December 08, 2016
You're probably curious about what CarPlay is exactly and how it works, but it's important to know why it was developed in the first place.
Cars take much longer to develop than personal tech products. By the time you can purchase a given car, the infotainment system is already severely outdated. Unlike smartphones, which have short product cycles of a year or two at most, a car product cycle is typically longer.
The average car cycle is a mid-cycle refresh every 2-3 years and a completely new model every 4-6 years, for mainstream vehicles. Luxury vehicles operate on a longer product cycle that can span up to 10 years, albeit with major updates introduced halfway through.
The gap has narrowed dramatically over the last five years, but automakers still can't update maps, software…