Auto Manufacturers & CarPlay

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.

CarPlay Texting & Calls

How to Make and Receive Text Messages with Carplay

One of the best features of Apple’s Carplay is the ability it will give you to read and send texts simply, so you’ll stay safe while you are driving. For all of you CarPlay newbies out there, we’ll break down how you can start both sending and reading texts while driving, how to handle text emojis, and what happens when you are dealing with an attachment photo.

There are two ways you can both send and receive text messages when using CarPlay. You can either use CarPlay’s touchscreen, or you can ask Siri for some help. We’ll cover both ways you can send and receive text messages with CarPlay below.

Using the Touchscreen to Send and Receive Texts

You can use the touchscreen on CarPlay to send and receive texts. To get started, follow these steps:

  • Tap on the Messages selection on your CarPlay touchscreen.
  • If you want to hear your unread messages or respond to something, you’ll need to tap on the unread conversation.
  • If you want to send a new text, select the pencil icon you’d use when sending a new text on your iPhone.

Using Siri to Send and Receive Texts

If you prefer to use CarPlay’s hands-free features, then you’ll need Siri’s help to send and receive texts.

  • Activate Siri by saying, “Hey Siri,” or press your steering wheel control, if you have one, to get Siri’s attention.
  • If you want to hear a new text message you just received, then simply say, “Read my text messages.”
  • If you want to send a text message, then say “Text [contact name] I can meet you for dinner tonight.”

Emojis and Attachments

While it’s great that CarPlay can easily read you your texts and dictate your text message responses with Siri, what happens when somebody sends an emoji? CarPlay won’t leave out emojis in texts, so don’t worry. If somebody sent you an emoji of a smiley in a message, CarPlay will read out the emoji’s description when you want to listen to your text messages.

Also, if you want to dictate to Siri to send a particular emoji, you simply describe that emoji. If you want to learn more about how Siri reads emojis out loud, or how to dictate to Siri to send certain emojis, you can check out this YouTube video.

CarPlay’s message system doesn’t handle photo or video attachments in your texts, so it won’t always be a great idea to reply to those types of texts while driving. After all, CarPlay is designed with safety in mind. Even if you use the CarPlay touchscreen to read messages back or to dictate messages, you won’t see the message thread on your CarPlay screen. Apple made CarPlay purposely like this to prevent distractions while you are driving.

Overall, CarPlay makes it much safer for individuals to both read and reply to texts while they are out driving. Using Siri to remain hands-free is probably your best option for safety while driving.