Safety First: All About Apple CarPlay

Safety First: All About Apple CarPlay

These days we are constantly connected to the rest of world thanks to our mobile phones and with good reason. Our mobile devices are the most personalised pieces of technology we own, so when we get into our cars, this disconnection from the outside world can be a bit unsettling. However, using your mobile device while driving is exceptionally dangerous and that’s why it’s important to use technology to combat this problem.

As much as manufacturers will have you believe otherwise, vehicle infotainment systems just aren’t as user friendly or intuitive as your own iPhone, but there is now an easy workaround: Apple CarPlay.

Apple CarPlay: What is It?

In simple terms, Apple CarPlay is a way to connect your iPhone – as well as everything it contains – to your car’s dashboard using its onboard infotainment system. Once you’ve connected your iPhone to your car using Apple CarPlay, your car’s display will look a lot like your iPhone in landscape mode and will show all the CarPlay compatible apps – including WhatsApp and Spotify. It even has a Apple-style home screen button on the left-hand side of the screen.

Apple CarPlay: How Does It Work?

Since CarPlay is certified by Apple, every CarPlay enabled car you drive will provide a near-identical experience and all you need to do is plug in your iPhone via USB. Once you’ve done so, you’ll be asked whether you want to active CarPlay immediately or access it later via menus. Some systems will even go as far as asking you whether you want to activate CarPlay automatically every time you connect your iPhone to your car. You may even be able to access your favourite sports betting NZ sites! Newer cars such as the Mercedes-Benz A-Class even feature wireless Apple CarPlay which connects via Bluetooth.

Apple CarPlay: Is My Car Compatible?

If your car is relatively new, you will most likely have Apple CarPlay available to use and you’ll most likely have been told about it upon purchasing your vehicle as well. If you’re not sure, Apple has published an exhaustive list of all cars which are CarPlay compatible. If you’re car isn’t amongst the ones mentioned, you can still purchase an aftermarket infotainment system as Alpine, Clarion, JVC, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony all produce CarPlay certified systems.

Apple CarPlay: Is My iPhone Compatible?

Of course, you have to have an iPhone in order to use Apple CarPlay as the system isn’t Android compatible, but I’m sure you’ve already guessed that! Fortunately for iPhone users everything from the iPhone 5 upwards is CarPlay compatible. Here’s the full list of Apple CarPlay compatible iPhones:

  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus
  • iPhone SE, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5

Apple CarPlay: Is It Worth It?

Unlike other head-up display (HUD) technology, Apple CarPlay is a far more personal piece of technology and its usefulness will largely depend on how you generally use your iPhone, the sort of media you enjoy consuming while traveling, and whether you’re tech-savvy or not. If you don’t enjoy using the infotainment system in your car in its current state, Apple CarPlay could be the magic salve you need as it provides a familiar, intuitive interface.

Note: Safety is more important than replying to your WhatsApp messages, so only interact with Apple CarPlay when you’ve come to a complete stop.

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