Some 2018 Lexus Vehicles Eligible for $199 Software Update to Add CarPlay Support

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Lexus recently announced that it is bringing CarPlay to some older vehicles, following the launch of CarPlay in new 2019 Lexus vehicles last September.

    CarPlay can be installed in the 2018 LS, LC, RC, RC F, and NX, and as pointed out by iPhone in Canada, the new CarPlay options are available in both the U.S. and Canada.


    According to Lexus, 2018 and 2019 vehicles equipped with a Lexus Multimedia System can have an enhancement installed that adds CarPlay compatibility along with support for Alexa. A full list of eligible vehicles is below:

    [*]2018 LS
    [*]2018 LC
    [*]2018 RC and RC F
    [*]2018 NX
    [*]2019 NX (produced before October 2018)
    [*]2019 RC F (produced before October 2018)
    [*]2019 ES, without factory navigation (purchased before October 2018)

    Lexus says that it is "pleased" to offer the software enhancement for $199, and Lexus owners who are interested should contact their Lexus dealer for more information.

    Lexus says that new software will be installed on the Lexus Multimedia System to add the CarPlay feature, and a Lexus dealer is required to install the update.

    CarPlay is already available in select 2019 Lexus vehicles including the 2019 UX crossover and the 2019 Lexus ES.

    Lexus and parent company Toyota were among some of the last major car manufacturers to introduce support for CarPlay, instead supporting the SmartDeviceLink platform from Ford and Livio.

    The wide availability of CarPlay spurred Toyota to reverse course and support Apple's platform after all, and the first 2019 Toyota and Lexus vehicles with CarPlay were announced in early 2018.

    Article Link: Some 2018 Lexus Vehicles Eligible for $199 Software Update to Add CarPlay Support
  2. sundog925 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 19, 2011
    Can someone please explain to me how in 2019, this is still not a universal standard thing?

    Car Play debuted 5 years ago, and EVERYONE owns iPhones, why WOULDN'T car makers want this in their vehicles?

    Still surprised insurance doesn't require something like this.
  3. tkukoc macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Wish I Was In Space!
    "Lexus says that new software will be installed on the Lexus Multimedia System to add the CarPlay feature, and a Lexus dealer is required to install the update."

    If they are required to install it then why should anyone pay money for this? Not to mention it's CarPlay.. this should absolutely be universal. Such a scam!
  4. kevmclane macrumors regular


    Sep 16, 2017
    Typical overpriced luxury tricks. A few years ago I upgraded my then 2016 Ford to support CarPlay with a simple $70 part which you can buy today for only $30...
  5. repoman016 macrumors member


    Mar 28, 2017
    Sometimes I think the same thing when i see some of the new car displays that look worse than an ipad from 10 years ago. How is the technology so far behind? why is the GUI so bad and the buttons so laggy?

    my dad has a 2015 and the touch display looks worse than a game boy color and the response time is terrible.
  6. erinsarah macrumors 6502

    Mar 17, 2011
    I wonder if they're going to charge an extra $200 labor on top of that $199, like Mazda is doing? I'm still pissed about that.
  7. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Car companies need to pay apple (and google) for the rights for these features and they don't want tolol. That is likely the beginning and end of it.

    As an aside, $199 upgrade is completely gouging the consumer here. You can get an entire aftermarket carplay head unit for under $300 these days.
  8. sundog925 macrumors 6502a

    Dec 19, 2011

    But my point is, the tech evolves.
    Cassette- CD Player- Bluetooth- Wifi- back up cameras- hands free, LANE ****ING ASSIST....yet Carplay? Oh we don't think its important.
  9. lordofthereef macrumors G5


    Nov 29, 2011
    Boston, MA
    Most of all the tech is developed in house. With carplay it is 100% licensed.

    I am not disagreeing with you, it's just carplay functionality is really compeltely outside the hands of the car companies. It works the way Apple wants it, not how they want it.
  10. MisterSavage macrumors 6502a


    Nov 10, 2018
    I also wonder why in 2019 so many built-in car infotainment are unbelievably horrendous. It seems like every time I rent a car I just shake my head.
  11. LovingTeddy macrumors 68000


    Oct 12, 2015
    I have driving my 2016 Toyota Corrola without Carplay for three years in the row now. And I have driving old Malibu for 6 years before that. I don't have problem with that.

    I rather want car have safety features, Carplay is nice feature but not necessary features. I will continue buy Toyota even if Toyota never offers Carplay. Toyota quality and reliability is so good, even lack of Carplay or Android auto is fine for me. Even if Hyundai or GM offers Carplay while Toyota doesn't, I would still buy Toyota.
  12. ls1dreams macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2009
    No IS or GS models? Blah.

    Frustrating that the Honda Accord even back in 2016 had this.
  13. frou macrumors 6502


    Mar 14, 2009
    I would say that across the entire world of electronics, crappy GUIs are the norm rather than an exception. It's easy to underestimate the sheer volume of institutional knowledge that a handful of firms including Apple uniquely possess, that enables them to actually deliver good results.
  14. Jeremy1026 macrumors 68020


    Nov 3, 2007
    A Lexus dealer is required to install it in that you can’t instal it yourself. Not in that they have to perform the update if they have your car and the software isn’t on it.
  15. TechZeke macrumors 68020


    Jul 29, 2012
    Rialto, CA
    Because these automaters(especially luxury) are trying to be fancy for the sake of being fancy. Just give me a knob and a touch screen. I don’t understand the need to deal with a fancy touchpad. At 60 mph, I don’t care if your infotainment is unique and fancy, I just want it to work.
  16. benshive macrumors regular

    Feb 26, 2017
    United States
    Wait, $199 for just a software update?
  17. magicschoolbus macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2014
    Same, but have you seen what it takes to do it yourself? They have to swap out the hub since the ports are not high power enough.. and you have to tear out the entire center console and even mid console to do it.. after seeing the photos of those that have tried it themselves.. I understand the labor charge. It’s not as simple as a computer flash. I might get it installed in my car this weekend as I just picked up a CPO Grand Touring CX3 AWD.. but I am not sure if I want to spend the money or not. If it were 200 i’d do it though.
  18. That70sGAdawg macrumors 6502a


    May 23, 2008
    Athens, GA USA
    Anyone who buys a Toyota & pays $10,000 extra for some increased hp & a wooden steering wheel (Lexus) should have to fork over $200 for a software update (says Toyota/Lexus)...

    My 2014 top of the line Rav4 Limited's "radio" crapped out after 38 months (out of warranty) & they wanted $4000 for a replacement. I went to a stereo shop & got a new Kenwood head unit that has Apple CarPlay AND Android Auto for $600.00 /. It Sounds better & the back up camera, parking asset, etc. all work fine.
  19. hagjohn macrumors 6502


    Aug 27, 2006
    There was probably some sort of CarPlay license you have to purchase and nothing about Apple is cheap, plus the time/labor to do the upgrade.
  20. sdilley14 macrumors 65816

    Feb 8, 2007
    Mesa, AZ
    Of course they wouldn't offer this in the IS model - the only Lexus I'm interested in buying.
  21. 2010mini macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2013
    What kind of BS is this? Charging an existing customer for plugging in a dongle and uploading software? Seriously Lexus?
  22. LovingTeddy macrumors 68000


    Oct 12, 2015
    Like Apple not including quick charge and cable, so you need go spend more money for quick charge and cable? If Apple can do that, Lexus is entitled to do so.
  23. Robert.Walter macrumors 65816

    Jul 10, 2012
    Nice anti customer move Toyota! Customer buys a premium vehicle from you and you nickel and dime them for a feature that you should have been providing for free 5 years ago.
  24. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    On the website it says it's a software update, nothing more.

    Apple CarPlay | Lexus+Alexa - Multimedia Enhancement

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