Porsche Provides New Features Within Apple CarPlay

Matthew Guy
by Matthew Guy

While certain other companies (ahem, General Motors, ahem) are busy and inexplicably running away from Apple CarPlay, brands like Porsche are making a concerted effort to further integrate the tool into their vehicles.


It makes sense, since CarPlay – and Android Auto – are not new software but instead extensions of tools with which most of the public is intimately familiar since many tend to shove their faces into their phones 200 times per day. At present, many permutations of these systems force users to pop back out of the device interface and back into the vehicle’s native display just to complete a task like adjusting ventilation settings on-screen.


The fact one could have done the same in a fraction of a second with HVAC physical dials and knobs is a conversation for another post. We digress.

Porsche feels it can do better than the current digital status quo. The updated My Porsche App combines vehicle functions with the CarPlay experience, including the ability to show images of the specific model – which is apparently very important to Porsche owners, don’tcha know. Some core vehicle functions may be adjusted in this manner, including audio settings like sound profiles, changing radio stations, adjusting settings for climate control, and fiddling with the all-important ambient lighting. Note the time stamp on these images from Porsche is 9:11. Well played.


Cynics will opine this is some sort of path to data gathering, and they may have a point. In order to set up the system, one may scan a QR code on the car’s touchscreen so the CarPlay experience can be properly upgraded from its current limitations. Still, this author thinks it is a better plan than the road GM is taking, binning these tools for one of their own design. As an aside, reports are surfacing that dealers are vacillating between alarmed and unimpressed about The General’s efforts so far, saying they don’t know the new system’s name and benefits have yet to be outlined.


[Images: Porsche]


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Matthew Guy
Matthew Guy

Matthew buys, sells, fixes, & races cars. As a human index of auto & auction knowledge, he is fond of making money and offering loud opinions.

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  • VoGhost VoGhost on Jul 11, 2023

    "While certain other companies (ahem, General Motors, ahem) are busy and inexplicably running away from Apple CarPlay,..." Oh, this is easy to explain. Whoever owns the customer interface owns the customer. And the automaker soon becomes a low margin metal basher, while Apple takes all the profitability.

    This is one of the few decisions GM has made that I think was smart, although if they don't learn to manufacture EVs at scale, they're doomed regardless.

    • Redapple2 Redapple2 on Jul 11, 2023

      This is one of the few decisions GM has made that I think was smart,................. Yes: for GM, maybe. If this yields them a NET profit. But they will lose customers. Add it to my list - NO WAY GM Because............

  • Master Baiter Master Baiter on Jul 11, 2023

    "The fact one could have done the same in a fraction of a second with HVAC physical dials and knobs is a conversation for another post. We digress."


    That's what I like about my Macan. It has physical controls for those functions so I can stay in CarPlay virtually all the time.

  • Bob65688581 We bought zillions of German cars, despite knowing about WWII slave labor. Refusing to buy something for ideological reasons is foolish.Both the US and the EU have imposed tariffs, so the playing field is level. I'll buy the best price/quality, regardless of nationality.Another interesting question would be "Would you buy one of the many new European moderate-price EVs?" but of course they aren't sold here.Third interesting question: "Why won't Stellantis sell its best products in America?"
  • Freshblather No. Worried there will be malicious executable code built into the cars motherboard that could disable the Chinese cars in the event of hostilities between the west and China.
  • Bd2 Absolutely not - do not want to support a fascist, totalitarian regime.
  • SCE to AUX The original Capri was beautiful. The abomination from the 90s was no Capri, and neither is this.It looks good, but too similar to a Polestar. And what's with the whacked price?
  • Rover Sig Absolutely not. Ever.
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