Apple CarPlay is one of the coolest features on modern car radios. Apple CarPlay will allow you to screencast your phone or tablet screen straight to your car radio screen.
As you can imagine, some pretty awesome things can be accomplished with that.
On this page, we are going to take a peek at what we believe are the best Apple CarPlay apps, that’ll we’re sure you are going to be downloading in a few moments.
People love to listen to music in their vehicles, and there are few music apps better than Spotify.
Spotify has been specially designed to work well with Apple CarPlay (most other music apps haven’t).
With Spotify running on your car stereo, you will have access to millions of songs with just a tap of your fingers.
Why not put together some awesome playlists before you head out on an epic road trip?
2. Google Maps
Yes. Apple has its own maps app. However, we prefer running Google Maps through our Apple CarPlay. This is because Google Maps is a little bit better on the whole navigation front.
When you have Google Maps running on your Apple CarPlay, you basically have a GPS navigation system.
One of the coolest things about Google Maps is the ability to look at things from a street level (i.e. see photographs of various streets). Taken from a car like this:
We don’t know about you, but we often get lost when we are traveling somewhere new, and it is great to look at these photos to determine whether we are in the right place.
Google Maps includes a ton of information about where you are. It will plot routes perfectly for you. You don’t need it just for those long journeys either. Google Maps can be fantastic for tracking down restaurants and stores in your local area. It really is great.
Waze is an app that is pretty much in the same vein as Google Maps. However, Waze is more of a community-sourced mapping system.
The main benefit of Waze over Google Maps is the fact that it will provide you with real-time traffic information.
Other people that are using Waze are able to share details of any accidents or incidents on the road.
This will be sent straight to your app, and you will be able to find an alternative route to travel.
Google Maps tends to send you down the most obvious routes. Waze sends you down the quickest routes.
4. Whats App
Whats App has fast become one of the most popular instant messaging apps.
You probably use it yourself, so you will probably be pleased to know that Whats App is fully Apple CarPlay compatible.
With WhatsApp running, you will be able to get instant notifications of any messages that are coming through. This can be perfect for those that are using Whats App for business purposes.
Of course, do take care when using Whats App. Those notifications can be somewhat distracting, and you probably don’t want to be responding to them when you are speeding along the road.
Finally, we have Audible.
For us, we love to listen to audiobooks when we are on long journeys. It seems rather sophisticated.
Of course, Audible is one of the most popular audiobook apps. You will need to buy a subscription (this will get you one book a month), but a single book can easily last 50-60 hours.
There will also be tons and tons of free audiobooks and podcasts to listen to through Audible.
Audible is just one of Amazon’s music CarPlay apps, as they also have their own dedicated app for Amzon prime music. Amazon Prime Music is a streaming service that is advertisement free for prime members. For none prime members, you can still use the carplay app, but be prepared for ads in between songs.
This is just a small smattering of top Apple CarPlay apps.
This is a new tech, so expect more and more apps to be launched. In fact, chances are the bulk of the apps on your Apple device will be compatible already.
Give them a go.
To download, simply visit the Apple app store, download the app as you usually would, and then plug your device into carplay.