Vehicle makers add Apple CarPlay support

“With the door to 2017 firmly closed, as we look back at Apple CarPlay over the past year, I think we can all agree it has ‘slowly’ continued to evolve,” CarPlay Life writes.

“The highlights in 2017 included the first wireless CarPlay stereo receiver from Alpine, which after much delay, finally released in July. The first factory vehicle with wireless CarPlay support also rolled out of BMW’s showroom,” CarPlay Life writes. “A small number of manufacturers yet to feature CarPlay jumped onboard with their first Apple CarPlay supported vehicles, along with the first CarPlay-enabled motorcycle from Honda.”

“Those stuck with a single-DIN where happy in 2017 when Pioneer announced the first single-DIN receiver with CarPlay support. Apple continued to evolve their iOS software with the release of iOS 11, which brought speed limits and lane guidance features in its Maps app and badge notifications on apps in the side dock,” CarPlay Life writes. “Looking back though, CarPlay hasn’t taken the leap we all wish from Apple’s in-car platform. In 2018 however, I hope this year will be a better year for Apple CarPlay. What could Apple improve CarPlay in 2018? Let’s look into our crystal ball…”

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MacDailyNews Take: More, please!

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[Attribution: Computerworld. Thanks to MacDailyNews Reader “Fred Mertz” for the heads up.]


  1. VW AG (VW, Audi, Porsche, Bentley, Bugatti, Lamborghini, etc) had wireless CarPlay ready to show at the CES well before BMW, but at the last minute Apple told them to hold up. Still wondering if they had some deal with the Ultimate Hype Machine ®™ Bayerische Motoren Werke AG that made them want to hold up VW.

  2. Don’t forget that almost ever car maker on the planet has signed up to be part of Ford’s SmartDeciceLink consortium.

    While Ford makes it sound like it is doing this to make connectivity easier, it also puts a barrier in place where Apple and android CSR solutions won’t work without playing ball with the consortium. This means the car makers can control which mobile apps can display on a car’s screen!!

    The one good thing I see from this is a standard way for mobile apps to access car stats if the car makers allow that. The rest of it smells of desperation by the car makers to charge thousands for a “smart” solution instead of what we really need which is a dumb screen for $100 that I can use to display my mobile device apps…

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