Items tagged with CarPlay

Apple is no stranger to removing ports from its devices. On the MacBook side, the company killed off MagSafe, HDMI, and SD card readers (among other things) in an effort "simplify" things. Even the iPhone has not escaped the scalpel, as caught a lot of heat when it removed the 3.5mm headphone jack starting with the iPhone 7 in 2016. Now a new report coming from analyst Ming-Chi Kuo indicates that Apple is on the path to removing another well-used (and incredibly important) port from the iPhone. According to Kuo, Apple will remove the Lightning port from the iPhone starting in 2021. Now before you jump to the conclusion that Apple is dropping the Lightning port in favor of USB-C, we must stop... Read more...
Roughly 18 months ago, we first brought you news that BMW would start charging an $80/month yearly subscription fee for CarPlay access starting with 2019 model year vehicles. Needless to say, the backlash from tech enthusiasts and BMW owners was swift, as CarPlay and Android Auto access are usually provided as standard equipment on relatively affordable vehicles from the likes of Hyundai and Kia. BMW didn't back down from its decision, and the company's ridiculous move fell off the radar screen for a while. That was until late last month when BMW’s CarPlay powerplay once again drifted into the news after the policy first went into effect -- and it again drew outrage. This time... Read more...
BMW is well known for nickel and diming customers with outrageously priced option packages. However, BMW's latest boondoggle could be one of its most egregious acts yet -- starting next year, it will begin charging a subscription fee to access Apple CarPlay. Yes, you heard that correctly. Don Smith, technology product manager for BMW North America, told The Verge that the German auto giant will charge $80 per year to access CarPlay. To help soften the blow somewhat, the company says that the first year of access will be provided for free. BMW currently charges a flat $300 option fee to enable CarPlay support on 2017+ model year automobiles. To make matters worse, BMW's reasoning for switching... Read more...
If you own a 2016 Ford car or truck, some new smartphone/infotainment goodness is now coming your way. The American auto giant today announced its SYNC 3 version 2.2 software, which enables both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for all 2016 model year vehicles. So, if you own a lowly Fiesta subcompact or a highfalutin F-150 King Ranch pavement pounder (or anything in between), you’re covered. Getting SYNC 3 v2.2 is quite simple, and you have one of three ways to perform the update. If your vehicle is Wi-Fi-enabled, you can perform an over-the-air (OTA) update from within the vehicle to upgrade to the latest version of SYNC 3 (using the Automatic System Updates feature). Alternatively, you can download... Read more...
Ford has announced some pretty big news for its 2017 vehicle lineup. Earlier in the year, the Dearborn, Michigan-based company announced that Android Auto and CarPlay would be coming to all of its 2017 model year vehicles equipped with SYNC 3. Today, Ford expanded on that previous announcement to state that all of its 2017 model year vehicles will support SYNC 3, Android Auto, and CarPlay. That means each and every 2017 model year car, light truck, and SUV will be able to support the latest smartphone-based infotainment solutions from Google and Apple. Customers who don’t want to take advantage of the fully-integrated solutions from the top smartphone OS makers can also choose to add apps directly... Read more...
The big reveals from Apple yesterday included a smaller size iPhone with modern guts (iPhone SE) and a shrunken iPad Pro with a 9.7-inch display, down from the original's 12.9-inch panel. These devices don't really bring anything new to the table, though iOS 9.3 does, which is now available to download and install. Unlike the underwhelming hardware announcements, iOS 9.3 is actually a rather interesting release, especially considering it's only an incremental update. Be that as it may, it brings some clever new features to the table, including Night Shift, which alters the color temperature of your iOS device's display to remove blue light. What's the point? "Many studies have shown that exposure... Read more...
Long gone are the days when a tape deck and digital display constituted a fancy in-car stereo system. In today's connected world, dashboard entertainment is becoming ever more sophisticated and convenient, a fact that's highlighted by Ford expanding its SYNC connectivity system to include support for Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, 4G LTE, and several new AppLink apps. In North America, each and every 2017 Ford vehicle equipped with SYNC 3 is getting support for CarPlay and Android Auto, starting with the new Ford Escape. Support will also come for owners of 2016 model Ford cars equipped with SYNC 3, though the opportunity to upgrade will arrive sometime "later in the year," Ford says. "SYNC allows... Read more...
After initially promising that Apple CarPlay support would be made available in 2015 model year Sonata (which started arriving on dealer lots in late 2014), Hyundai failed to deliver. We’re now coming up on the closing days of 2015 and the CarPlay update is still nowhere to be found. So what the heck is going? Well, apparently the update has turned out to be a bigger endeavor for Hyundai, and the South Korean car company is now promising that it will make the updates available during Q1 2016, one year after it was originally planned. "Hyundai and Apple are committed to delivering drivers the best possible experience while using CarPlay in their vehicles," said Hyundai in a statement. "We are... Read more...
Volkswagen is taking a kitchen sink approach to in-car infotainment technology for its new vehicles. All 2016 VWs will include both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay so customers can have a solid experience regardless of their smartphone brand. Android Auto“With the new MIB II infotainment platform, Volkswagen’s next generation of Car-Net connected services brings to market one of the most comprehensive suites of connectivity features ever available in an automobile,” said Volkswagen of America president and CEO Michael Horn. “As the people car brand, we knew that it was important to democratize these technologies across the Volkswagen line-up, with features like App-Connect ensuring that more consumers... Read more...
In late May, Hyundai became the first automaker to officially support Android Auto with a software update to its 2015 (and newer) Sonata midsize sedans. At the time, Hyundai said that it would add support for Apple CarPlay at a later date. This week, however, Honda announced that is refreshed 2016 Honda Accord, a direct competition for the Sonata, is debuting with both Android Auto and CarPlay support fresh out of the box. CarPlay requires iOS 7.1 or higher, while Android Auto requires Android 5.0 Lollipop or higher. Both allow you to mirror functions from your smartphone like texting, navigation, and streaming audio playback (that would otherwise take your eyes too far off the road) to your... Read more...
Tech giants like Apple and Google are making a big play to take over your car’s dashboard. Their respective CarPlay and Android Auto platforms allow you to connect your smartphone via a USB cable (or wirelessly in future implementations of CarPlay) and mirror functionality to your vehicle’s center-mounted display. Phone, texting, audio streaming, and navigation functionality is all made accessible through the touch screen in a format that supposedly cuts down on distracted driving, making the roads safer for us all. As we find ourselves becoming part of an increasingly connected world, it was only a matter of time before our vehicles started becoming an extension of the smartphones that we carry... Read more...
Fully baked-in Android Auto support is officially kicking off today with Hyundai’s mainstream Sonata midsize sedan (third-party head units began supporting Android Auto earlier this year). Drivers of 2015 or newer Sonatas can take their vehicles to their nearest dealership to have their existing infotainment system updates to support Android Auto. If you prefer to perform the update yourself rather than step foot into a Hyundai service bay, customers will be able to perform the update on their own later this summer (presumably via a USB stick). There are a couple of prerequisites, however, before you can take advantage of Android Auto on your Sonata. For starters, the Sonata has to be equipped... Read more...
When you fire up your iPhone, iPad, and/or iPod touch today, you may be greeted with a message letting you know there's an update to iOS available. That's because Apple completed its beta testing of iOS 8.3 and has begun rolling out the final version this week, which among other things contains a boatload of new emoji characters. It seems Apple put a lot of thought and effort into its emoji implementation. Not only are there new ones to choose from, but they're now organized into categories that you can scroll through. They're also more diverse, though if you find a specific one that doesn't look the way you want to it, you can adjust its skin tone. Outside of people emoji... Read more...
Google is engrossed with self-driving cars and Apple has reportedly assembled a super team of engineers to build an electric vehicle to take on Tesla. Whether or not either venture makes it into the mainstream is something we won't know for at least several more years, but in the meantime, both companies are also jockeying for dominance in the in-car dash market. As in-car electronics become more sophisticated and connected with our mobile devices, there's definitely a growing market for platforms like Google's Android Auto and Apple's CarPlay. And as each company makes its respective pitch, expect more and more dealerships around the country to begin offering these platforms, either as standard... Read more...
It looks like Tesla Motors isn’t the only company in the electric car industry to notice the occasional employee slipping over to Apple. A123 Systems, which makes batteries for a variety of applications, including electric cars, has had it up to here with its PhDs jumping ship and recently filed a lawsuit against Apple and some former employees.A123 Systems claims that its engineers are being poached by Apple and are breaking employment agreements when they go. “Apple is currently developing a large-scale battery division to compete in the very same field as A123,” the lawsuit alleges, reports Reuters. The lawsuit may shed some light on the debate surrounding Apple’s somewhat-secret interest... Read more...
Over the past week, rumors have persisted that Apple is preparing to enter the auto manufacturing business. This speculation was first fueled by the appearance of Chrysler minivans dotting the country that are registered to Apple, Inc. The Wall Street Journal took things a bit further, reporting that Apple has been hiring former, high-level auto industry employees, and has roughly 100 people working on an electric vehicle under the codename “Titan.” Needless to say, many folks in the auto industry are rightly skeptical of a new entry from Apple. Breaking into the auto market is not exactly easy, and building a fully functional, crash tested, and consumer-ready electric vehicle complete with a... Read more...
Days ago, we wrote about a rumor that Apple will unveil some sort of “smart home” system at its upcoming WWDC, and now there’s more grist for the rumor mill: There’s a Smart Home remote coming. According to CNET, a PR person for a universal remote app sent out a message that let slip “Next week Apple will be announcing its iPhone Smart Home remote which will be available sometime in the future." There’s no reason to have a Smart Home Remote if there’s no Smart Home to control, so it would seem that the first rumor is true. Whether that’s an app on the iPhone or a standalone device remains to be seen. The connected car a harbinger for the connected... Read more...
Apple’s CarPlay looks to be one of the more innovative products that the company has created since the passing of Steve Jobs, and although it’s likely that we’ll see new cars on the lot with CarPlay technology built in yet this year, Pioneer is offering an aftermarket CarPlay product that you can pop into the car that you already own. The in-dash multimedia system will be available this summer on Pioneer’s NEX receivers via a firmware update and should offer all the features promised by any Apple CarPlay system. “Pioneer’s years of expertise integrating smartphone connectivity into the automotive environment has provided us the opportunity to be among the first... Read more...
Apple has released an update to its latest mobile OS with iOS 7.1, and among the bug fixes and miscellaneous tweaks, there’s a big new feature with CarPlay. CarPlay allows you to connect your iPhone to your vehicle in a powerful way, most notably by bringing up a variety of apps and tools from your iPhone to the car’s built-in display. You can control CarPlay with Siri voice commands, use the vehicle’s touch display, and even use the car’s own knobs and other controls. That means that maps and driving directions, calls, messaging, and music can all be seamlessly run from your iPhone to your car. Some apps that will work with CarPlay right off the bat include Podcasts,... Read more...
As previously rumored, the folks at Apple are joining forces with a whole bunch of automobile makers to implement and roll out the company's CarPlay technology. What is CarPlay? According to Apple, it's the "smarter, safer, and more fun way to use iPhone in the car," though if you're looking for a less vague description, it's essentially a way to sync the iPhone's functionality with a car's native interface. Using CarPlay, drivers can make calls, use Maps, listen to music, and access music with a spoken word or touch -- just press and hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri without having to fumble around for your iPhone. "CarPlay has been designed from the ground... Read more...