We’ve come a long way since the days where trucks were basic, utilitarian vehicles that offered little in the way of creature comforts. If you remember that time, the list of options that are available on a modern truck may sound absurd. But the people want what the people want. And currently, one of the most desirable options is Apple CarPlay.
Having used Apple CarPlay extensively, we understand why. Modern infotainment systems are often slow and confusing. And there’s no guarantee that just because something works one way in one car, it will work that way in another car. Apple CarPlay and its cousin Android Auto change all of that.
Instead of fumbling around, trying to figure out how to play music or input an address, Apple CarPlay mirrors your phone and works exactly like you’d expect it to. To listen to a podcast, simply push the Podcasts app. To get directions, just open the Maps app. You can even type the address in on your phone instead of having to figure out what kind of system your car has. Even better, if you plan to use Apple CarPlay, you don’t need to spring for a pricey navigation system at the dealer.
Below you’ll find a list of every truck that supports Apple CarPlay in 2019. In this ever-connected world if you’ve got an Apple iOS iPhone you can enhance its use by having it integrated into your vehicle’s information display, but not every vehicle has this feature.
You can get turn-by-turn directions, make calls or receive them, send and receive messages, listen to music, and more. CarPlay uses the contacts on your iPhone to help you make calls, send texts, and find destinations.
Another feature is that CarPlay uses Siri Voice Control, so you can ask for what you want while you’re driving—allowing you to stay focused on the road hands-free. CarPlay even works with the built-in controls in your car—like a touchscreen, knob, or button.
Currently, most vehicles that provide Apple CarPlay support require you to plug in your phone in order to use it. Considering how much of your battery gets used when you have Waze or Google Maps open, that’s usually not a bad thing. In theory, you should arrive with a fully charged phone even if you’ve been using it for multiple things. That’s changing, though, with some automakers now offering a wireless version of CarPlay.
All of these features and more can be activated once you set up your vehicle, which is easy. Apple provides a step-by-step procedure you can follow right on your phone. If for some reason your setup doesn’t work Apple has a great support system to help guide you through setting up CarPlay.
If you’re looking for a truck or SUV check out which makes and models currently have the ability to activate Apple CarPlay:
- Silverado HD
- F-Series Super Duty
- 1500 Classic