Apple CarPlay is the in-car infotainment system developed by Apple. It was first launched in 2014, well ahead of Android Auto. As such, the list of compatible cars is significantly deeper than that of Android Auto’s, so more people are likely to already have a vehicle that can take advantage.
CarPlay allows you to connect your iPhone to your car’s display, giving you access to a variety of features such as navigation, music, and the voice assistant Siri, which you can call on using your voice to control your music, send and receive text messages, and get directions.
The main benefit of using CarPlay is that it allows you to stay connected and use your iPhone’s features without having to take your eyes off the road. For example, you can use Siri to make phone calls, send text messages, and play music without having to physically interact with your iPhone. Additionally, CarPlay supports a wide range of third-party apps, including Spotify and Audible.
Many modern cars with rich in-dash units will typically support CarPlay over a USB connection, especially if they were made after 2014. Some newer cars can do this wirelessly. In all, more than 600 vehicles support Apple CarPlay. You’ll want to check your specific make and model’s manual to see where you land, which you can do at Apple’s website here.