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Following the announcement that Audi will be integrating CarPlay into its vehicle lineup next year, Apple has officially added 9 new CarPlay partners to its website: Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda and Ram. These car manufacturers have committed to integrating CarPlay into their vehicles in the future, meaning that Apple now has 29 total CarPlay partners.

Apple says that CarPlay should begin to appear in vehicles from Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Ferrari later this year, with additional car manufacturers following up next year and beyond. Aftermarket stereo systems with built-in CarPlay functionality will also be available from Alpine and Pioneer, although no timeframe is provided.… 

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CarPlay was introduced last year at WWDC as “iOS in the Car,” which sums it up pretty well. CarPlay works in tandem with Siri and touch-based controls to allow for smartphone users to access apps like Mail, Messages, Maps, Music and Phone from the dashboard of a vehicle. The feature is supported on the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 running iOS 7.1.1 or later.

CarPlay will also support a myriad of third-party apps, including Podcasts, Beats Music, iHeartRadio, MLB At Bat, Spotify and Stitcher. These apps can be controlled by voice or by using in-car knobs and controls. The feature is all about extending iOS to the car, an effort that Google is looking to mimic with its recently announced Android Auto platform.

Are you looking forward to using iOS in the car?

  • moofer

    Yes

  • Merman123

    Waiting for Volkswagen ..

    • Stefano

      Seriously. What’s going on with VW!?

  • Mike

    How do I get it in my car? Is this for new cars only, or are cars going to be retrofitted to support CarPlay?

    • James Gunaca

      I’m really hoping some 2015 models just get a software upgrade. But it’s going to depend on the touch screens in the car, they probably have to already meet a certain spec to be CarPlay compatible and if they don’t meet that spec, it will have to be a future model year that does.

      But there are also aftermarket providers (like Pioneer) who will sell devices that can be installed on older cars.

  • James Gunaca

    Yes, really looking forward to it. And not just being forthcoming but actually in cars I can go buy. Mercedes and Ferrari integration means nothing to the 99% of us.

  • Chris Gaunt

    Who’s emblem is that between Dodge and Fiat?

    • Toshke

      That is DS, a model from Citroen. It’s not a manufacterer…

    • Mark Hense

      I just bought a 2015 honda fit and no car play!!! pisses me off, got to use hondas apps that are crappy

      • Rick Roberts

        Which is exactly why I am holding off on buying a Fit until Honda can promise me there will be a software update.

  • neez

    Actually I’m really disappointed that it took so long to this happen. I mean, I can’t believe that both android and iOS options will be available only on the next years on major car company’s. IPod integration in the car exists badly implemented for years now for example, and after 7 years of iPhone only now we’ll have a better integration. Is everybody sleeping or what? This should had happened at least 5 years ago… It was inevitable…