Apple won’t be satisfied unless its iOS is running every element in your life. Enter CarPlay, the new iOS system that allows new models of cars to directly connect to your mobile device and transform your car’s display into an iPhone. The benefits are obvious: it’s less distracting, it’s a familiar operating system, and it has access to all the contents on your phone. However, there are still some bumps in the road for CarPlay.
So how does it all work? It’s actually an incredibly simple system that works without any additional setup or hassle. If you have one of the new cars that supports CarPlay then all you have to do is use a lightning cable to plug your phone into the car’s USB port. A message pops up on your phone asking if you want to connect to your car and when you hit ‘yes’ then you’re done! Now your computer’s touch screen display will resemble your iPhone. Now you’ll be able to play your music, use your GPS software, and even send and receive calls and texts from your car’s built in computer system. Siri is a huge aspect of CarPlay. The voice-activated assistant allows you to perform many tasks with your voice. She’ll even read the contents of a text message for you so that you never have to do any reading! Tell her your response and she’ll send it along. Everything works incredibly well and it’s super easy to use.
What are the downsides? Unfortunately, you will not have access to a perfect replica of your iPhone. Not all apps are compatible with CarPlay. Compatible apps will appear on the car’s screen, but there are some notable absences, namely Google Maps. Apps like Spotify are also limited to pre-made playlists and other basic content to discourage users from navigating through menus. A significant downside is that Siri is not capable of operating 3rd party apps. This is very limiting and will mean users spend more time touching the screen than they should.
Overall the CarPlay system is a huge improvement over most of the operating systems currently included in cars. However, there are still some obvious downsides that will need to be smoothed out before it’s a complete replacement for your car’s on-board system.
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