Apple CarPlay is continuously becoming more successful than ever. Experts claim this could be a sign that the company will now focus on its EV.
Apple’s popular CarPlay is now becoming more successful than ever. This car software was previously introduced by the tech giant manufacturer back in 2014. The giant iPhone maker decided to integrate it into its popular smartphone.
On the other hand, Apple also made it compatible with a car dashboard. In the early 2010s, automotive manufacturers and their suppliers were excited about building sophisticated apps for car dashboards that went beyond a CD player and a tiny LED screen.
Various carmakers also partnered with Apple, Microsoft, and other giant tech companies to come up with services for maps, music, and on-road assistance, often bundled into an upgrade package. They entered into large consortiums to create industry standards to connect smartphones to cars.
And now, Apple’s popular CarPlay is supported by 80% of new cars shipped across the globe, as claimed by the tech giant manufacturer. That works out to about 600 new models, including cars from Volkswagen, BMW, and Chrysler. Toyota, one of the longest holdouts, started including CarPlay in 2019 models.
On the other hand, many electric car and normal vehicle owners claimed that Apple’s CarPlay is one of the most useful features they could receive. Twenty-three percent of new car buyers in the U.S. say they “must-have” CarPlay and 56% percent are “interested” in having CarPlay when buying a new vehicle, according to a 2017 Strategy Analytics study.
To give you more idea, here’s how Apple’s popular CarPlay software works.
CarPlay’s Major Details
As of the moment, the iPhone maker’s popular car system is supported by around 600 models. However, if your vehicle is an older model, this means that you need to use third-party systems since there’s a high chance that you will not be able to use the rising CarPlay.
When it comes to connection, CarPlay’s wireless feature is only available to some car brands such as Audi, BMW, and Mercedes. However, you can still use this system using a cord.
If you have a compatible car and want to connect the system wirelessly, get your phone ready. Look for “Settings” > “General” > “CarPlay.” You’ll need to add the car as one of your known devices so that eventually the car automatically comes up on your list of “My cars.”
To add the car for the first time, turn your Bluetooth toggle off and on and then look for the car to add as one of your connected devices. To set it up initially, look in “Other Devices” at the bottom. Select the car and follow any pairing instructions that pop up.
On the other hand, if you prefer using a USB cable, all you need to do is connect your iPhone and then plug it into your car’s display. Once you do this, your CarPlay system’s interface will automatically load on the screen.