Apple quietly updated its website to highlight how widely used CarPlay is. Perhaps Tim Cook wants General Motors to think again. General Motors said at the end of March that it would stop supporting CarPlay in its electrified vehicles. The business would choose to use a Google-built-in entertainment system instead. This action aligns GM with other manufacturers of electric vehicles like Tesla and Rivian, which have chosen to develop their own software experiences rather than use the well-liked in-car services provided by Apple and Google.
Apple appears to be subtly suggesting that leaving may not be such a smart idea, while GM has publicly stated its intentions to do so. According to an update to Apple’s CarPlay page, which was spotted by MacRumors, over 200 additional automobiles now support the in-car technology. According to Apple’s website, this extends the overall number of compatible automobiles to over 800. According to reports, the rise results from the addition of several 2023 and 2024 automobiles to the list.
Several automakers have already declared their desire to continue supporting CarPlay, despite the fact that GM may still be considering leaving it in the future. The major domestic rival of GM in the US, Ford, has already made it known that it intends to keep supporting CarPlay in its electrified vehicles.
Since certain EVs presently do not support the functions, we nevertheless provide Apple CarPlay and Android Auto because consumers value having simple access to and control over their smartphone apps, especially our EV clients. Even Rivian CEO RJ Scaringe admitted that the business may eventually include CarPlay if there is sufficient user demand. Rivian has never supported CarPlay.
It will be fascinating to watch if any more businesses declare their decision to discontinue CarPlay support, especially in light of Apple’s plans to introduce a next-generation experience that encompasses more than just the infotainment experience in future automobiles.