The Apple CarPlay is one of the most common apps you can find in the infotainment system of any car today. The app that first integrated into a vehicle in 2015 have reached some great milestone now. Apple actually created the app in 2014 as a way of bringing the iPhone experience into vehicles. With this feature, drivers can keep their hands off their iPhones while driving. This is to ensure safety and convenience for the driver.
Apple CarPlay Now Available in 800 Car Models
According to a recently updated page on Apple’s website, CarPlay is now available in more than 800 vehicle models sold in the U.S. Apple had previously announced that the software platform was available in more than 600 vehicle models. But the recent update includes many 2023 and 2024 vehicle models.
GM has announced that it plans to phase out CarPlay in future electric vehicles. The car brand is doing so in favor of its own in-car software platform. The multinational car maker is developing this software in collaboration with Google. GM’s announcement did not go down well with its customers. However, GM is doubling down on its decision to build a “holistically integrated” operating system. A much-improved navigation and charging experience for future EV owners.
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Apple had previously stated that 79% of U.S. buyers would only consider a vehicle that works with CarPlay. The company has also claimed that the platform is available in 98% of vehicles in the US. “It’s a must-have feature when shopping for a new vehicle,” said Apple.
Next Generation of Apple CarPlay to Launch This Year
Apple plans to release the next generation of CarPlay later this year. The new software promises support for multiple displays across the dashboard. We expect improvements in areas like instrument cluster integration, built-in climate controls, an FM radio app, widgets, increased personalization, and more. The first vehicles with support for the new CarPlay experience will see the light of day later this year. There are over a dozen automakers that have committed to offer it.
In related news, code on Apple’s servers suggests that British automaker Lotus is planning to come on board. But Lotus will support Apple’s digital car key feature in the Wallet app. With this, users can unlock, lock and start their vehicles with an iPhone or Apple Watch.
The availability of CarPlay in an increasing number of vehicles is great news for Apple. This is because the platform has become a must-have for many car buyers in the U.S. GM’s decision to phase out CarPlay in future electric vehicles has caused some controversy.
Apple CarPlay Will Remain Popular With Next Update
Nevertheless, Apple’s plans for the next generation of the platform suggest that it will remain a popular choice for car buyers. With over a dozen automakers committed to offering the new CarPlay experience. It is clear that the platform will continue to play a significant role for the in-car experience for many drivers.