Can’t af­ford CarPlay?

Mac Format - - CARPLAY HANDS-ON -

Buy­ing a new car just for CarPlay isn’t ex­actly a value propo­si­tion. You might not fancy £350 plus in­stal­la­tion costs for a Pi­o­neer head unit, ei­ther. Your car may not be com­pat­i­ble with the Pi­o­neer, in any case. The ob­vi­ous al­ter­na­tive is sim­ply to use an iPhone or iPad and a good mount or dock.

The lat­est iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have larger screens than ever, mak­ing them even more ef­fec­tive in-car. For larger ve­hi­cles, an iPad mini can work re­ally well, too. Sev­eral apps in­clude a mode op­ti­mised for in-car use, with sim­pli­fied in­ter­faces and big but­tons for ease of use. The down­sides are twofold. The first is clut­ter. Mo­bile de­vices sit­ting in cra­dles and at­tached to charg­ing ca­bles sim­ply adds to dash­board mess. Your iPhone or iPad also won’t be fully in­te­grated. At the very least your car will also need to have Blue­tooth to en­able mu­sic stream­ing and hands-free phone calls through the mic and speak­ers.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.