CarPlay External

Renowned jailbreak developer Adam Bell is working on an interesting project that makes it possible to use CarPlay without the normal external display requirements. The tweak, which is currently a work in progress, will make it so that users can reap the benefits of the simplified CarPlay interface, without the need of buying an expensive CarPlay enabled head unit.

The possibilities for such a tweak are extremely interesting. For example, you could, in theory, mount an iPad in your car and use it instead of using your stock head unit. The benefits of using an iPad are multifaceted, with one of the main benefit being the better responsiveness of the iPad’s capacitive touchscreen over the resistive touchscreens found in many head units.

Bell has created a video to showcase his work thus far and it looks very promising. Step inside to see the preview, and find more details about this ambitious project.

Just hacking about with CarPlay…

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Bell has also posted a preview image of the CarPlay interface running on the iPhone 6 Plus:

CarPlay iPhone 6 plus

Needless to say, this is an amazing opportunity for people without CarPlay enabled head units to use the CarPlay interface. CarPlay makes it much safer to use iOS while driving, with bigger interface elements, and a more pronounced Siri presence so that your eyes can stay where they belong—on the road.

Although the project is very buggy at the moment, given Bell’s track history, I’d say it’s only a matter of time before this tweak becomes stable and it finds its way to Cydia. That moment can’t come to soon if you ask me. You can follow the progress of Adam’s CarPlay exploits on the official Reddit thread.

What do you think about using CarPlay on a device like an iPad or an iPhone? Does the prospect excite you?

  • Gaston Hojman

    What do you think? it will run on an ipad 2?

    • Andrew

      I hope so. I have one collecting dust and I’d love to use it for this.

    • Rak S

      Should do… Perhaps an iPad Mini 1 might be a better fit?

    • Gary le

      You wouldnt the underpowered ios devices to hang on you while driving lol

  • Onny Yeung

    that’s how it should be in the first place.

  • ClaudieX X

    THAT would be great !!!

  • Burge

    Already use my iPad mini as a satnav but this would be great.

    • ‘Ariff

      What app do you use for this? Waze?

  • QuarterSwede

    Now THAT’s a reason to jailbreak iOS 8.

  • Adrian

    I have a 2014 camaro with Siri eyes built in, but no CarPlay function on the 8″ touch display. So this tweak would be awesome!!!!

  • Jean-Francois Fortier

    Wooow that will definitely be a big part of my decision not to buy another gizmo for 2000$ built in my next car… I have being disappointed by oem car system … Especially BMW !!

    • Christian Mejía

      #firstworlproblems

    • Rak S

      Yep, the BMW interface is awful!!

  • Adam Keeler

    I was debating getting rid of my jailbreak because of no bitesms and no Auxo but now I’m keeping it with the prospect of something like this!

  • Rak S

    Really, really good idea. Only thing is that it’s not built in, so there could be a security issue. I know that, if I left a loose iPad in my car, in London, it wouldn’t be there for long, if you know what I mean.

  • Junior Allwood

    absolutely, I just installed my iPad mini in my dash. I can’t wait

    • Junior Allwood

      and I am jailbroken

  • singhay559

    This is the only reason I will consider apple products again. Developers are off the hinges with software integration

  • I just wish Apple would make a “Carplay App”, but that’s what we’ve got the Jailbreak community for.

  • Jude Dalida

    As long as it is compatible with ios 7 and up. I am happy.