WSJ reviews Apple CarPlay: Siri’s finally on the right road

“Siri, are we there yet?” “You should be there in about 25 minutes.”

“Siri, please play the top hits from 1990.”

“Also, Siri, text Dad and tell him I’ll be there soon.”

“I take back all — OK most — of the expletives I’ve ever hurled at Siri,” Joanna Stern writes for The Wall Street Journal. “Apple’s personal assistant has finally found a place in my life: riding shotgun.”

“For the last week, I have been testing Apple’s CarPlay in a 2016 Corvette Stingray,” Stern writes. “Plug your iPhone (5 or newer) into the car’s USB port and the center screen displays a stripped down yet familiar iOS interface. You can control your phone’s maps, music, messages and other street-legal features with taps or by pressing the steering wheel’s voice button, then talking to Siri.”

“CarPlay is undoubtedly the future of in-car technology. Siri, after years of rearing, is worthy of helming a system that makes car maker’s own dashboard controls feel like DOS,” Stern writes. “If I were in the market for a car now, I’d add CarPlay—and a speedometer that goes up to 200 mph—to the want list. For a week, my iPhone hid inside the Corvette’s armrest because Siri was so helpful.”

Read more in the full review here.

MacDailyNews Take: Note to vehicle makers: If you don’t have CarPlay, you’re off our list of potential buys.

Hands on with Apple’s CarPlay in the new Corvette – August 10, 2015
2016 Honda Accord delivers Apple CarPlay – July 24, 2015
GM to roll out Apple’s CarPlay across 14 Chevy models this year – May 27, 2015
Apple’s CarPlay success shows the power of having a long-term strategy – March 15, 2015
Apple’s real CarPlay: Cupertino doesn’t need to build cars in order to reinvent driving – February 28, 2015
Ford drops reputation-scorching Microsoft Sync, enables support for Apple’s sought-after CarPlay – December 12, 2014
Apple’s CarPlay looks like the future of in-car infotainment – April 13, 2014


  1. Question: does the car’s built-in USB port support charging using anything other than the ancient standard of 0.5 A?

    Was in two recent-model rental vehicles, neither had Carplay granted, but both of them had built-in USB ports tied into their music and phone/contact management system, but that USB port charged at a pathetically slow rate.

    I could have brought a 12V adapter that supports 1A and 2.1A charging, but it would make zero sense having to choose between Carplay vehicle’s USB with slow charge, or charge fast but no Carplay while doing it.

      1. Believe me, I remembered to clear the infotainment system of my info. There were several previous renters still in the system who weren’t as wise.

        My question though is geared for a future purchase though. I guess I’ll just have to bring my USB power meter along when I check out car features.

  2. This is great news. I have a Cadillac and the CUE system voice control is absolutely a wreck. It has a failure rate of taking commands nearing 90% I’d venture. My previous car, a 2012 Acura, was only marginally better. This is exactly what is wrong with the built-in nav systems. They should all give up on them and just use CarPlay.

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