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Apple CarPlay: Key Features and 2017 Availability

Modern car buyers have come to seek out and depend on amenities that keep them suitably connected when they’re behind the wheel. The technology in this area changes from moment to moment, and one of the hottest new developments in this realm is Apple CarPlay.

People love their iPhones. According to information published by Statista, Apple has sold more than 590 million iPhones worldwide from 2007 when the phones were first launched to 2014. All those iPhone owners have an interest in seamlessly pairing their devices with their cars when they’re behind the wheel. That’s where Apple CarPlay comes in.

Apple CarPlay: Useful Features

(Hyundai Motor America)
(Hyundai Motor America)

Apple CarPlay allows you to connect your iPhone to your car, and it facilitates easy access to all the services provided by Apple. Managing your phone while driving can be a dangerous distraction if you’re handling the device directly. Apple CarPlay pairs your smartphone with your car so you can tap into its features and resources while keeping your focus safely planted on the road ahead.

The following iPhone models are compatible with Apple CarPlay: iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus.

Below are some of the features offered by this useful platform for smartphone mirroring.

Multiple Means of Access: If your vehicle is equipped with Apple CarPlay, you enjoy multiple ways of accessing the features you need. You can interface with the platform by using Siri voice control, and to do this, you simply need to press and hold the voice control button on your vehicle’s steering wheel. If your vehicle is equipped with a touch screen, you can use this interface to navigate through Apple CarPlay. Knobs, dials and buttons may also be used to guide CarPlay. If these controls govern your car’s display screen, they will govern Apple CarPlay.

Apple Maps for Navigation: Navigation systems can be costly options. With Apple CarPlay, you can easily and inexpensively use your iPhone for route guidance. CarPlay can use addresses from texts, emails and contacts to predict likely destinations, and it can locate gas stations and restaurants along your chosen route. If you need to take a detour, CarPlay is sophisticated enough to provide you with a reasonable guess regarding how long the detour will take.

Phone Services: You can make calls or return missed calls via Apple CarPlay, using the contacts on your iPhone. You can also listen to voicemails while on the road. All these features can be accessed using Siri voice control, which means you never have to take your hands off the wheel.

Text Messaging: It’s not safe to read or type texts while driving. With Apple CarPlay, managing texts becomes a matter of listening and dictating. Siri can read incoming texts so you can access information in a timely manner without taking your gaze from the road. If you need to send a response, you can dictate your message to Siri, and the text will be sent without the need to tap keys or push buttons.

Music: CarPlay allows you to access your entire iTunes library from your car. There’s no need to scroll through endless menus to find the song you want to hear. With CarPlay, if you want to listen to a song, all you need to do is share your selection with Siri. It’s a simple, hands-free way to access the music you want.

Wide-Ranging App Support: CarPlay supports a broad assortment of apps. Whether you’re interested in listening to music on Spotify or Pandora or hearing the best of public radio on NPR One, CarPlay allows you to quickly and easily tap these resources. You can even arrange the order in which your apps appear on CarPlay via your iPhone.

2017 Cars That Support Apple CarPlay

A number of automakers offered Apple CarPlay for 2016. For 2017, the following models are available with Apple CarPlay:

Acura:

Acura NSX

Audi:

Audi A3Audi A4, Audi A4 Allroad, Audi A5Audi Q7Audi TT

Bentley:

Bentley Bentayga

BMW:

BMW 2 Series, BMW 3 SeriesBMW 4 SeriesBMW 5 Series, BMW 6 Series, BMW 7 SeriesBMW X3BMW X4BMW X5, BMW X6

Buick:

Buick Encore, Buick Envision, Buick LaCrosseBuick Regal

Cadillac:

Cadillac ATS, Cadillac ATS-V, Cadillac CTSCadillac CTS-VCadillac CT6Cadillac Escalade, Cadillac XTS, Cadillac XT5

Chevrolet:

Chevrolet BoltChevrolet CamaroChevrolet ColoradoChevrolet CorvetteChevrolet CruzeChevrolet ImpalaChevrolet MalibuChevrolet SilveradoChevrolet Silverado HDChevrolet Sonic, Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet SuburbanChevrolet TahoeChevrolet TraxChevrolet Volt

Chrysler:

Chrysler 300

Dodge:

Dodge ChallengerDodge Charger

Ferrari:

Ferrari 488 GTB, Ferrari 488 Spider, Ferrari California T, Ferrari F12 Berlinetta, Ferrari F12 tdf, Ferrari FF, Ferrari GTC 4Lusso

Ford:

Ford C-MaxFord EdgeFord EscapeFord ExpeditionFord ExplorerFord F-150Ford FiestaFord FlexFord FocusFord FusionFord Mustang, Ford Super Duty, Ford Taurus, Ford Transit, Ford Transit Connect

Genesis:

Genesis G80

GMC:

GMC AcadiaGMC CanyonGMC SierraGMC Sierra HDGMC YukonGMC Yukon XL

Honda:

Honda AccordHonda CivicHonda Ridgeline

Hyundai:

Hyundai AzeraHyundai Elantra, Hyundai Ioniq, Hyundai Santa FeHyundai Santa Fe SportHyundai SonataHyundai TucsonHyundai Veloster

Kia:

Kia Cadenza, Kia ForteKia OptimaKia SedonaKia SorentoKia SoulKia Sportage

Lamborghini:

Lamborghini Centenario

Lincoln:

Lincoln ContinentalLincoln MKC, Lincoln MKT, Lincoln MKXLincoln MKZLincoln Navigator

Mercedes-Benz:

Mercedes-Benz B-Class, Mercedes-Benz CLA, Mercedes-Benz CLS, Mercedes-Benz E-ClassMercedes-Benz GLA, Mercedes-Benz GLE, Mercedes-Benz GLS, Mercedes-Benz SL, Mercedes-Benz SLC

Mitsubishi:

Mitsubishi Mirage, Mitsubishi Mirage G4Mitsubishi Outlander

Nissan:

Nissan Maxima

Porsche:

Porsche 718 BoxsterPorsche 718 CaymanPorsche 911, Porsche Panamera, Porsche Macan, Porsche Cayenne

Subaru:

Subaru Impreza

Volkswagen:

Volkswagen AlltrackVolkswagen BeetleVolkswagen CC, Volkswagen e-Golf, Volkswagen GolfVolkswagen Golf R, Volkswagen Golf SportWagen, Volkswagen GTIVolkswagen JettaVolkswagen Passat, Volkswagen Tiguan

Volvo:

Volvo S90, Volvo V90 Cross Country, Volvo XC90

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