only one accessory can be used at a time” error.

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CarPlay Stories September 9, 2021

Microsoft is rolling out an update to its Microsoft Teams application with a focus on additional hybrid work improvements and CarPlay integration. With CarPlay integration, which is coming this month, you can now join Microsoft Teams meetings from your car.

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CarPlay Stories August 26, 2021

Electrify America is upgrading its mobile apps to work with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto infotainment systems starting today. The new feature helps electric vehicle drivers easily discover the nearest EA charging station, initiate and complete charging remotely, and view charging plan details.

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CarPlay Stories July 6, 2021

Sportsnet for iOS adds dedicated CarPlay app with live streaming and more

Popular Canadian sports network Sportsnet has officially launched official CarPlay support with its latest iOS update for live streaming of its stations as well show highlights.

CarPlay Stories June 8, 2021

Apple is upgrading the CarPlay experience with an update coming to the iPhone this fall. iOS 15 introduces new features for drivers, including Announce Messages with Siri, Driving Focus for handling notifications, new wallpapers for personalizing appearance, and even more.

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CarPlay Stories May 18, 2021

A widespread issue appears to be affecting CarPlay users running iOS 14.5.1. According to a report from Autoevolution, as well as multiple reports on Reddit and other forums, the Music app on CarPlay has started repeatedly crashing upon launch for some users.

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CarPlay Stories March 4, 2021

We’ve been fans of CarPlay at 9to5Mac since 2014, and I started riding motorcycles in my free time last summer. So it’s an understatement to say I was intrigued when news of a new model of Indian Motorcycle with Apple CarPlay crossed the wire.

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CarPlay Stories March 3, 2021

Spotify begins beta testing new endless playlist feature for CarPlay app

Spotify continues to test new features for its CarPlay app. With the new “Go to Song Radio” function, Spotify’s CarPlay users can create a long playlist of songs that are similar to the current song being played.

CarPlay Stories February 8, 2021

PlugShare is a highly rated service for easily finding charging stations for electric vehicles while traveling, and now the iPhone version works with Apple’s CarPlay feature. Apple introduced three new categories of apps for CarPlay in iOS 14: parking, EV charging, and quick food ordering.

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CarPlay Stories January 11, 2021

As CES 2021 kicks off this week, Pioneer Electronics has announced its newest in-dash receiver with support for CarPlay. The new DMH-WC5700NEX features support for both wireless and wired CarPlay, and will be available sometime this summer.

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CarPlay Stories December 8, 2020

The beta test of Waze CarPlay Dashboard mode was apparently successful, as the feature is now rolling out in a new update to the release version after just a couple of weeks of testing.

Dashboard mode means that you can see Waze directions on your CarPlay home screen, alongside audio controls, meaning less need to switch between screens, which is safer as well as more convenient …

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CarPlay Stories December 2, 2020

SpotHero digital parking service announces integration with Apple CarPlay

SpotHero, a digital parking service that connects drivers with parking lots and valet services, today announced a major update to its iOS app that brings support for Apple CarPlay.

CarPlay Stories December 1, 2020

Microsoft has announced a variety of changes to its Microsoft Teams application today, including integration with Apple CarPlay. Microsoft Teams is also adding new options for recording meetings, transferring calls, and more.

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CarPlay Stories November 17, 2020

CarPlay support comes to ChargePoint EV charging network

Apple users who don’t want to rely on the built-in charging station guidance in their electric vehicle (or their iPhone) now have the option of using Apple’s CarPlay for everything from navigation, starting a session, to joining a waitlist at ChargePoint EV stations.

CarPlay Stories August 19, 2020

Apple’s CarPlay platform is one of the best ways to bring the iPhone experience to your car’s infotainment system. A few years ago, Apple introduced wireless CarPlay, which allows you to forgo the Lightning cable, but adoption has been limited so far.

The CPLAY2air wireless CarPlay adapter aims to solve that problem by allowing you to seamlessly cut the CarPlay cord for a completely wireless experience. Head below for a hands-on video look at the CPLAY2air wireless adapter, which can transform your wired CarPlay experience to a wireless one with ease.

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