Apple CarPlay Wireless Adapter: Is It Worth It?
Apple CarPlay has been transforming the way drivers stay connected since 2014. The technology has become standard in several vehicles as automakers have implemented it into their cars. Wireless Apple CarPlay has undergone major changes over the years, but not everything has been rosy. Wireless Apple CarPlay has its problems. So, is it worth investing in a wireless Apple CarPlay adapter?
Apple CarPlay has made driving a little safer
The evolution of technology has put everything we want at our fingertips. Today, we rely on our smartphones for almost everything, including the weather, weather, navigation, phone calls, etc. While using your phone is easy, doing so while driving is dangerous. Therefore, when Apple introduced Apple CarPlay in 2014, it was a welcome idea among users.
The technology allowed drivers to send and receive text messages, make and receive calls, enjoy songs and podcasts, display the weather and navigate maps while driving without touching their phones or taking their eyes off the road.
However, in the early years, car manufacturers did not immediately jump on the technology. Many considered it a luxury and did not see its importance. It wasn’t until consumers started choosing models with integration that several manufacturers took notice.
Consumer changes have forced car manufacturers to integrate technology into the car’s infotainment system and ensure that it runs smoothly. Apple is building on the technology and recently announced its latest upgrade, iOS 16, which will change connectivity in the car once again.
With the upgrade, users can use the technology on any screen in the car, not just the main infotainment display. The upgrade promises increased integration and functionality, and will allow you to mirror your phone to handle various aspects of your car in real time.
Some of the functions you’ll be able to perform with the upgrade include map navigation, controlling heated seats, displaying the weather, and checking your EV or hybrid’s battery levels.
Is the wireless Apple CarPlay adapter worth it?
The Lightning cable is the main difference between wireless and wired Apple CarPlay. With wired CarPlay, you’ll need a Lightning cable to plug your phone into the car. With wireless CarPlay, you don’t have to remember to carry or worry about losing your Lightning cable because all connections are wireless.
Another plus is that with wireless Apple CarPlay, you can charge your phone faster than with wired CarPlay. This is because the USB ports in some older cars are made to play music, not charge phones. Therefore, using your cable to plug into the slot will charge your phone but at a slow pace.
However, that doesn’t mean everything is great with wireless Apple CarPlay. For starters, adapters are sold by other companies that aren’t licensed by Apple. Therefore, you are not guaranteed that what you have will work better than others. Also, the integration often has issues on initial pairing, forcing you to unplug the adapter, wait a minute, and plug it back in before it works.
Also, if you’re driving in a busy area with lots of Wi-Fi connections, you may run into interference issues. Some Reddit users have also complained of a 2-second delay when performing actions such as switching apps.
Android Auto or Apple CarPlay
Android Auto is Google’s answer to Android users. The integration works in the same way as Apple CarPlay and has similar features. However, Android Auto is ahead of its Google Maps counterpart thanks to its “pinch and zoom” feature.
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