Apple CarPlay FAQ: A Guide to Connecting Your iPhone to Your Car

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Newer CarPlay-compatible apps on a 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country.

Newer CarPlay-compatible apps on a 2017 Volvo V90 Cross Country.

SUPPORTED APPS

Apple launched CarPlay with support for Spotify and iHeartRadio, later adding TuneIn Radio and has recently added a variety of apps.

Newer additions to the CarPlay compatibility list include Amazon Music, Audio Books by Audiobooks; Audio Book, a platform for spoken word audio and podcasts; CBS Radio News, which live streams news; Castro Podcast Player; Dash Radio, which offers commercial-free music; Digital Concert Hall; the app of the Berlin Philharmonic; and NPR One, which streams programs from NPR and local public radio stations.

Also on the list are MLB.com at Bat, the official app of Major League Baseball offering live games; RadioOrangeApp, which serves as a gateway to thousands of Internet radio stations; Overcast, a podcast player; Radio Deejay, a music app; Slacker, a customizable music app; and Stitcher, an audio news, sports, and entertainment app.

Volvo was the first automaker to demonstrate CarPlay when it first launched.

Volvo was the first automaker to demonstrate CarPlay when it first launched.

WHAT CARPLAY CANNOT DO

While Apple markets CarPlay as an interface to the car, it does not allow CarPlay to take over all vehicle functions. Siri cannot, for example, tune the car’s radio (although it can select local radio stations on the Tune-In Radio app) nor can it change the temperature in the passenger compartment.

Still, the CarPlay interface always includes a button to switch to the car’s native controls and the vehicle’s voice response system is typically available for non-CarPlay requests as well.

Jonathan Spira contributed to this review.

(Photos: Accura Media Group)

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