Why isn’t CarPlay an app on iPhones?

Discussion in 'Apple Music, Apple Pay, iCloud, Apple Services' started by nrvna76, Jun 6, 2019.

  1. nrvna76 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2010
    Wondering why people think Apple didn’t give the ability to mount an iPhone with CarPlay running. Android auto can do this and it seems it would be easy and not require a separate touchscreen. Just mount the phone, and run the app.
  2. CTHarrryH macrumors 68000

    Jul 4, 2012
    I don’t really understand what you are asking. CarPlay just displays apps that are on our iPhone on a car screen. You can just run the app you want if car doesn’t have CarPlay
  3. nrvna76 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2010
    Similar to this. Android auto running on the device itself without the need for a compatible head unit.

  4. mnsportsgeek macrumors 68000

    Feb 24, 2009
    Ya this would be a nice feature. I wish Apple implemented it.
  5. AustinIllini macrumors demi-goddess


    Oct 20, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Because it's not the functionality Apple intended.
  6. nrvna76 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2010
    Ok, then what did they intend? If they are committed to safety, which is how they pitch CarPlay. Wouldn’t this be a good option so you don’t have to buy a new car or head unit just to get it?

    It’s probably down to money, but it’s disappointing nonetheless.
  7. Vlad Soare, Jun 7, 2019
    Last edited: Jun 7, 2019

    Vlad Soare macrumors member

    Vlad Soare

    Mar 23, 2019
    Bucharest, Romania
    The purpose of CarPlay is to integrate apps on the iPhone with the car's native hardware (steering wheel buttons, infotainment display, speakers, etc.).
    If you're willing to stick your phone to the dashboard and to use it directly, without any car integration, then why do you need CarPlay? You can simply open any app you need and use it normally. Not to mention that you'll get the full functionality of the phone, without being limited to just a few select apps and to just a fraction of their standard features.
  8. WebHead macrumors regular

    Dec 29, 2004
    Well, judging by the Android example above, it gives an easier/safer interface to use while driving. But Apple would probably consider it an inferior user experience compared to fully fledged CarPlay.

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