Automakers plan to offer aftermarket Apple CarPlay installations for older vehicles

“There have been a lot of mixed reviews of Apple’s CarPlay, a new feature that brings iOS into the car by displaying a customized interface for core iOS apps on in-car displays of select vehicles,” Jordan Kahn reports for 9to5Mac.

“A couple of the the common complaints you’ll be hearing about CarPlay: Its implementation varies from vehicle to vehicle as car makers use different touchscreen technology and varying approaches to meld CarPlay with their own in-car systems,” Kahn reports. “Another problem is that it’s so far only coming to a few new vehicles by the end of this year including a pricey new FF from Ferrari, a new C-Class from Mercedes-Benz, and the XC90 SUV from Volvo.”

Kahn reports, “That certainly didn’t make owners of last year’s C-Class model happy, but the good news is we’ve confirmed that at least some car makers are planning to offer aftermarket installations for older vehicles.”

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    1. If Apple’s smart, they’ll partner with an aftermarket deck maker so that it will work with your ’85 Volvo 240 wagon.

      And as for the carmakers offering aftermarket upgrades, yeah of course they will. It won’t be cheap.

      Then again, CarPlay won’t be cheap either, I’m guessing.

    2. Integrated navigation systems became available in automobiles over a decade ago. They cost $1500 and up and generally performed worse than a stand-alone Garmin or TomTom GPS unit that only cost $150-$300. The only reason that car makers sold as many embedded navigation systems as they did was because they bundled them with premium packages that included other, more highly desirable functions. And what happened when that embedded navigation system failed? The repair costs for automobile electronics is generally sky high. Stand-alone GPS units can easily be replaced or transferred from car to car, and the software and maps can be upgraded to fix bugs or incorporate new data.

      I believe that a dashboard mounting bracket and lightning power connector for an iPad Air or iPad mini retina would be a functional and far less expensive alternative to an integrated “CarPlay” solution. Ideally, the car would include a “home” button on the steering wheel to trigger Siri for hands-free operation. And you could take the iPad with you when you get out of your car and go into your home, hotel, etc.

  1. Show me the after market kit and I will show you the money! So, why have we heard nothing from those after market suppliers? I have a JBL system in my wife’s car. I will yank it out in a heart beat!!! I hate that thing and I get so tired of it wanting to know if I speak French or English every time I turn it on.

  2. All cars have changes from year to year. What a silly comment.

    The beauty of CarPlay is that auto makers can adapt it to their hardware. They’ll figure out quickly how people best like to use it and adapt accordingly.

  3. If Apple Carplay will fit in a dual DIN slot in the dash then it’ll be available on just about anything you want to drive. Some of the functions may be limited by the car’s hardware and systems, but I’ll bet Car Toys is installing it in most recently made vehicles within 12 months of its release.

  4. Got a screen already – check. Got an ipod/bluetooth/aux-in interface already – check. Just need an add-on touch overlay for the existing screen and a software update. Easy-peasy… so when can I pick mine up?

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