Apple introduces CarPlay

Apple on Monday introduced CarPlay, a new way to use the iPhone in your car. CarPlay allows the user to access Maps, Messages, Music, and make phone calls with a touch of the screen in your car. You can even press the voice button in your car to activate Siri.

“CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing. “iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction. We have an amazing lineup of auto partners rolling out CarPlay, and we’re thrilled it will make its debut this week in Geneva.”


Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will premiere CarPlay to their drivers this week at the Geneva International Motor Show. Additional manufacturers bringing CarPlay to their drivers down the road include BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp.

Apple CarPlay is available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lightning-enabled iPhones, including iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5. CarPlay will be available in select cars shipping in 2014.

  • pvr4me

    Does that mean a car is now just a bigger iPad? 😉

  • I like this solution. It shows a corporate philosophy from Apple about enhancing the driver experience without controlling it. From all appearances, the cars that support CarPlay will still have their own navigation systems, etc, but when you plug in an iPhone, it takes over. So, if by chance you are without phone, you still have the car’s navigation system to use. Unlike Synce and other systems, this is not an all-or-nothing solution. And, with the additional partners announced, Apple clearly is taking the AppleTV approach to working with partners to create the ideal experience in car. Plus for the car manufacturers as well since they just need to build in control of the screen for the iPhone and feedback from the controls.

  • Brian Mauter

    I wonder if they’ll license this to aftermarket vendors like Pioneer or Sony. It would be nice to swap my stereo out to get this feature.

    • i would assume so. they’ve licensed the other APIs over the years (iPod control, siri eyes free, etc), and obviously most cars on the road aren’t brand new.

    • Colin Mattson

      Hope so. While this is in direct competition with Pioneer’s “AppRadio mode”, it looks a lot less sucktastic.

  • chjode

    As I buy cars when they are 5-7 years old (my current car is from 1996), I look forward to using this feature in 2019-2021.

  • Joseph Blake

    I’m sure Lightning connectors will be standard for a very, very long time to come. However, I would like to see a commitment from Apple and/or the car manufacturers on how long this can be expected to be supported. IE: If I buy a 2014 Volvo, how long can I be guaranteed that any Lightning-equipped iPhone will work? Unlike cars with built in 30 pin and iPod support, this is much more apt to be deprecated in software. I’m curious as to how it actually works. Hopefully it’s more of just a remote display than requiring some kind of advanced support in the car’s hardware.

  • Colin Mattson

    Conspicuously absent: Fiat Chrysler.

    Not that their iOS integration’s bad as it is, but this seems like a missed opportunity.

  • Neked Aw

    Will I have to enter my apple id every morning before my car will start?

    Will I have to download updates?

    If my car breaks down will I have to send it away to Apple?