Apple CarPlay takes the iPhone’s most widely used features and places them on your car’s built-in dashboard screen, making it easier to utilize the smartphone’s functionality while maintaining your focus on driving. Available by default in some automobiles and installable as an aftermarket unit in others, CarPlay can be controlled by your voice or its touch-screen display as well as via the buttons, dials, and knobs in your car or truck.
As is the case with your iPhone, CarPlay’s capabilities are expanded upon by its apps. While Maps, Messages, Music, Phone, and other useful iOS features including Siri can be used, many popular Apple and third-party apps are also supported. We’ve listed some of our favorites below, each available from the App Store. Some apps are free, while some others charge an upfront fee for the app or require a subscription to the service.