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2021 Honda Accord refresh includes Wireless Apple CarPlay

The Honda Accord was the ninth-most popular vehicle by sales in the United States in 2019, according to data compiled by Edmunds. Part of its popularity comes from the perception that Accords are American-made vehicle. Honda Accords were the first foreign vehicle to be manufactured on American soil. The Marysville (Ohio) Auto plant has been producing Accords since 1982 and will continue for the foreseeable future based on the company’s sustained investment in the plant. Accords, like many other Japanese vehicles, are also known for their longevity and reliability.

It’s virtually impossible to buy a late-model vehicle these days without some sort of infotainment system. Apple CarPlay is continually eating into the marketshare for automotive voice assistants. Embedded voice assistants by automakers still lead the pack, followed by Bluetooth smartphone assistants. But Apple CarPlay is fast-becoming the standard. It’s presence in vehicles grew to 26.7% in 2019, according to a report by Voicebot. Granted there are still many 2021 vehicles that will not support CarPlay. The 2021 Honda Accord has several new features, including new options for the mobile experience in your automobile.

The 2021 Honda Accord. Photo via Autoblog.com

Wireless CarPlay Support

One of the enhancement in the latest-model Accord is the 8-inch touchscreen that is now standard. These were previously available only on EX trim and above. The new standardized feature everyone is raving about is Apple Carplay. Integration is in all trims. But touring and EX-L trims also come with the new wireless Apple Carplay. Hybrid models also have wireless integration, according to the October 12 press release. Wireless charging integration is also available on 2021 Honda Accords.

Honda Accord wireless CarPlay
Honda Accord wireless CarPlay

CarPlay is dubbed “the ultimate copilot’ by Apple. It predicts your destination by utilizing address data from text messages, emails and calendars. Siri allows you to make calls, listen to voicemails and send text messages hands-free, making your drives safer and more efficient. You also have access to all your iPhone content. Just ask Siri to play your favorite song or tune into your favorite radio station.

More upgrades for 2021 Honda Accord

A wider touchscreen and integration of Apple CarPlay aren’t the only mid-cycle refresh changes to the tenth-generation Accord. There aren’t many physical differences at first glance from the 2020 to 2021 models. The front grille is a bit wider than its predecessor. LED beans are now part of the headlights, along with redesigned fog lights.

The new rear seat reminders can avoid tragedy by warning drivers of occupants in the backseat. They also notify the driver when/if someone unbuckles their seat belt. Another new safety feature is Low-Speed Braking Control. Touring-trim Accords apply the brakes automatically when the Honda Sensing system detects imminent collision when traveling 25 mph or slower. The Sport SE trim has a few new interior features, most notably leather upholstery.

One drawback with 2021 Hybrid touring trims appears to be lower gas mileage. Non-Touring Hybrids have a 48 mpg rating. touring Hybrids are rated 44 mpg. Honda representatives confirmed that the discrepancy is due to the 19-inch wheels and additional weight thereof on the Hybrid Touring trims.

Honda standardizing CarPlay across the board?

Accord isn’t the Honda vehicle that includes Apple CarPlay as a standard feature in 2021. The Honda Passport also comes with the new standard 8-inch touchscreen and CarPlay. The Honda Civic, like the Accord, has been equipped with CarPlay since 2016. The Ridgeline, CR-V and Pilot have also had CarPlay for several years. Will wireless Apple CarPlay become standard in all Honda models? Time will tell.

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2021 Car Models Without CarPlay

With an increasing demand for a safer convenient driving experience, automakers have come up with integrated infotainment systems. They are designed with a navigation system for a seemingly better orientation enhanced with an optimized map engine that has proved to be unreliable over time. Apple developed an in-car infotainment system labelled CarPlay. Its interface has generic sync capabilities designed to give users in-car access to information stored on the phone when connected to an in-dash system. 

It was just several years ago we were telling you what cars have CarPlay. It was rare. Now it’s the opposite: it’s now easier to say which cars don’t.

CarPlay is famous for its intelligent voice assistant ‘Siri‘, this feature interprets messages if asked to complete tasks like making a call or using a map for navigation. The information is not as accurate as you may expect. The biggest drawback of the feature is it can not be used without an active internet connection. Apple only has the map translation in English, hence your iPhone will not be able to detect voice commands if voiced over different languages. So why pay for an update you do not find useful, manufacturers increase the cost due to technology integration, this is the primary reason why more people have switched back to more relaxed less complex cars with less tech.

Infotainment systems were built to help users enhance safety while on the road including climate control in the vehicle, parking assistance, and a voice-based digital personal assistant designed to perform several actions in your car. There are currently two options in the market; buy an already in-built CarPlay system or a head unit compatible with an apple CarPlay. Very few automakers and technology analysts have embraced the idea of a base model with no infotainment screens but the idea seems to capture technophobes’ attention who are looking for a less complex base model.

This car does not have CarPlay!

With the evolution of auto technology, it proves almost impossible to get a modern vehicle with minimal technology features as every year cars get redesigned with significant updates. You could spend hours contemplating hundreds of models and yet find very limited classifications for your preference. However, the good news is that there are recent 2021 models yet to be released with less complex tech, redesigned for technology-averse individuals.

1. 2021 Ford Ka+ 

With the Ford Is+ 2021 you get a standard and simple stereo with a volume knob. All  Ford brands have no satellite navigation system. However, lacking the ability to support CarPlay, the car has a phone mount that allows user to mount their phone and use it as a sat-nav.[1]

2. 2021 Fiat 500 

The newly installed infotainment system known as UConnect5 that comes with Fiat 500 is much more improved compared to the last version. The new dash design features a large centre display and additional smaller feature of the driver’s display. Technical details of an infotainment screen are yet to be released but it is assumed to outline its ancestor’s features [2]

3. 2021 Dacia Duster 

The new Duster 2021 has undergone structural changes as noted in their latest model. The model is a perfect choice for technology averse individuals. There are striking aerodynamic changes that come with the improved look offering model in different shades. This is the perfect car for technophobes as the dashboard is pre-wired for accessory-fit radio and speaker system, Stop/start system, Speed limiter, and a dusk sensor that does not support CarPlay.[3]

4. 2021 Smart Fortwo 

Screen infotainment for this model was not installed however, the car offers a base for a pair of plates where one can install their smartphone. The brand currently offers an Android auto excluding CarPlay[4]

5. 2021 Toyota Land Cruiser 

The luxurious SUV is fitted with standard infotainment features with the infotainment system comprising of a 9-inch touch screen with large on-screen buttons for easier climate and audio readjustment. The screen graphics are more outdated as the system does not support CarPlay or android auto, simply a navigation system,14 speakers, and a smartphone charging pad.[5]

6. 2021 Suzuki Ignis

Aesthetic changes are minimal as expected with the interior, there’s very limited information on the infotainment system but it is more likely to adapt the last version mode that does not support both android auto or CarPlay.[6]

7. 2021 Volkswagen Sharan

This redesigned German MVP model comes with a 6.5-inch touchscreen infotainment system but only offers functions like mirror link, rear-view camera, CarPlay and android auto at extra cost.[7]

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Carplay Coming to 2021 Honda Passport

Honda is stepping up their game with a new CarPlay feature coming to its 2021 Passport.

“Now, all Passport trims get the previously available 8.0-inch touchscreen as standard equipment. That means Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, as well.” (Motortrend.com)

https://www.motortrend.com/news/2021-honda-passport-price-updates/https://appleinsider.com/articles/20/09/12/honda-makes-carplay-a-standard-feature-of-the-2021-passport-suvhttps://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2021-honda-passport-apple-carplay-android-auto-standard/

If you’re unfamiliar with Apple CarPlay, according to Apple, CarPlay is “a smarter, safer way to use your iPhone while you drive.” Think of complete system synchronization between your iPhone and your vehicle, that gives you powerful control at your finger tips (or your voice). You can access directions, send and receive calls and text messages, and listen to your favorite music. All this conveniently situated on the Passport’s built in Infotainment display.

Using the power of Apple Maps, CarPlay can actually predict where you are going, utilizing information it obtains from your email, text messages, contacts and calendars — a truly impressive display of AI capability.

Missed a call? Siri can help you with that, all completely handsfree, keeping you safe on the road. Need to send a message? Instead of writing, Siri can interpret your dictated speech into a written text message that can then be sent to whomever you need to communicate with while under way.

There’s virtually nothing that CarPlay can’t do (unless you need it to do the laundry). Honda introducing this new feature to their 2021 line of mid-size SUVs is a smart move, both for consumers and for their bottom line as well. Honda has provided this digital gold mine to their customers at no additional charge:

“The Passport doesn’t cost anymore for 2021, but Honda tossed the extra tech in. Yay!” (Cnet.com)

https://www.cnet.com/roadshow/news/2021-honda-passport-apple-carplay-android-auto-standard/

The key is in the 8.0-inch infotainment screen in the base model, where before if buyers wanted to access such capabilities, they would have had to upgrade to the EXL-trim costing roughly $4,000 more.

We all love getting something back, and Honda has done it with the sexy tech addition in Apple CarPlay integration, however one downside according to Yahoo, is that “the Sport’s display audio unit does not, however, include a text-message function, satellite radio, or HD radio those remain the exclusive province of the EX-L and higher trims.”

Since 2019, Honda’s Passport has been amongst the lower performing vehicles of its line up with sales much lower than its competitors. This could indeed be the spur in the horses rear that pushed Honda to emerge with the 2021 Passport standard upgrades with no additional cost.

What ever the brand of its coming, expect big things for Honda in the coming year, and it could all be thanks to CarPlay.

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CarKey Digital Key Comes to Apple CarPlay

CarKey Digital Key from Apple CarPlay can replace your regular BMW key
BMW car key.
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  • CarKey is brand new tech from Apple
  • It’s a sister technology to CarPlay
  • It will work with iPhones and BMWs on its debut
  • It works now if you have select iPhones and new BMW models
  • It is a free feature with iOS 13.6 and iOS 14
  • You send a digital key via iMessage
  • The digital key allows you to lock/unlock the car door
  • The digital key, when placed in the smartphone charging tray, allows starting the car using the push button

As a follow-on to our earlier WWDC 2020 CarPlay news: If you plan to get a new BMW and you have an iPhone, you can take advantage of the new Apple CarKey digital key capability that is part of iOS 13 and iOS 14. Apple introduced this new feature at its WWDC 2020 event in late June.

When activated, your iPhone acts as a proximity key, allowing the bearer to lock and unlock the car, and start and drive it. You can also share this capability with other iPhones. Depending on how you share access and control of your car through an iMessage, you can put time limits on when it is active, and restrict access to some features. That’s thought to be so parents can restrict some of what their teens can do when loaning a car to new drivers.

To gain access to the BMW you’ve been loaned, just tap an iPhone with an active digital key against the car’s door. Once inside, place the phone on the smartphone wireless charging bed, step on the brake, ensure the vehicle is in neutral, and press the ignition button.

BMW is the first to offer this capability. Eventually – many think when iOS comes out this fall – a BMW owner will be able to set up a car key on a compatible iPhone and share it with as many as five friends. The key is said to function even when an iPhone with an active key has a dead battery and shuts off. Depending on the iPhone, the key will work for several hours. But if you turn off your iPhone, the key won’t work until you turn it back on. CarKey will first be available with BMW’s updated 2021 BMW 5 Series. Other compatible models, if manufactured after July 1, 2020, include the bulleted list above.

BMW Digital Key will require the upcoming iOS 13.6 and WatchOS 6.2.8. To check whether you vehicle is compatible, use the BMW Connected App on your iPhone. Log in with your BMW ID and add your vehicle to the account. A section titled “Digital Key” will appear on the homepage if your device is compatible.

These BMW models will be CarKey Digital Key compatible:

  • The 1
  • The 2
  • The 3
  • The 4
  • The 5
  • The 6
  • The 8
  • The X5
  • The X6
  • The X7
  • The M5
  • The M8
  • The X5 M
  • The X6 M

The following devices are compatible with BMW Digital Key:

  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone SE (2nd generation)
  • Apple Watch Series 5

Apple says more cars that work with the system will come to market next year.

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BMW Nerve Crumbles, Drops $80/Year Charge for CarPlay

In the biggest CarPlay news in months, BMW has dropped its $80-per-year charge to its customers to use (free) CarPlay.

This has been a thing that’s stuck in our craw here at CarPlay World, and seeing this news is refreshing, if not outright schadenfreude. We’ve hammered BMW for this over the years.

See our example exercise of how much you could pay for a BMW and not get CarPlay.

BMW was the only auto manufacturer of size to charge its customers, and perhaps the only one full stop, and because of this it stuck out. It was a marketing fiasco that acted as a lighting rod of criticism across the automotive world.

We in the automotive press heaped scorn on BMW for years, and it’s good to see them do the right thing, even if it was a full-on loss of nerve under pressure.

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iOS 13 – The Dust Has Settled

CarPlay is Apple’s solution to automakers’ generally awful infotainment efforts in their cars, trucks and SUVs over the last ten years.

iOS 13 is Apple’s latest phone software, and because iPhones are what runs CarPlay, CarPlay is updated and thus improved. It was released about a month ago, so we’ve had time to experience its changes, improvements, and in some cases, frustrations.

Loves and Hates

  • There’s no way to End a trip in Apple Maps from the main Maps screen (not Dashboard) — you have to go to the phone itself to find the red End button.
  • The overview/detail button in Apple Maps isn’t clear, and usually doesn’t work. Sometimes it’s a compass arrow, sometimes it’s a squiggly, in all cases it’s either laggy or doesn’t do anything. See photo below.
  • The new dashboard is nice, not mind-blowing, but nice.
  • More controls have been “surfaced” up to a single tap from the top-level. See photo below.
  • Siri still doesn’t do much for me. She’s just a nice-sounding interface to static information.
  • The improved interaction of Calendar in CarPlay is super.

Changes in iOS 13 CarPlay

  • CarPlay is now five years old!
  • Do not disturb while driving shows a moon icon near signal strength and battery level.
  • The secondary display — your iPhone itself — remains unchanged in the various configurations we’ve tried it with.
  • Siri is not in this list of changes despite what Apple says.

When Will Siri Show Up?

When will Siri show up as an intelligent, AI-powered feature that predicts things we consider truly useful? She’s still a basic assistant who is simply an intermediary between your daily business and you. She just looks up stuff you could find with a quick look at your calendar, your messages, your email, etc.

Wake me when Siri is an actual AI, one that predicts your needs and offers you useful information before it occurs to you to find it. My test for this behavior milestone is when Siri offers me information that I say “I didn’t know I needed that.”

Photos of CarPlay — iOS 13

Dashboard

The new Dashboard in CarPlay iOS 13. It displays a summary of several different pieces, in this case Maps, entertainment (an audio book), and the next item from my Calendar.

Apple Maps in Dashboard

2D vs 3D Maps

This image shows the difference between 2D and 3D views in Apple Maps. Note the 3D screenshot shows a low-resolution instance. This isn’t the traditional definition of resolution, this means that buildings and other items are not rendered in fancy 3D fashion.
Where’s the 2d/3d button? Where’s the overview/detail button? Where’s the zoom button? Context is important here — many of these things are missing because there is no destination programmed, but still, these things should be here.

Secondary (iPhone itself) Display

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Volvo Apple CarPlay: Everything You Need to Know

Apple CarPlay offers plenty of great features drivers will want to access while on the road. The best thing about CarPlay is that all of the apps a driver would ever need to use while on the go are easy to access and can all be utilized hands free. If you just purchased a new Volvo, you have CarPlay with your new car. Once you’ve connected your phone to your Volvo via USB, you’ll see on your Volvo’s display screen the default CarPlay apps.

How to add apps.

What Volvo Models Include Apple CarPlay?

Volvo arrived early to the CarPlay game, and was one of the first car manufacturers to offer Apple CarPlay in their new car models. All Volvo models now come with CarPlay.

  • 2019 S60 Starting MSRP $36,795
  • 2019 S90 Starting MSRP $48,345
  • 2020 V60 Starting MSRP $40,645
  • 2019 V60 Cross Country Starting MSRP $46,095
  • 2019 V90 Starting MSRP $52,445
  • 2019 V90 Cross Country Starting MSRP $53,545
  • 2020 XC40 Starting MSRP $34,695
  • 2019 XC60 Starting MSRP $40,795
  • 2019 XC90 Starting MSRP $48,695

How Much Does CarPlay Cost?

Luckily, if you are planning on purchasing a Volvo and you want Apple CarPlay, you’ll be happy to know that you won’t need to pay any additional monthly or subscription charges to use CarPlay with your Volvo. Unlike BMW, who charges around $80 per year for customers to use CarPlay with their cars as a subscription service, CarPlay comes with your Volvo at no additional cost.

I Don’t Have CarPlay, Can I Get a Volvo CarPlay Upgrade?

If you already purchased your Volvo and it didn’t come with CarPlay, you’ll be able to get a retrofit for your car so that you’ll be able to enjoy CarPlay.

2015 Volvo XC90

Dealers can reprogram the infotainment system on 2015 Volvo XC90 vehicles.

Warranty info: This service bulletin is being performed free of charge under the Volvo limited new-car warranty.

What owners should do: Call your local dealer with your vehicle’s identification number to determine if your vehicle is involved in this service bulletin. You can call Volvo at 800-458-1552.

Other Models

For older Volvos getting a dealer CarPlay retrofit, the final result depends on the model and year. The cost is only known by your Volvo dealer, so call them for a quote. If it’s available, you’ll still be using some features on the old display, like the navigation, climate-control and a few other settings, all of which are controlled through the steering-wheel buttons or other dashboard buttons.

The retrofit for older Volvos without the baseline hardware is done with Parrot hardware. With the retrofit, you’ll see a new “Connected” button that provides access to the touchscreen with apps like TuneIn, Spotify, and Parrot Maps.

The retrofit software is formed around Parrot’s Android-based Asteroid car infotainment system. The software is loaded onto a small box which is installed in the glove box and connects to the car’s original infotainment system.

Or Go The New Stereo Route

How to Set Up CarPlay

You can setup CarPlay in your Volvo by following these steps:

On Your Volvo

  1. Make sure your iPhone is connected to Wi-Fi (on models that require Siri to be plugged in, either by your personal hotspot or by connecting to the Volvo’s Wi-Fi hotspot)
  2. Connect your iPhone to your Volvo using the USB/Lightning connector cord
  3. Swipe the Sensus screen from right to left to open the app view
  4. Select the icon for CarPlay   
  5. Read the Terms and Conditions and select Accept
  6. CarPlay, with all of the available apps, will show in the Sensus Home screen underneath the Media tile
  7. The CarPlay screen cannot be adjusted.  It is only available as the size it displays on the Sensus screen.

On Your iPhone

Siri must be enabled in your iPhone to use CarPlay:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select General
  3. Select Siri
  4. Slide the bar to enable (will be green)
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Mazda Apple CarPlay: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re planning on purchasing a new Mazda vehicle, then you’ll love the many premium features that now come with these cars. Mazda has brought a bevy of technologies to their new cars to provide both comfort and convenience. One of the options now offered by Mazda models is Apple CarPlay. CarPlay runs on a few select Mazda models through Mazda’s infotainment system, allowing a person to perform many of the same actions an iPhone allows, but safely and hands-free while driving. With CarPlay, you can make calls, send and receive texts, hear your favorite musical tunes, get turn-by-turn directions, listen to podcasts, and more.

Mazda recently announced that smartphone integration technologies, like Apple CarPlay, will become available on more of their vehicles. However, if you don’t have CarPlay in your new Mazda yet, don’t worry. Mazda is offering dealer-installed updates to certain Mazda cars if those cars did not come with CarPlay.

What Mazda Models Include Apple CarPlay?

Mazda’s currently list of models offering Apple CarPlay isn’t large, but don’t let that stop you. Since Mazda offers a retrofit of CarPlay for many other models, you might still be in luck. The current Mazda models you can purchase from a dealer that offer CarPlay are:

  • 2018 Mazda6
  • 2019 Mazda CX-9
  • 2019 Mazda CX-5.

If you already have a Mazda and it doesn’t feature CarPlay, don’t worry, there’s still great news for you.

How Much Does CarPlay Cost?

You’re in luck if you don’t want to pay much for CarPlay. Unlike some car manufacturers including BMW, which charges $80 per month after the first year of CarPlay, Mazda will not charge you a subscription fee to use CarPlay on their vehicles.

I Don’t Have CarPlay, Can I Get a Mazda CarPlay Upgrade?

For those of you that want an after-market CarPlay upgrade on your Mazda, as long as your car is a 2014 model or newer and has Mazda Connect’s infotainment system, you can get an updated installation of either Apple CarPlay or Android Auto. The components you’ll get from your dealer feature both hardware and software. Plus, vehicles that are qualified can get better charging USB ports that are more powerful. To get the update, simple schedule an appointment with your Mazda dealer. The update cost starts at $199 plus labor and takes about two hours to do.  

How to Setup and Use Your Mazda CarPlay

It’s very simple to setup and use your Mazda CarPlay. Remember, you need to have your iPhone ready.

  • First, put the CarPlay app on your iPhone.
  • Park the car and put the parking brake on.
  • Using a lightening cable, connect your iPhone to your car’s USB port with the smartphone icon.
  • Your Mazda Connect screen should recognize your iPhone.
  • Follow the prompts on your Mazda Connect screen, and you will be able to complete the set-up process.

If you run into any problems while you try to connect your Mazda to your iPhone through Apple CarPlay, make sure you are using a high-quality USB cable. Also, make sure that you are using the USB port that is marked with the smartphone icon, and check to make sure the parking brake is engaged.

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Jaguar Apple CarPlay: Everything You Need to Know

Are you considering purchasing a new Jaguar that offers Apple CarPlay? If so, then you’ll be delighted to know that Jaguar recently embraced offering CarPlay options. Many of you probably already know that it took Jaguar some time to offer CarPlay, so they don’t offer as complete of a list as some other car manufacturers. However, the Jaguar list of models that offer CarPlay continues to grow, and Jaguar is already working on extending their CarPlay options to other models.

What Jaguar Models Include Apple CarPlay?

Although it took some time for Jaguar to warm up to Apple CarPlay, this car manufacturer has already “jumped on the bandwagon” so to speak. Jaguar is promising to increase its selection of car models with Apple CarPlay. For now, here is the current list:

  • 2019 E-Pace
  • 2019 F-Pace
  • 2019 I-Pace
  • 2019 F-Type
  • 2019 XE
  • 2019 XF
  • 2019 XJ

How Much Does CarPlay Cost?

Jaguar, unlike BMW, does not make CarPlay users pay for a subscription service to utilize CarPlay. So, there is no monthly or yearly charge for continuous use of CarPlay in your Jaguar. However, Jaguar does make you purchase an additional option to have CarPlay in several of its cars. So, depending on your car model, if you want CarPlay in your car, you may have to pay for an optional Smartphone Pack. The optional Smartphone Pack’s price runs about $300. CarPlay must be purchased as an additional option on certain 2019 model cars, mainly those vehicles that come with either JLR’s InControl Touch Pro or Touch Pro Dual infotainment units with InControl Apps and WiFi. However, on Jaguar’s 2019 L-Pace electric SUV, CarPlay is now standard, so you won’t have to pay $300 for the CarPlay option if you purchase this car.

I Don’t Have CarPlay, Can I Get a Jaguar CarPlay Upgrade?

If you have a Jaguar model that’s older than a 2019 option and you want CarPlay in your vehicle, you’ll be running into some compatibility issues. However, that’s not supposed to be a discouraging revelation, since you do have possibilities. If you’re trying to upgrade your car at a dealer, you’ll probably hear about a few complications. Any Jaguar model manufactured prior to 2019 must have JLR’s InControl Touch Pro or Touch Pro Dual infotainment units with InControl Apps and WiFi. Also, pre-2019 models might not have the right USB ports. You can find out if your car qualifies by contacting your dealer.

Of course, you still have some Pioneer retrofit options, including the Pioneer SPH-DA120 Smartphone Receiver, which costs about $470, and the Pioneer SPH-DA120 Smartphone Receiver, which costs about $450. If you want to read up more about these retrofit options, check out Pioneer’s website here.

How to Setup and Use Your Jaguar CarPlay

If you need to set up your Jaguar CarPlay, just follow these steps:

  • Make sure your iPhone is unlocked and remains unlocked, since some cases auto-lock iPhones when closed.
  • Connect your iPhone to your car’s smartphone USB port.
  • If your InControl Apps aren’t already on, you’ll be prompted to open the app after connecting your phone.
  • On the touchscreen tap on InControl Apps. Apps that can be used must be approved by Jaguar.
  • You’ll be prompted to tap on “View” if you want your apps to have no audio, or “View and Listen” if you want audio to make phone calls, hear music, etc.

If you need further information about setting up your Jaguar CarPlay, visit Jaguar’s InControl User Guide found here.

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Subaru Apple CarPlay: Everything You Need to Know

If you’re getting ready to purchase a new Subaru and you love Apple products, then we’ve got some great news for you. For those of you that love iPhone accessories, Subaru offers the latest and best accessory out there, Apple CarPlay. CarPlay is now a standard on four of Subaru’s models, meaning it is available at no additional cost on every single trim if you are buying a Crosstrek, Legacy, Outback, or an Impreza. And if you already purchased a Subaru without CarPlay, there’s no need to worry. You can easily get your car retrofitted to utilize Apple CarPlay. So, if you’re dying to use Apple’s latest great invention, Apple CarPlay, in your Subaru, we’ve got you covered. Keep reading to find out more about what Apple CarPlay has to offer to Subaru owners.

What Subaru Models Include Apple CarPlay?

If you’re looking to purchase a new Subaru and you’re dying to have Apple CarPlay, then you are in luck. Several Subaru models nowadays come with Apple CarPlay. Here’s the complete list to help you out:

  • 2017 – 2019 Impreza
  • 2018 – 2019 BRZ
  • 2018 – 2019 Crosstrek
  • 2018 – 2019 Legacy
  • 2018 – 2019 Outback
  • 2019 Ascent
  • 2019 Forester
  • 2019 WRX
  • 2019 WRX STI

How Much Does CarPlay Cost?

For those of you worrying about having to pay an extra monthly fee for your Apple CarPlay, don’t worry. Subaru is one of the car manufacturers that won’t charge you a subscription service fee to use your Apple CarPlay. That’s great news, since some manufacturers, like BMW, charge $80 a year after the first free year for individuals to use the CarPlay features that come installed in their cars.

I Don’t Have CarPlay, Can I Get a Subaru CarPlay Upgrade?

If your Subaru comes with a Subaru STARLINK system, it would be quite easy for you to get an Apply CarPlay upgrade. However, if you already bought a Subaru that doesn’t include Apple CarPlay or Starlink, then don’t fret. There are plenty of options out there in after-market systems if you’ve purchased a Subaru without Apple CarPlay. We’ve created a list to help you browse your available options below. However, if you do use any of these choices, remember that separate support for using Siri needs to be added as well:

How to Setup and Use Your Subaru CarPlay

All new Subaru models featuring the Subaru Starlink system currently offer Apple CarPlay. Once you get CarPlay, it’s very easy for you to connect your phone to your car using the CarPlay built into your Starlink system. Here are the steps:

  • Activate both CarPlay and Siri on your iPhone.
  • Connect your iPhone to your car’s USB port using an Apple USB cable. You’ll most likely find the USB port in the center console.
  • You will be prompted to authorize CarPlay on your Starlink screen. Press “accept.”
  • Now, your iPhone and Starlink system should be connected together through CarPlay. On your Starlink system screen, you should be able to switch to CarPlay when connected to your iPhone using the USB port.