Apple CarPlay is the in-car infotainment system developed by Apple. It was first launched in 2014, well before Android Auto. As such, the list of compatible cars is significantly more extensive than Android Auto’s, so it’s likely more people already have a vehicle that can take advantage of it.
With CarPlay, you can connect your iPhone to your car’s display, giving you access to a host of features, such as navigation, music, and the Siri voice assistant, which you can invoke with your voice to control your music, send text messages, and receive , and request directions.
The main benefit of using CarPlay is that you can stay connected and use your iPhone’s features without having to take your eyes off the road. For example, you can use Siri to make calls, send text messages, and play music without having to physically interact with your iPhone. In addition, CarPlay supports a wide variety of third-party apps, including Spotify and Audible.
Many modern cars with rich units in the dashboard typically support CarPlay over a USB connection, especially if they were made after 2014. Some newer cars can do this wirelessly. In total, more than 600 vehicles support Apple CarPlay. You’ll want to check your specific make and model manual to see where you end up, what you can do Apple’s website here.