With the recent iPhone 6 and 6 Plus reveals, there has been a lot of exciting buzz surrounding Apple. Whether it was the two iPhone’s, the Watch, or CarPlay – Apple was surely the topic of discussion at many water coolers around the world.
Apple CarPlay, which was officially announced back in March, is a vehicle-based infotainment system which allows drivers to use a number of iOS features through voice activation. At first glance this is nothing new; however, when you consider all the features it will encompass, you are sure to be impressed – and maybe even a little jealous if you aren’t one of the lucky few who have it already. The various features will include hands free calling, message notifications, maps/navigation, and music streaming.
Simply using your voice you will be able to make calls and even respond to text messages. Also, the maps feature is perhaps the nicest and most practical part about the whole thing. You will be able to speak a destination, the microphone will pick it up, and it will immediately pull up available routes just as it would on your phone, but this will be much more convenient and safer for most people. There is a very nice webpage Apple has setup to walk you through all these new features that CarPlay makes available.
It will surely be a part of every car brand, – or every brand that’s smart at least – but Apple is only introducing it in a select few brands to start out. At this point in time it’s only available in the latest Ferrari models, and obviously not everyone can afford a Ferrari. However, it will be coming to Preston Hyundai in time for some of the later 2015 models! Among those to be included are the Hyundai Sonata’s. The new 2015 Sonata Eco and Sport Editions will have a 5.5” touchscreen coming standard, and that is what will enable use with Apple CarPlay. With this new technology, the Hyundai Sonata is sure to be one of the most sought after sedans coming off of Preston Automotive lots in 2015.
Now, you don’t necessarily need a 2015 Sonata in order to use this new CarPlay technology. Pioneer and Alpine audio systems are making it possible to outfit any automobile with CarPlay. One of these systems – excluding installation – will run about $800. So, if you’re like us and can’t wait for Apple CarPlay, you will have these various options coming up in the near future!