If you love your Apple iPhone, you’ll love Apple CarPlay, a simplified iOS interface for your car that handles a range of basic functions so you can keep your eyes on the road while still enjoying the tech features of your phone. Whether you buy a car that comes stock with a CarPlay system or have an aftermarket head unit installed, the result is a user-friendly experience that transfers seamlessly from your iPhone to your car and back again.
Because aftermarket Apple CarPlay units typically fall on the pricier end of the car stereo receiver market, you might be wondering about the benefits of an integrated system compared to connecting your iPhone to an existing receiver via Bluetooth or auxiliary inputs. Above all, the answer is “simplicity,” but here are a few concrete benefits of Apple CarPlay to consider:
Fewer distractions, more safety with Apple CarPlay
According to the Department of Transportation, distracted driving is officially the top cause of all car accidents in the US, and mobile phones contribute the most to overall distraction-related crashes. Texting, talking, checking maps, and selecting music takes your eyes off the road. Apple CarPlay not only has a large screen with a limited number of essential apps displayed, but enabling the “Hey Siri” function also allows you to be completely hands-free.
Effortless navigation in your car right from your iPhone
Aftermarket navigation systems might be helpful on a basic level, but they’re not upgradable to account for the latest technology or updates to actual streets and highways. The Maps app on Apple CarPlay updates with your iPhone to provide the most accurate information along with real-time traffic data, all displayed on a large screen that’s easy to read at a glance. Plus, the Maps app can partner with Siri’s search function to find the nearest gas station or restaurant on the go.
High-quality streaming music with Apple integration
Apple CarPlay might be a top-of-the-line iPhone integration system, but it’s also a top-notch car stereo receiver that offers high-quality audio, whether you’re streaming radio or choosing from your own personal music library. Unlike listening to music through Bluetooth-connected phones, music on Apple CarPlay benefits from the improved audio fidelity of a direct USB connection to your iPhone.
Hands-free texting with CarPlay and Siri
Most texts can wait until you’re not driving, but you won’t have to wait a second with Apple CarPlay’s Siri integration. Not only can you dictate text messages while hands-free, but Siri will also read your incoming texts to you. And the chances of dictation mistakes or misinterpretations are low thanks to CarPlay’s built-in microphone, which captures your voice with more clarity than your iPhone alone.
Real-time reminders in your car
The reminder app on your iPhone might be useful for keeping your busy schedule straight, but it requires actually looking at your phone on a regular basis. Apple CarPlay features a function that links with your reminder app and calendar to provide audible reminders as soon as you enter or exit your vehicle. The function is optional for those who aren’t the forgetful sort, but for those who are, Apple CarPlay will make remembering important dates and events a breeze.
Ready to let Apple CarPlay make your life easier?
If you’re ready to eliminate distractions and significantly improve your driving experience, the car stereo experts at Stereo Depot can answer all your questions about Apple CarPlay and professionally install the equipment in your car. In fact, we offer free installation on all stereos purchased in-store, and in addition to standing behind all product warranties, we offer a lifetime warranty on labor. Give Stereo Depot a call at our San Diego location at (619) 736-9964 or our El Cajon location at (619) 873-4641.