Steve Goldstein: I Tried Apple Carplay... So Should You
September 6, 2016 at 3:44 AM (PT)
AMPLIFI MEDIA's STEVE GOLDSTEIN writes in his latest "Blogstein" post, "How does APPLE CARPLAY really work with an iPHONE? How complicated is it to setup? Do the AM/FM buttons go away? I’ve read about it. I’ve written about it. But up until last week, I had never experienced it. So at the urging of JACAPPS COO BOB KERNEN, I went to my local HONDA dealer and with their assistance hooked my phone directly to a 2017 HONDA ACCORD. It is an eye opener and a window to the not- too-distant future.
"After plugging the phone cable into the car’s USB port, the connection was seamless. It immediately took over the screen in the 'center stack' and identified the CARPLAY compatible apps on my phone and placed them on screen, 8 at a time. The first screen automatically populates with APPLE’s default apps including phone, maps, messaging, audio books, owned music, podcasts (nice..) plus a HONDA button enabling a return to the car’s infotainment system.
"CARPLAY is a stripped down version of iOS and relies heavily on SIRI voice commands to keep the driver's eyes on the road and not the iPHONE's tiny screen. It only displays approved apps that have been simplified and modified to work in a car. Each app has a feature set designed to be easier and quicker to use in a moving vehicle. Since APPLE displays their native apps on the first page (they can't be moved), it is not until the second page that the first 8 of my 11 CARPLAY approved apps appeared.
"My compatible apps include PANDORA, iHEART, NPR ONE, SPOTIFY, WMMR, AUDIBLE, TUNE-IN and a few others. The order in which they appear is alphabetical."
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