Apple Says CarPlay Now Available in Over 800 Vehicle Models as GM Plans to Phase Out Support in EVs

CarPlay is now available in more than 800 vehicle models sold in the U.S., according to a recently updated page on Apple's website. Until last week, the page said the in-car software platform was available in more than 600 vehicle models. Apple added many 2023 and 2024 vehicle models to the list as part of the update.

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The updated figure comes after GM announced that it plans to phase out CarPlay in future electric vehicles in favor of its own in-car software platform, developed in partnership with Google. The decision led to backlash from some customers given the immense popularity of CarPlay, but GM doubled down on the plans in an interview with The Verge last week, saying it is building a "holistically integrated" operating system with a "much-improved navigation and charging experience for future EV owners."

At WWDC last year, Apple stated that 79% of U.S. buyers would only consider a vehicle that works with CarPlay, and said the platform is available in 98% of vehicles sold in the country. "It's a must-have feature when shopping for a new vehicle," touted Apple.

Apple plans to introduce the next generation of CarPlay later this year, promising support for multiple displays across the dashboard, instrument cluster integration, built-in climate controls, an FM radio app, widgets, increased personalization, and more. Apple said the first vehicles with support for the new CarPlay experience will be announced later this year, with over a dozen automakers committed to offering it.

In related news, code on Apple's servers suggests that British automaker Lotus is planning to support Apple's digital car key feature in the Wallet app, which would allow future vehicles to be unlocked, locked, and started with an iPhone or Apple Watch.

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Top Rated Comments

moabal Avatar
8 months ago
GM can get bent. This will backfire on them greatly if they stick to their plans.
Score: 93 Votes (Like | Disagree)
centauratlas Avatar
8 months ago
I still don't see how GM thinks this is a good move. Everyone we know who has CarPlay in the car loves it. GM is shooting themselves in the foot. I wouldn't buy a car without it - unless there were no other options.
Score: 72 Votes (Like | Disagree)
macsplusmacs Avatar
8 months ago
American car buyers have been phasing out GM for a while.

That's it.

That's the tweet.
Score: 39 Votes (Like | Disagree)
callison Avatar
8 months ago
GM interiors always feel cheap to me. It would be on-brand for them to remove this premium experience for proprietary bloatware.
Score: 36 Votes (Like | Disagree)
chronos1919 Avatar
8 months ago

My 2015 GMC Canyon doesn't have CarPlay and I don't really miss it. I've driven/rented loads of cars with it, connected my phone etc. and it's nice to have, but I have my iPhone on a dash mount and frankly am not limited by the CarPlay UI.

It's certainly not a must-have and if you're daft enough to base the purchase of a vehicle on whether or not it has CarPlay, well I guess you can just be daft. It's about the least important factor when making a vehicle decision.
The least important part of the decision for you. No one is “daft” for having different priorities when purchasing a vehicle.
Score: 25 Votes (Like | Disagree)
GMShadow Avatar
8 months ago

I still don't see how GM thinks this is a good move. Everyone we know who has CarPlay in the car loves it. GM is shooting themselves in the foot. I wouldn't buy a car without it - unless there were no other options.
Because they want to make their solution a subscription, just like how they’ve been tacking on more charges for OnStar recently.
Score: 22 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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