Why Would you even want CarPlay?
Fellow F-Pacers --
I travel frequently, and I end up in a lot of different rental cars. Lately, I've been choosing the new Chevy models because they all have CarPlay. Which is awesome when you are traveling because you don't have to hook up bluetooth and sync your phone. You can just plug in and off you go!
However, for those that are clamoring for CarPlay in your FPACE have you ever actually used it? It's rubbish with only one redeeming quality.
1. Spotify - The spotify App on the F-PACE is 1000x better than the spotify App on CarPlay. The CarPlay app doesn't allow you to search, and looks like it's designed for a 3 year old with very limited motor skills. Yes, i realize it was designed for safety to be able to be used while driving etc.. still, designed for a 3 year old. Side by side comparison the InControl Spotify App is so much better than CarPlay
2. Crapple Maps - uhm, I mean Apple Maps. You can't use Waze with CarPlay. And who in their right mind uses AppleMaps? Plus, with ITCP we have a much more beautiful Nav system. yes, maybe there are some complaints on routes, etc. But with the ability to get extra data like traffic, or put the map in the dash, or use heads up turn directions, there is no need to use Apple Maps. I will admit, sometimes I do run Waze as well, but mostly to verify a route and also keep track of the local cops.
3. Siri - Yes, voice control of Text messages would be great. However, with "hey siri" after the latest update I think most of this is taken care of.
4. Other carplay apps? MLB At bat, audible, podcast, etc. Anyone use them? If so, good for you.
So what is the one redeeming quality? Apple allows you to use Carplay in the background. Meaning, that you can plug your phone in, leave it locked and it will work. Apple restricts this functionality from the ITCP Apps. Meaning your phone has to be unlocked and the screen on for this to work. That's my one big complaint. If i could leave my phone locked, I wouldn't have a complaint at all.
Guys, I'm an apple fanboy. I love it, got it all, iPhones, macs, iPads, apple watch, you name it.. but CarPlay, not that exciting to me.
Just my 2 cents, I'm sure there are those of you who feel differently!