Is Apple headed down another collaborative dead-end with CarPlay?



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I really like the sound of CarPlay, but until it becomes more widely available I’ll continue using “Harken For iPhone” in the car. It’s much easier to use than Apple’s music player (bigger text, large buttons/touch areas). There’s also “Harken” on the iPad but I need a new cradle for my iPad so I can’t use it at the moment.



I think it's way to early to jump to conclusions and makeup FUD before the system is even released to the public. Also there have been announcements that aftermarket systems maybe made for older cars as well.
And another thing is Apple puts a lot of work into making anything very easy and usable. If they thought for a second that CarPlay would not be easy to setup they would have never struck a deal with anyone period. The advantage to CarPlay is it would be mostly hands free using Siri. So you can make calls, answer calls, get voicemail, text, play music without ever touching the screen. Also CarPlay would use IOS from your iPhone or iPod Touch to run the system so all the controls on the cars screen would have the same look and feel as on the phone or iPod.

I hate negative stories about nothing, when the system hasn't been released to the public yet. This is a wait and see story. The answer lies with the car manufactures and sales with CarPlay installed and how much they will charge to have a CarPlay system.


Alfred Day

It seems that's the piece that gets missed in most of these partnerships is that the reason Apple products work so well is because they control the whole ecosystem.

Coincidentally, I just bought a Kia Soul on Sunday not knowing the CarPlay announcement was coming Monday. Kia is one of the companies saying they are planning to integrate CarPlay.

But the current nav/audio/infotainment system is an 8" capacitive touch display that is built on Android. While I hated the 2 weeks I spent on an Android phone, so far the in-car experience is just fine. I can't imagine, even if CarPlay is finally installed, having a burning need to go through whatever process will be necessary to get CarPlay up and running. It already integrates with my iPhone music and the Nav and Voice Recognition work really well. The only advantage CarPlay might have is working with text messages and that's just not enough to go to all the trouble.

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