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Apple CarPlay and the UK closing the “Candy Crush” Distracted Driving Loophole

There is no universal federal law related to handheld devices and driving in the United States. Twenty-two states outlaw the use of handheld devices altogether (Virginia’s ban goes into effect on January 1, 2021). Several other states only ban handheld devices for new drivers and those under the age of 17. School bus drivers are banned from using handheld devices in 19 states.

Seven more states prohibits local governments from enacting independent laws related to handheld devices. The New Hampshire Supreme Court, in the case of State vs. Belleville (2014) upheld a seven-year conviction for a man who crossed into a center lane while texting, causing an accident and paralysis to a young passenger. Based on the foregoing, it’s best to simply not text and/or talk while driving to avoid potential issues.

Missing a call won’t kill you – an accident quite possibly could

Roads Safety Minister David Jamieson

The United Kingdom, on the other hand, does in fact have nationwide statutes related to driving with handheld devices. Parliament first outlawed distracted driving in 2003. It was after Roads Safety Minister David Jamieson famously said, “Missing a call won’t kill you – an accident quite possibly could.” Penalties for violating the range from fines to revocation of your driver’s license.

The verbiage of the law, however, has caused confusion and clarification by the UK government.

Please, don’t text while driving. Apple CarPlay will do everything you need it to do, including transcribe your voice to text, and the reverse.

The “Candy Crush Loophole”

Ramsey Barreto was driving when he witnessed a car accident in Ruislip on August 19, 2017. He recorded the scene on his phone while driving past slowly. A police officer spotted him filming and issued a citation. The lower courts upheld the decision by police to issue the citation. But an appellate court overturned the ruling.

The law specifically states that driving while using a device that “performs an interactive communication” is illegal. Interactive was interpreted as a two-way communication, whether it be text messaging, voice calls, or emailing. Thus taking pictures, filming video and even playing video games is not illegal pursuant to the language of the law. The appellate court judges criticized lawmakers in their decision for not updating the law in accordance with technological advances.

The law became somewhat of a running joke in the UK because driver were fined for talking and texting, but could drive while playing Candy Crush. That is the origin of the loophole’s name. Regulators closed the loophole this month by changing the language of the law. It now prohibits picking up a mobile device at all while driving. The change goes into effect on January 1, 2021.

Apple CarPlay to the rescue

U.K. drivers can use hands free devices under the new law. U.S. drivers had already been doing this for quite some time. A 2018 survey by market research firm Strategic Analytics found that 34% of U.S. drivers for all media in their cars, including phone calls and texting. Researched posited that CarPlay is so popular because the user interface is simpler than the system installed by auto manufacturers.

Apple CarPlay is popular because it enhances the overall driving experience. But it also saves lives by preventing distracted driving. The BBC reported 637 deaths in British roads were caused by drivers using handheld devices in 2019. Distracting driving was cited in 8.5% of fatal car accidents in the United States in 2019, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

Listen to your favorite music while driving. Talk to your significant others the whole way home from work. Just do it with the help of Siri and Apple CarPlay.

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Wired to Wireless Apple CarPlay Dongles – too good to be true?

Few cars that support wireless Apple CarPlay as of 2020. Several 2019 and newer Audis, BMW 5 and 3 Series 2017 and newer; and Mercedes A-Class 2018 and newer are a few of those special vehicles. Wireless CarPlay was a new feature in iOS 9 that combined Bluetooth and Wi-Fi signals to connect your iPhone to your vehicle. Several 2021 Hondas, Hyundais and Fords will include wireless CarPlay. But it will still be far from a universal feature in vehicles.

Upgrading from wired to wireless CarPlay can be a bit tricky in some vehicles. Some upgrades require replacing the entire infotainment system to make it wireless compatible. That processes is similarly tedious to replacing heater cores in older vehicles. The most common and easy way to make your CarPlay wireless is through various adapter. The problem is that many claim to do something that they actually do not.

Compatibility issues are also a concern. Some adapters works better on certain vehicles, while others may not work at all or have too many bugs to be of any real use. All you can really do is read reviews based on your specific vehicle to determine which adapter is most likely to produce the best results.

Carlinkit 2.0 dongle

This product is currently sold out on Amazon as of publishing. It has 34% 5-star ratings versus 35% 2-star and 1-star ratings. Reviewers specifically noted that it did not work in Audis, Porches, Toyotas and Lexuses. Some cars it appears to work with include Honda Civic, Chevy Equinox, Chevy Volt, and Mercedes GLS450. Again these are reviews from Amazon, so take them with a grain of salt.

The adapter is easily to install. Simply plug it into your car USB port and pair it with your phone via Bluetooth. There is some latency with skipping tracks and volume control from the steering wheel. The adapter does receive firmware updates. Thus any issues you’re having could be resolved at any time. The price makes it worth the risk – around $115. So if it doesn’t work for your car, you’re not out a fortune.


There are several red flags about this one. The unit is not sold on Amazon or any other retailer based on our research. It is only sold on the company website. That’s not necessarily a bad thing. But it’s hard to gauge compatibility and functionality without independent reviews.

The site claims the dongle works with numerous cars. There are four different models of the dongle, with the Apple CarPlay one priced at $140. There are more red flagged with this one. The company does not list a phone number. It is also very vague about its location, saying it has warehouses in the USA, UK and UAE. But if you want to another option, this is it.


This one has an advertisement video on Youtube. The red flags, however, jump right out from the beginning. The company website listed in the description is offline. The top comment is a dissatisfied customer who ordered the item and never received it. There is a very in-depth Reddit thread about the product that also throws up red flags.

Based on our reviews, wired to wireless adapters are a crapshoot at best and scams at worst. Buy them with caution.

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CarPlay features, efficiency improve with iOS 14 updates

Apple Carplay has come a long way since the Ferrari FF became the first automobile to fully integrate it in September of 2014. But before that CarPlay was a theoretical concept derived from the “iPod Out” feature on iOS 4. Early integrations of iPods and iPhones into cars in 2010 utilized choppy interfaces from varying manufacturers – most notably JVC and BMW. The latter teamed with Apple and started using “iPod Out” as part of a standardized interface. It ultimately led to Apple announcing the launch of CarPlay at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.

The release of iOS 13 on September 19, 2019 bought several new features and enhancements to CarPlay. Most importantly, iOS 13 fixed many common issues that users frequently complained about. One of them was the inability to display multimedia and navigation data simultaneously on the dash display. A new Dashboard feature was introduced with iOS 13 that created a de-facto split-screen so directions and other content were both visible. Apple Maps got several upgrades, including a favorites menu, flight tracking and improved voice guidance.

iOS 14 was released in September 16, 2020. Social media users and professional reviewers weren’t necessarily impressed with the rollout. Many complained of battery issues, poor Wi-Fi connectivity and keyboard lags. Of course there were initial issues with practically all the new iOS roll outs due to thee rush by Apple to get as many users as possible downloading its latest operating system.

Meanwhile CarPlay was updated with several changes as a result of iOS 14.

What’s New With CarPlay?

The iOS 14 update did not bring any major new features or functionalities to CarPlay. But it definitely streamlined many functions, improved upon overall usability, and added aesthetic features as well. The most readily-noticeable difference is the addition of new wallpaper to the display. It’s still default color schemes provided by Apple; you cannot upload custom photos. However there are more choice with iOS 14.

The Share ETA feature can now be activated with Siri. This feature existed with iOS 13 as well. The difference is that you no longer have to use your hands. Siri does all the work. All you must do is tell Siri to Share ETA with one of your contacts. It automatically updates ETA’s when you encounter traffic or some other obstruction that slows or speeds up your route.

Siri is now able to send voice messages to your contacts as well. Simply tell Siri who you want the message delivered to, record it, and it’s automatically sent to the messaging app.

More iOS 14 updates for CarPlay

Previous versions of Carplay only allowed Apple Macs for navigation. iOS 14 allows Google Maps and Waze as navigational directories too. Apple Maps automatically shows charging station for specific electric vehicle – for those who have them. Siri itself also looks different on the display. The glowing icon is no longer the default when speaking to it.

Apple CarKey is also part of iOS 14. The idea is to eliminate key fobs so all you need in your pocket is an iPhone. CarKey is only available on certain devices, including, among others, Apple Watch Series 5, iPhone XR, iPhone 11 and iPhone Pro Max. The 2021 BMW 5 series is the first automobile to support CarKey. Apple said on its website that CarKey will also be available for iOS 13.

CarPlay wasn’t broke, don’t fix it

Many of the updates and improvements to CarPlay are negligible at best. It does support more apps now and is more customizable. It will take Apple the rest of 2020 to work out all the bugs due to the rushed release. But overall CarPlay is a better and more useful product than the iOS 13 iteration.

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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

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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CarPlay Just Got Better With Apple News and Apple News+

Apple’s CarPlay is the best thing to happen to car entertainment systems since the speaker, and people are quite satisfied with it:

“iOS 14 is now available for download on the iPhone 6s and newer, and needless to say, this is one highly anticipated release, all thanks to the many new features that are included.”

The thing that makes this much sweeter is that now, CarPlay users can listen to Apple News and Apple News+ on their device, as well. This feature was being rolled out step by step, according to some who said they noticed the new feature back in iOS 13.6, whereas others report to have not seen the feature until the most recent release of iOS 14.

Either way, now CarPlay users are granted access to Apple’s prestigious digital news and entertainment publication service in full band. This following the news that Apple became the most valuable public company ever, back in late July early August. The tech company continues to push the limits, and cater to their consumers by providing Apple News+ now fully rolled out as of the newest iOS release, iOS 14. 

But why is this so great? Well, it’s because “subscribers can now listen to audio stories with zero distraction, just like they’d be listening to their favorite music powered by the likes of Spotify and Apple Music.” ( 

What is Apple News?

Apple News+ is essentially an Apple user’s one-stop shop for the world’s most popular news and magazine publications, bringing a personalized, curated list of news and entertainment and audio stories to the user’s fingertips. Listening progress can also be synced across different devices. Start listening to a story in the house, and continue right where you left off, as you dip into the car on your way to the office.

“We’re committed to supporting quality journalism, and with Apple News+, we want to celebrate the great work being done by magazines and news outlets.”

Lauren Kern, Editor-in-chief of Apple News

It Works With Regular Apple News

Of course you get more with Apple News+, but you don’t need it to get Apple News in your car with CarPlay!

Apple News+ includes titles such as the likes of The Atlantic, Better Homes & Gardens, Bon Appétit, Condé Nast Traveler, ELLE, Entertainment Weekly, ESPN The Magazine, Esquire, Food & Wine, Good Housekeeping, GQ, Health, InStyle, Martha Stewart Living, National Geographic, New York Magazine, The New Yorker to name a few, as well as The Wall Street Journal.

“We think the breadth and quality of publications within Apple News+ will encourage more people to discover stories and titles they may never have come across before.”

I remember seeing these big name magazines sprawled out on the table at home when I was younger. Now that the digital age is upon us, it’s to see them still going strong, and being adapted to the new age in digital format, and enhanced by a company like Apple.

CarPlay Continues to Stay Ahead

With this news, the Apple CarPlay experience just got better. Staying up-to-date with the world’s most popular publications brings more sophistication to the CarPlay experience. CarPlay isn’t just another app: it’s one’s key to the world. 

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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.” (

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!” (

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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Enhance your classic Porsche by adding Apple CarPlay.

CarPlay for Porsche

Porsche offers the Porsche Classic Communication Management (PPCM) and the (PPCM Plus) which allows you to seamlessly upgrade your analog classic radio. Now you can have the functionality of DAB for digital radio reception, Apple CarPlay and Google Android Auto for connecting your smartphone to your classic Porsche. The PPCM is designed to match the vintage look and feel of the car and replaces the existing system.

You might be surprised at the cost of this technological upgrade. The pricing for the smaller PCCM is about $1,550 and $1730 for the PCCM Plus. And this doesn’t include the cost of installation.

You might be considering doing the installation yourself. But this is not a do it yourself project. A Porsche dealer is your best bet for installation. 

When you order your radio navigation system it includes the following:

  • Head unit
  • The radio keys to remove existing radio
  • Chrome knobs and Black plastic knobs
  • Mounting Velcro
  • Harness Adapter
  • Micro SD card adapter
  • Antenna for GSP
  • Media hub for ISB or iPod
  • Cables
  • Quick start guides
  • User Manuals

If you’re using a Nokia system, you will require another Nokia cable.

It is imperative that your Porsche have the factory radio harnesses in tack. If you have an after market radio, you may need to find an original set of harnesses to rewire your system. 

Also make sure to tell the installer you want your antenna placed in the right corner on the dash using a metal base plate for better performance.  If you are not sure where you want your microphone installed, check the dash for a dummy panel. It will work as a perfect place for the microphone. 

The Porsche Classic Communication Management (PCCM) 

Part number 91164559000 (EU) is available for the following Porsche models:

914 (1970-1976),
911 F (1965-1973),
911 G (1974-1989),
964 (1989-1994),
993 (1994-1998),
959 (1987-1988),
924 (1976-1988),
944 (1982-1991),
968 (1992-1995),
928 (1978-1991)

The Porsche Classic Communication Management Plus (PCCM Plus) 

Part number 99664259000 (EU) is available for the following models:

986 (1997-2004)
996 (1998-2005)

Unfortunately, the systems won’t work with the Porsche 977 generation and there are no plans to release one in the future. For more information on setting up Apple CarPlay and the cost to install a PCCM, feel free to contact your local Porsche dealer.

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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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2020 CarPlay Changes

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2020 CarPlay changes out of the Apple WWDC 2020:

Apple held its annual WWDC June 22, 2020, meeting virtually via a streaming broadcast from Apples Cupertino, California Apple Park mothership.

See the video intro, featuring the opening keynote from Apple CEO Tim Cook, along with OS announcements for each Apple device, here.

The update to Apple CarPlay has generally described as “minor,” but some interesting new capabilities have been added to the app.

iOS 14 Changes

While not a CarPlay-specific update, the iOS 14 update for iPhone includes new electric vehicle routing. This enables drivers of electric vehicles to plan their trip routes according to where charging stations are available along the way.

Significant improvements to Siri have also been made, which can be helpful when you’re driving and need to find information using your voice while keeping your eyes on the road and your hands on the wheel.

The biggest of the 2020 CarPlay changes is probably the new ability to unlock and start your car using your iPhone. We provide more details on this capability in another post.

CarPlay now has a new set of wallpapers to choose from, and it supports three new types of apps – parking, electric vehicle charging, and quick food ordering.

Compatible Devices

If you have an older iPhone, you will not be able to access these new features, as iOS 14 is compatible with newer devices, and that leaves out everything from iPhone 6 going back. The 7th generation iPod touch will run the system, as will 1st and 2nd gen iPhone SE, 6s and 6s Plus, 7 and 7 Plus, 8 and 8 Plus, X, XR, Xs and Xs Max, 11, 11 Pro, and 11 Pro Max.

Once things are back to a more normal state, you might want to visit the Apple Park visitor center. The address is 10600 N. Tantau Ave. in Cupertino, CA. Hours are typically 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday.

If you’d like a peek inside the circular Apple Park world HQ building itself, which has a circumference of nearly a mile, here’s a YouTube tour of the facility and its road to life from proposal through construction and completion.

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