How Apple CarPlay Works? Find Out Here

Apple users are sometimes perceived to be somewhat more attractive than an android users. Either this is the reason more people are opting for the latest iPhone as opposed to an Android device, or the fact that more and more people are starting to own iPhone’s brought this rather inaccurate thought to life. Either way, you are probably one of the attractive bunch and you want to know more about Apple CarPlay, likely because you own a car too.

Well, you have come to the right place, just keep reading.

What is Apple CarPlay?

Class is in session. Firstly, let us identify what Apple CarPlay is. It is a system that allows you to intelligently integrate your iPhone with your car’s radio or head unit system, making that radio or head unit act as a controller to your phone/iOS device. It is available on all models beginning with the iPhone 5, running an iOS 7.1 or later version. With CarPlay, you will be able to enjoy just a few of the hundreds of thousands of apps available on iOS.


The CarPlay enabled apps include:

  • Phone
  • Messages
  • Apple Maps
  • Apple Music
  • Calendar
  • Settings
  • Podcasts


And a few more. It also means you can use Siri, where she provides you with the ability of voice-input to either send or reply to text messages. The purpose of CarPlay is to discourage iPhone users from distracted driving whilst introducing them with an easy and well integrated lifestyle.


CarPlay will have you enjoying your life, bringing you an ease and comfort while driving.  Accessing your favorite music while driving will become very simple. As it has been said by the technological whiz, caraudiologic, when considering Apple CarPlay for your vehicle, it is essential to pick the right stereo to support the technology. With the best stereo for it, you can listen to your favorite playlists, get directions, and message your pals, all without ever taking your eyes off the road.

The history of Apple’s CarPlay

It started off with the concept of CarPlay being used and tested on the Apple iOS 4 feature known as ‘iPod Out.’ Back then, this idea of CarPlay was being produced by Apple with help from their German automotive partners, BMW. The BMW Technology Office USA provided Apple with the base on which this promising system arose. It appeared as early as 2011, though strictly in BMW vehicles shipped around the United States.


The project was so cool that it had a codename, Stark. Like Tony Stark. Due to corporate issues, the project’s official release date was pushed from January of 2014 to March of 2014, where it was launched as CarPlay at the Geneva Motor Show. Among the first car manufacturers to support the system were Volvo, Ferrari, and Mercedes-Benz. And from there it started growing to all interfaces, becoming the CarPlay it is today.

The hardware of CarPlay

Apple’s CarPlay is a very intelligent and intelligible system. With most of the software running on the iPhone or iOS connected device, the display and audio you see is more intricate than just that. It is a collaboration between what is already on your device and the interface of the CarPlay software. Depending on the type of vehicle you use, the CarPlay interface is so smart that it adapts to a various amount of display sizes and control interfaces. Whether that is by touch screen, steering wheel controls, or hands-free microphones, it does it all.


With iOS 9, the feature of wireless connectivity was added. This made it easier and possible to have your iPhone exchange credentials with a CarPlay receiver over Bluetooth. Once that is done, the system then establishes a two-way Wi-Fi connection making it flow seamlessly.

Vehicles that offer CarPlay

Most vehicles support and offer CarPlay with the exception of Lada vehicles and Tesla Motors vehicles. This means you do not have to worry about not having your phone integrate smoothly with your car’s system. Though, if you currently own a Honda, and are a Honda lover, you might want to trade your model for either a Gold Wing, or wait till 2020 to purchase the Africa Twin, as these are the only two Honda models that support the CarPlay system.

How to connect your device to CarPlay?

After learning all this information you must be thinking about how to connect to CarPlay. Well, here are the steps to set-up, configure, and use CarPlay.

  • Make sure your car is compatible

Though it probably is, it’s always good to check. You can check this by asking our dear friend, Google.

  • Go to menu

Go to your car’s menu and then open up App Connect. Its name could vary from one car to the other, though the meaning remains the same.

  • Select ‘Apple CarPlay’

You will probably have a few options pop up. Disregard them all and pick the one that reads, ‘Apple CarPlay.’

  • Plug the cable into the phone

Upon plugging the cable into your Apple device, likely an iPhone, one of two things will happen. Either it will automatically connect to CarPlay or you will have to manually choose the option of having the CarPlay system open up. A sign reading the words, CarPlay, will pop up on your phone’s screen.

  • Pair your device to the CarPlay system

You will then get a notification that says your car wants to connect with your device and all you have to do is accept by clicking on pair.

  • Go to CarPlay on your iPhone to configure

This next step is easy, all you have to do is open up settings, select General and select CarPlay. A message will pop up asking you how you want to use your CarPlay. Either on USB, Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi, depending on your car.

  • Congratulations, you are connected to CarPlay!

You may now enjoy what CarPlay has to offer by never having to take your eyes off the road.

Apple CarPlay is a breakthrough technology that has eased people’s lives and made a person’s whole driving experience much safer. You can use it to do almost anything necessary all whilst you are focused on your driving.


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