Apple CarPlay? Meh.

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  1. schja01

    schja01 One of just a few in Chicagoland

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    My son just got his 2020 Corolla LE Hybrid. It comes with Apple CarPlay which he asked me to help him get it working. We got it working but honestly I don’t see what all the hubbub is about. As far as I can see it just makes an extra copy of the iPhone screen on the car’s LCD and changes the GUI a bit. Not sure the inclusion or lack of CarPlay would be a factor in my upcoming car purchasing decisions. The fact you need a cable is a step backwards IMO.
    I was expecting something that would knock my socks off but both are still on as are both of my shoes.
    Just my two cents.
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    It’s basically allowing users to use the car’s larger screen instead of mounting the phone on the windshield or air vent.

    The idea is that it reduces distraction by coercing users that these are the “approved” apps while driving and that they won’t be tempted to fiddle with other apps if they were using their phone directly.

    Google maps on a car’s screen is nicer since it is larger. But the in-app interface leave something to be desired. (Google does intentionally leave out feature on the iPhone version).

    But, like you, I find the need to plug in my phone every time a hassle. Since 2009, I’ve been able to get in and go and have the phone automatically connect for phone and music as well as having a built in nav. Only in certain cases, will I find plugging a phone in my convenient (like travelling on a road trip - it is easier to find things on the phone and just plug and go).
     
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    All in all, I’m fine with the O’Toyta () built-in NAV, call-making, text-reading, etc., although it certainly has its quirks, for sure...

    As I read it, the biggest benefit is that it’s both on the car’s screen and also integrated with your phone’s other functionality. So, for example, if somebody texts you a map link, you can navigate to it, as viewed on the car’s own screen.
     
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    I really appreciate the Carplay setup for navigation on longer trips.

    I got over the act of plugging it in along with buckling up my seat belt. Never felt like much of a tradeoff.
     
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    plugging it in is a first world problem

    the ease of map use on google maps is leagues ahead of toyota's nav choice.

    Plus it keeps the phone charged which is nice :)

    I wonder if wired has less of a dealy issue than bluetooth.
     
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    Trollbait It's a D&D thing

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    Bluetooth will also use more battery life.
     
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    I agree with most people here... at first apple carplay seems basic, BUT the small integrations like typing on the phone rather than the screen, having siri access, mirroring on a bigger screen, sound quality (vs. bluetooth), less lag, etc. I dont think I can go back to no carplay... Hence I waited for the 2020 prime.
     
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    i would just like it for google nav vs toyota trash
     
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    schja01 One of just a few in Chicagoland

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    Charging Pad.
     
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    If the car has it. Not all Carplay equipped cars do.
     
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    Forgot about that... HUGE HUGE perk.
     
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