Apple adds dozens of new cars to CarPlay compatibility list – CNET

Posted: Friday, December 09, 2016

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Apple’s website has a list of cars that are compatible with its CarPlay infotainment system. The list used to cover 150 different models, but now that number is over 200.

Apple updated its website yesterday to add a whole bunch of models to its CarPlay compatibility list, 9to5Mac reports. Some cars, such as the 2017 Honda CR-V and the 2017 Kia Niro, will be headed to the US. Others, including the Suzuki Lapin and Volkswagen Saveiro, will probably never grace our shores.

This is quite the comprehensive list, but it’s far from complete. Some cars, such as the 2017 BMW 5 Series and the 2017 Jeep Compass, promise to pack CarPlay but have not yet been added to the site — perhaps because they’re still not on sale. Then again, the Kia Niro isn’t on sale yet, so it’s anybody’s guess.

Right now, you still need a cable to be able to start CarPlay on your car’s infotainment display. Apple promised wireless CarPlay as far back as its 2015 Worldwide Developers Conference, along with the ability for CarPlay to control certain car functions, but those have yet to materialize. It’s believed that the 2017 BMW 5 Series will be the first car to offer wireless CarPlay support when it launches next year.

Its major competitor, Android Auto, on the other hand, allows you to run its simplified UI directly on your phone. It’s also promised wireless connectivity with compatible cars, so it’ll be a race to see which manufacturer actually delivers on that promise first.

If your car doesn’t have CarPlay, don’t fret — that’s what the aftermarket is for. Sony recently offered up the most affordable CarPlay-equipped head unit yet, the $499 XAV-AX100 receiver, which packs a 6.4-inch touchscreen. It also includes Android Auto compatibility.

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