Chances are the next new car you buy could support your iPhone in a big way. According to Apple, over 100 vehicle models now support the company’s smartphone casting technology known as Apple CarPlay. But what is Apple CarPlay, exactly, and how will it affect your dashboard experience in the future?
While tech like smartphones typically have a rapid production cycle which involves new models being released every one or two years, new car models come out much less frequently. Today a completely new car model is released only every 4-6 years, with a refresh often occurring mid-cycle. This means the brand new car you buy today most likely has an information system that is already outdated. Enter Apple CarPlay.
Car makers are not able to exchange the outdated information system for a display system that interfaces seamlessly with your iPhone. To be clear, CarPlay does not run an IOS system or IOS apps. It’s simply a connectivity solution with an IOS interface that allows you to control your iPhone apps via your dashboard or with your voice.
The in-car screen showcases your iPhone after a connection is made via a Lightning Cable. Apple explains that it is much safer and easier than fooling around with your iPhone while driving, enabling you to keep your eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
For those who aren’t in a big hurry to run out and buy a new car but still want to enjoy the benefits that Apple CarPlay has to offer, fret not. There are several after-market options currently available, like the JBL Legend CP100, that will affordably add CarPlay to your current vehicle.
However, it’s important to note that only iPhone 5 and above can run CarPlay, and the iPad does not currently support it at all. To find out more about supported devices or to keep up with Apply CarPlay’s latest news, click here.