Apple CarPlay could be an aftermarket add-on

There was one big downside to the launch of Apple CarPlay earlier in the week, that being the need to buy an expensive new car to use it. But that might not be the case.

In the original announcement, Apple flagged up just three vehicles that will be feeling the in-car Apple love initially, those being the FF from Ferrari, a new C-Class from Mercedes-Benz, and the XC90 SUV from Volvo. None of which come cheap (especially the first one). Other makers have been mentioned, but none soon and all involve that new car purchase (along with a recent iPhone, naturally).

However, there may be some light at the end of the tunnel for existing users. Mercedes-Benz has confirmed that it is looking at after-market installations of a CarPlay system, which obviously offers a way in for older cars. It said in a statement that its 'goal is to offer an after-market solution by the end of the year', which is some way off, but definitely a positive step.

It also sounds like the system isn't just going to be a rich man's plaything, with the full list of potential partners now including car makers across the spectrum, including BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Kia, Nissan, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota, although none have confirmed plans just yet.

But it does indicate that next year will be the year Apple CarPlay (or an updated variant) goes universal. In the meantime, Apple fanboys (or girls) will have to sit tight or dig deep into their savings for a car that's the price of a house in some towns.

Source: 9 to 5 Mac


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