There is every possibility that Apple will never develop a car from scratch; however, they are a significant game player in the automobile industry. Say Hello to the Apple CarPlay. This is not a new service by the company anyway, you probably just didn’t know about it. This is the arm of the company that deals with automobile infotainment.
In summary, this device is a product by Apple Inc, which gives you access to data from your iPhone, while you drive. It displays this on a bigger screen, with a larger icon. Hence, you are less distracted while you drive. To access files and data on your iPhone, you don’t need to touch your phone (was the CarPlay is activated). This is simply your iOS, right there in your dashboard.
What can the Apple CarPlay do?
In simple words, the CarPlay can basically do what your iPhone can do. You can use this software to get directions as you travel, you can make calls, you can send and receive texts, you can listen to music, and you can also listen to podcasts. Yes, you would ask that the system was supposed to reduce distraction, how are we then going to perform all these tasks without being distracted.
Well, the utility wouldn’t eliminate distraction totally, at least, you have to engage with it while driving. However, there is also the factor of Siri. Siri is Apple’s digital assistant, that can perform these functions for you. All you need to do is to talk to Siri, and you are good to go.
And if you would like to control things yourself, the screen is big enough, hence, larger icons.
You should note that you wouldn’t be able to use your iPhone when the CarPlay is connected, this is all part of the scheme of reducing distractions while you drive.
Can I Use WhatsApp?
Yes, you can use WhatsApp, and several other third-party apps, which include; iHeartRadio, Spotify, Pandora, Waze, Amazon Music, CBS Radio, Tidal, etc. You can even use Google Play and Google maps by Google.
Can my iPhone connect to this system?
You should note that not all iPhone versions will connect to the CarPlay. Once your iPhone is higher than iPhone 5, and with a minimum of the iOS 7.1 version, you can use the CarPlay. So, if it’s the old iPhone you have, you can buy a newer iPhone here.
CarPlay can be connected wirelessly to some cars, while others need a compatible USB cord (buy here).
What types of car is compatible with the Apple CarPlay
Well, we all know that Apple is luxury. However, there is surprisingly a wide range of car that supports the CarPlay system. Chevrolet Spark, Volvo, Honda, BMW, Ford, Porsche, Lamborghini, Toyota, and Lexus. All these support the CarPlay system. Hence, if you have a modern car by any of these brands (emphasis on “modern”), you should have your CarPlay installed. And of course, you need an iPhone. Sorry Android. Google also has its Android system, by the way.