Apple expands CarPlay availability to five new regions including Russia

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in iPhone edited April 2015
In an update to its iOS 8 Feature Availability webpage on Thursday, Apple announced the rollout of CarPlay services to five new countries, including Russia and Sweden.




With today's expanded availability, Apple device owners in Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Russia and Sweden can connect their iPhones to compatible infotainment systems and aftermarket head units.

Users in each of the five countries have access to full CarPlay functionality, including Apple Maps and a standalone launcher for Audiobooks, the latter being added as part of Apple's iOS 8.4 update on Tuesday.

The change comes one week after Apple added Brazil, China, India, Thailand and Turkey to the list of locales offering CarPlay support. Unlike today's update, only China was granted access to in-the-car Apple Maps. As of today, Apple's webpage still shows a lack of CarPlay mapping capabilities in the five other countries.

CarPlay debuted in March of 2014 as Apple's official in-car connectivity initiative, though enthusiasm from the automotive industry was muted. A year later, Apple has expanded its service to 25 countries and garnered support from all major auto makers, which collectively plan to integrate CarPlay into 40 new cars for the 2015 model year.

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  • Reply 1 of 9
    magman1979magman1979 Posts: 1,292member

    That's just peachy, but there is one problem...

     

     

    Canada, as an example, shows support for CarPlay... WHERE THE HELL ARE ALL THE CARS WITH CARPLAY THEN?! Every car brand I've tried that is supposed to support CarPlay up here, including Mercedes with their 2015 C300/C400 which was shown to run CarPlay, DOESN'T! And every sales associate I've asked from the different brands either knows nothing about it, or says it's been disabled by the manufacturer!

  • Reply 2 of 9
    nolamacguynolamacguy Posts: 4,758member
    magman1979 wrote: »
    That's just peachy, but there is one problem...

    <img alt="" class="lightbox-enabled" data-id="58036" data-type="61" src="http://forums.appleinsider.com/content/type/61/id/58036/width/500/height/1000/flags/LL" style="; width: 500px; height: 184px">


    Canada, as an example, shows support for CarPlay... WHERE THE HELL ARE ALL THE CARS WITH CARPLAY THEN?! Every car brand I've tried that is supposed to support CarPlay up here, including Mercedes with their 2015 C300/C400 which was shown to run CarPlay, DOESN'T! And every sales associate I've asked from the different brands either knows nothing about it, or says it's been disabled by the manufacturer!

    get an after market head unit.
  • Reply 3 of 9
    I understand that the details included a stipulation that Russia will move the Steve Jobs stature back out of storage and re-dedicate it in a public ceremony... :smokey:
  • Reply 4 of 9
    prolineproline Posts: 222member

    Makes sense. You'll never hear Cook say a bad word about human rights in Russia. As long as it doesn't affect his bottom line, their gays can rot in jail.

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    idreyidrey Posts: 647member
  • Reply 6 of 9
    Something new with iOS 8.3, you are asked on your ios device if you want to automatically enable Carplay when you connect to a specific head unit. Previously, you had to manually unlock it every time.

    Now, if Pioneer would add something similar to kill their stupid liability warning that pops up every single time... (I've got a 5000NEX head unit)

    But CarPlay is still very much a work in progress...
  • Reply 7 of 9
    frantisekfrantisek Posts: 755member
    Hope they have better Apple maps that we have in Eastern Europe. They are hopeless here. Especially satellite one. Blurry black and white madness.
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    Originally Posted by frantisek View Post



    Hope they have better Apple maps that we have in Eastern Europe. They are hopeless here. Especially satellite one. Blurry black and white madness.

    OMG that makes the maps here in Canada seem excellent, when they use 'satellite' images only 5+ years out of date and they are terminally behind in actually mapping roads.

     

    Apple seems to be spending all their effort doing 3d flyover maps for tourist-destination cities.

     

    Google is still kicking their a$$ in real-world map details that is useful every day, and not just 1 week a year.  Or to make a cool demo video.

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    Originally Posted by frantisek View Post



    Hope they have better Apple maps that we have in Eastern Europe. They are hopeless here. Especially satellite one. Blurry black and white madness.

     

     

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    Originally Posted by whatisgoingon View Post

     

    OMG that makes the maps here in Canada seem excellent, when they use 'satellite' images only 5+ years out of date and they are terminally behind in actually mapping roads.

     

    Apple seems to be spending all their effort doing 3d flyover maps for tourist-destination cities.

     

    Google is still kicking their a$$ in real-world map details that is useful every day, and not just 1 week a year.  Or to make a cool demo video.




    Believe it or not Apple Maps is better here in New Zealand than Google Maps in most cases. I don't use satellite maps because it's a waste of time. Apple's satellite images is still better than Google's though.

     

    https://www.google.co.nz/maps/place/118+Norana+Rd,+Timberlea,+Upper+Hutt+5018/@-41.1018856,175.1056636,556m/data=!3m1!1e3!4m2!3m1!1s0x6d40b2076cae7c35:0x5e78a43e84bfebd4

     

    Scroll a little bit upwards and you'll see a bunch of earthworks.

     

    Now go to Maps and type in:

     

    118 norana road, upper hutt

     

    Look at the difference between the two. Apple Maps is the correct one if still a little out of date now.

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