Apple CarPlay interface updated with latest iOS 13 update

4 Jun
Apple CarPlay iOS 13The refreshed Apple CarPlay interface shown Monday at the tech firm's Worldwide Developers Conference marks a major cosmetic and functional overhaul for the in-car smartphone interface and opens up the ability for third-party apps to work with the Siri virtual assistant. The updated CarPlay interface will arrive with an iOS 13 update this fall and...

Apple CarPlay, Android Auto added to 2018 Mazda 3

11 Oct
2017 Mazda 3The 2018 Mazda 3 compact sedan and hatchback joined the ranks of compact cars available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. CarsDirect reported Wednesday that Mazda dealers were instructed to upgrade Mazda 3 Touring and Grand Touring trim levels with Apple and Android smartphone compatibility for free. The automaker isn't including...

2019 Nissan Sentra adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto

16 Aug
2019 Nissan SentraThe long-servicing 2019 Nissan Sentra gets a few important updates and a slight price bump for the new model year, highlighted by Apple CarPlay and Android Auto on most trim levels. The 2019 Nissan Sentra S now starts at $18,685 including a mandatory $895 destination charge, and comes standard with a 1.8-liter four-cylinder engine making 124...

2019 Toyota Camry, Sienna add Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa

13 Aug
2018 Toyota Camry XLE HybridThe Venn diagram overlap between Toyota shoppers, Apple iOS users, and Amazon Prime members now includes the 2019 Toyota Camry mid-size sedan and 2019 Toyota Sienna minivan. According to Cars Direct, the 2019 Camry and 2019 Sienna will come with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa compatibility when they go on sale this fall. MORE: Developer derby...

Developer derby: Amazon enters automotive arena with Alexa Auto voice-activated software

10 Aug
Amazon Alexa familyForgot to turn your smart thermostat down at home before leaving? No problem, Amazon said Thursday. Just ask your car to do it. The e-commerce giant released an Alexa Auto Software Development Kit for new vehicles as a way to incorporate key functions of the voice-activated software into vehicle infotainment systems. MORE: AAA study finds...

Mazda finally gets on board with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto in U.S.

31 Jul
Mazda Apple CarPlay connectivityAnd then there were three—or maybe four. With Mazda's announcement Tuesday that its 2018 Mazda 6 mid-size sedan will soon be Apple CarPlay- and Android Auto-compatible (and retrofittable), just a handful of major new car brands lack support for iOS and one more isn't on board with Google. The holdouts? Jaguar, Land Rover, and Infiniti. Add...

Mazda adds Apple CarPlay, Android Auto capability to global, but not US models

18 Jul
Mazda Apple CarPlay connectivityMazda said last week that it will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability to some of its new cars—but American drivers will have to wait. New and existing global Mazdas fitted with the MZD Connect system will gain compatibility both services as an option beginning next month, but as for when Mazda plans to roll this out in U.S. models...

Apple CarPlay upgraded to add Google Maps, Waze with iOS 12

4 Jun
Apple CarPlay, in 2016 Hyundai SonataApple said Monday that the latest version of its operating system will allow for third-party navigation apps such as Google Maps and Waze to display through its updated CarPlay system. The announcement came as part of Apple's iOS 12 operating system debut at its annual Worldwide Developer Conference in California. At the conference, Apple showed a...

Car hacks: how an old iPhone and in-car Wi-Fi gave me free navigation

7 Feb
Chevrolet Bolt EV with Apple CarPlayCar hacks are little ways to make your time in a car easier, quicker, smarter, or more convenient. Auto journalists have a few of their own, but we learn a lot of them from readers. Here's one from Jay Lucas. What follows are his words, lightly edited by The Car Connection for clarity and style. I recently replaced my wife's old iPhone 5 with an...