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Apple CarPlay – iPhone Truly Integrated Into Your Ride

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Available on select 2014 cars, the CarPlay integrates your iPhone and essentially projects the iOS interface with limitations onto your cars built-in display. You can get directions, make calls, send and receive messages, and listen to music with the goal of making your travels much safer.

Apple CarPlay Features.

Apple’s famous Siri voice plays a major part into the system allowing you to control most of the CarPlay features while keeping your eyes on the road.  You don’t have to fumble for your phone, the cars existing knobs, buttons, or touchscreen will allow you to do what you need to.

Voice: To activate Siri voice control, just press and hold the voice control button on the steering wheel.

Touch: If your CarPlay-equipped vehicle has a touchscreen, you can use it to control CarPlay.

Knobs and Controls: CarPlay also works with the knobs, dials, or buttons in the car. If it controls your screen, it controls CarPlay.

How it Works.

Apple iPhone 5, 5s or 5c that uses the company’s proprietary Lightning connector to the car’s USB port. CarPlay uses the center screen as a projector and bypasses the on board software allowing it to load faster and to also give the flexibility of updating CarPlay through the devices software basically alleviating those other outdated in-dash systems.

Apple CarPlay DashboardApple Maps.

Apple uses words such as “power” and “simplicity” when it comes to Apple Maps, complete turn-by-turn directions, traffic conditions, and estimated travel time. Even a prediction feature to predict where you “most likely” want to go using addresses from your email, text messages, contacts, and calendars. I don’t know about you guys, but that could get messy. As OCD as I am, I try to keep my email, text, etc. as cleaned up as possible. I hate clutter, so having partial information or no information at all I don’t know how useful the maps integration will be. Not to mention we all remember the Apple Maps FAIL when iOS 6 hit the streets. Moving away from Google maps there were a ton of issues, if you are not aware, check

Don’t get me wrong, the purpose of this article is to not bash Apple, I think it’s a great thing to integrate new technology and to give consumers an alternative. But I do feel Microsoft Sync and Google Maps will give Apple a run for their money when it comes to navigation.

Apple CarPlay Phone FeaturePhone Calls Using Siri.

When Siri first came out it literally made grown folks lose their minds. Asking Siri for some crazy things, me included and it always delivered no matter what you asked. Making calls, returning calls, and listening to voice mail is just a request away, just ask Siri.


Have your text messages dictated to you using Siri, send, read, and reply so you can keep your eyes on the road. I think this is a great feature but, I hope it isn’t like the Comcast transcribe feature it has for voicemail. I’m still a little pissed at the names it calls me and my wife when transcribing…haha.


I do like how iTunes arranges its music, easy to find and setting up playlists definitely makes it easier to find your library of music. Apple CarPlay continues with the iTunes theme and allows you to access your artists, songs, playlists, and iTunes Radio using your car’s built-in controls. Or just ask your friend Siri what you would like to listen to. CarPlay also supports additional audio apps to enjoy your podcasts, music, and radio. I think that’s a great move by Apple allowing other apps to integrate!


Speaking of integrating outside apps, here are a few listed as of now and more to come in the future: Podcasts, Beats Music, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher

Car Manufacturers On-Board.

Leading the trend in 2014 the following Manufacturers have stepped up to integrate this new technology: Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo

CarPlay 2014 Car ModelsAdditional models will be outfitted in the future from the following CarPlay committed partners: BMW Group, Chevrolet, Ford, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan, Opel, PSA Peugeot Citrogën, Subaru, Suzuki, Toyota

CarPlay Future Partners

Aftermarket Systems.

Apple says “soon” you will be able to integrate CarPlay into an aftermarket system with Alpine and Pioneer head units

CarPlay Alpine and Pioneer

Closing Thoughts.

Overall I think this is a great thing for the automotive industry. Regardless if you like Apple or not, this is an opportunity to create an alternative in the market so other companies cannot monopolize. It gives consumers an alternative to integrate different solutions into their new ride. What would be great is if the consumer can choose whether to integrate a Microsoft Sync, Apple CarPlay, etc. system. But I don’t think that will happen.

I’m not sure how the manufacturers will accommodate; it is going to be interesting to see this unfold. Are consumers now going to shop for cars based on what entertainment package the manufacturer has to offer? Is Ford going to have a “Apple” car and a “Microsoft” car to choose from? It’s too early to tell, as we get more information we will post a follow-up. Feel free to comment below if you have additional information or want to share your opinion.

An enthusiast, a Father, a Husband, and a U.S. Navy Veteran. The Creator of CarShowz a hobby gone mad and a passion for anything on wheels. Armed with a camera who knows where this journey will take me but, stay tuned, it's going to be an exciting ride!

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