Apple CarPlay is the latest in iPhone integration that allows you to access the most commonly used features of your wireless phone on a touch screen interface. CarPlay also integrates Siri voice commands in a way that allows you to keep your eyes on the road while activating many of the most attractive features of your iPhone. From phone calls and messaging, to Navigation and music, CarPlay allows you to stay connected, safe, and compliant to the increasing number of stringent hands-free laws.
How Apple CarPlay Works
Apple CarPlay is an app-based interface with a similar look and feel to the iOS operating system and is included in many new car stereo systems. You can operate Apple CarPlay by using a combination of Siri voice commands, a touchscreen interface, knobs, and buttons or factory steering wheel controls. The CarPlay interface uses a connection from your Apple iPhone to provide access to many of your favorite features and apps.
Phone Calls and Messaging
Apple CarPlay gives you a safer way to send or receive text messages and make phone calls all with the touch of a button. Just press and hold the voice control button and give the command. Siri will read incoming text messages through your car stereo system and dictate outgoing messages. With CarPlay and Siri you no longer need to take your eyes off the road.
Navigation Powered by Apple Maps
Many of Apple Maps most popular features such as large easy to read visuals, and proactive suggestions are now available on your car stereo through CarPlay. Proactive suggestions predict where you are most likely to go and the best way to get there. In conjunction with Siri, CarPlay allows you to operate these features in the safest way possible. Looking for a quick meal or need to know where the nearest gas station is? Just ask Siri!
Use Your Favorite Apps
In addition to Apple Maps, messaging, and phone calls CarPlay offers access to many of your favorite applications like Apple Music and Podcasts. Along with these native iPhone applications you can also access many popular 3rd party apps like Audible, Spotify, Pandora, and more!
Where to Find CarPlay Stereos
An increasing number of major car manufacturer either currently offers, or plans to offer stereos that support Apple CarPlay. Fortunately for those of us not ready to purchase a brand-new vehicle, most aftermarket car stereo manufacturers have CarPlay compatible receivers available. Aftermarket stereos also offer many additional options like backup cameras, satellite radio, and multi-channel high voltage pre-outs which give you the option to further improve your sounds system by adding amplifiers for speakers and subwoofers.
Where to Learn More
If you would like to see Apple CarPlay in action check out this demo video from one of our experts.
Try it Before You Buy it
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