CarPlay Frequently Asked Questions
Our iOS devices, especially iPhones, spend a lot of time in the car with us. Whether it because we using them to make calls, get directions, listen to music or podcasts, or use apps (only when we not driving, of course), iOS devices are common travelling companions and are rapidly becoming a regular part of driving.
CarPlay (formerly known a iOS in the Car), is a feature of the iOS operating system for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad is designed to integrate those devices even more tightly with our cars. Here what you need to know about it.
Relatively few specific details about that have been released, but a few third party apps have been announced as supported, including Beats Music, Stitcher, Spotify, and iheartradio.
Does it require an iOS device?
Yes. In order to use CarPlay, you’ll need an iPhone 5 or newer (the feature also requires a Lightning connector).
What version of the iOS does it require?
CarPlay is a new feature introduced with iOS 7, so it’s safe to assume you’ll need iOS 7 or higher to use it. It hasn’t been enabled in iOS 7 as of this writing (March 2014), so expect it to arrive in an update.
Just having an iPhone 5 or newer running iOS 7 or higher isn’t enough. You’ll also need a car that has an in dashboard display and that supports CarPlay. It seems likely that CarPlay will be standard on some models and an option on others, so you’ll have to make sure the car you want to use it in has the feature enabled.
What car companies support it?
As of its June 2013 announcement, Acura, Chevrolet, Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Kia, Mercedes Benz, Nissan, Opel, and Volvo have announced support for iOS in the Car.
The first companies that will sell cars with CarPlay will be Ferrari, Mercedes Benz and Volvo. Those models will go on sale in 2014. Honda, Hyundai, and Jaguar will follow later this year.
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