CarPlay

Alpine debuts 7-inch in-dash receiver with wireless CarPlay

Alpine debuts 7-inch in-dash receiver with wireless CarPlay

Alpine, the aftermarket car accessories maker, has taken to CES 2017 to announce its first in-dash receiver/infotainment system with wireless support for Apple's CarPlay. Dubbed the iLX-107, the unit features a 7-inch touchscreen, but more importantly it will allow iPhone users to connect their device over WiFi instead of a Lightning cable.

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Sony XAV-AX100 Now Shipping, Adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to your Ride

Sony XAV-AX100 Now Shipping, Adds Apple CarPlay and Android Auto to your Ride

Back in August we first talked about the Sony XAV-AX100 car audio system. The big features of the device is that it brings both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay to vehicles that didn't come with that capability from the factory. When the AX100 was first announced it was set to launch in late November. It is available now via Amazon.com for $499.99.

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Apple CarPlay gains 50 new car models, over 200 vehicles now supported

Apple CarPlay gains 50 new car models, over 200 vehicles now supported

Support for Apple CarPlay is booming right now with Apple having unveiled via the CarPlay website that 50 new automobiles now have, or will have CarPlay support. That brings the total number of vehicles supporting CarPlay to over 200. The 50 new rides include a number of coming 2017 model vehicles.

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The government wants to cripple your phone while driving

The government wants to cripple your phone while driving

US driving safety regulators are pushing for a strict limit on what smartphone tech can be used in the car, recommending phones go into lockdown when plugged into the dashboard. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has published its first set of guidelines on driver distraction for portable and aftermarket devices, effectively outlining its goals for cutting down on unsafe smartphone use while at the wheel. Though not a law, it's nonetheless a strict set of suggestions for how platforms like iOS and Android should behave, including limitations on apps and features that may leave drivers frustrated.

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Apple must take its iPhone 7 AirPods decision and run with it

Apple must take its iPhone 7 AirPods decision and run with it

If you're not already sick and tired of hearing arguments about Apple's iPhone 7 headphone jack decision, don't worry: give it a few days and you'll be ready to strangle yourself with your outmoded 3.5mm cable. Whether or not I agree the decision to ditch the legacy - but apparently beloved - port was as "courageous" as Apple's Phil Schiller argued on stage this week, there's one thing I'm pretty certain of, though: Apple will not reverse course.

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Sony XAV-AX100 car audio system supports CarPlay and Android Auto

Sony XAV-AX100 car audio system supports CarPlay and Android Auto

Sony has launched a new in-car receiver that brings any car the audio device will fit into compatibility with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The audio system is called the XAV-AX100 and brings lots of smartphone connectivity to your car. The AX100 has high-powered sound and ExtraBass technology and has a knob to adjust volume.

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VW’s SEAT gets first automaker app into Apple’s CarPlay

VW’s SEAT gets first automaker app into Apple’s CarPlay

CarPlay may be Apple's attempt to redress the dashboard in an iOS outfit, but Spanish automaker SEAT has managed to squeeze a little of its own tech into the iPhone-powered infotainment. The company has launched a CarPlay compatible version of its SEAT DriveApp, which allows vehicle data and servicing information to be checked while still within Apple's interface.

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Hyundai brings CarPlay and Android Auto to Veloster and Azera models

Hyundai brings CarPlay and Android Auto to Veloster and Azera models

Hyundai has brought CarPlay and Android Auto to the 2015 and 2016 Azera, as well as the 2016 Veloster, Sonata Hybrid, and the Sonata Plug-in Hybrid. The software can be installed yourself (versus going to a dealer), and brings the same smartphone integration you’ll find on 2017 Hyundai models. The software can be accessed through MyHyundai.com, but those who aren’t comfortable installing it themselves can also pay a Hyundai dealership to do it.

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Ford SYNC 3 brings Apple Carplay, Android Auto to all 2017 models

Ford SYNC 3 brings Apple Carplay, Android Auto to all 2017 models

While the push for self-driving cars may have gotten a slight hiccup with scrutiny over Tesla-related accidents, the drive to make cars smarter, at least by proxy, hasn't died down one bit. Case in point, Ford has just announced the availability of its SYNC 3 connectivity platform to its entire 2017 lineup, making Apple CarPlay and Android Auto available to all customers, whether they're buying a car, SUV, light truck or even an electric vehicle.

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KIA announces free CarPlay and Android Auto updates for select models

KIA announces free CarPlay and Android Auto updates for select models

KIA Motors of America has announced a new initiative that will help keep the automaker quite competitive in the world of connected driving. KIA says it will upgrade a number of models featuring either an eligible navigation system or its own UVO3 navigation platform to support Apple's CarPlay or Android Auto. Perhaps the most exciting part of this announcement is that the upgrades will be free to owners of these KIA models.

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5 awesome iOS 10 features that didn’t get WWDC 2016 demos

5 awesome iOS 10 features that didn’t get WWDC 2016 demos

With its super-fast rundown of ten of the top features of iOS 10, there's no denying that WWDC 2016 packed as much of the iPhone platform in as possible. Billed as the biggest release for iOS users so far, features like a supercharged Messages experience, a new Home app for HomeKit control, and a much smarter Siri all promise to have an impact every day on how we use our iPhones and iPads.

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Hyundai rolls out DIY smartphone integration update

Hyundai rolls out DIY smartphone integration update

If you've been waiting to connect your iPhone or Android phone to your car, you won't need to wait for a newer, hi-tech model if you happen to already own a 2015, 2016 or 2017 Hyundai. The car maker is rolling out a software update that already adds that bridge to connect your existing car with your smartphone without undergoing any hardware upgrade. But best of all, Hyundai is allowing owners to download install the update themselves for absolutely no cost at all, provided they have the necessary authenticated numbers, of course.

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