How-To: Apple CarPlay in a MINI


Let's face it. A lot of us really love our smartphones--especially our iPhones. And we all know it's unsafe to use our phones while driving, even if we get important notifications, calls, and messages that we think may need to access. Thankfully, all newer MINI models now have Apple CarPlay compatibility! Apple CarPlay lets you accomplish many of the tasks you normally do on your iPhone all directly through your MINI's onboard touchscreen. In order to get the full Apple CarPlay experience in your MINI, MINI Connected with the 8.8" Touchscreen and Navigation must be installed. Unfortunately, that means Apple CarPlay is currently only available on the 2018 MINI Countryman and MINI Clubman models built after July 2017 when properly equipped with the aforementioned tech--but the good news is that it will be an option for all MINI models going forward!

If your MINI doesn't have the ability to use Apple CarPlay yet, this is still a great guide to prep you for your next one. Utilizing a similar layout to that of the Apple operating system, Apple CarPlay will allow you to make calls, read and respond to messages, access voicemails, listen to music and podcasts, and access Apple Maps for effortless navigation… all through the MINI Connected system. There are three different and easy ways to access the awesome features of Apple CarPlay: the controller, the touchscreen, or your voice, through Siri. On the touchscreen, application icons such as Messages, Phone, Music, and Maps look almost identical to how they do on your iPhone, and function in almost the exact same way. Apple Maps will even do some of the work for you, making proactive suggestions based on text messages, calendar dates, and emails to get you where you need to go. On top of Apple's applications, Apple CarPlay also supports apps such as Spotify, Pandora, and Audible so you'll never have to reach for your phone while you drive. Apple CarPlay does rely on your cell phone's data plan to access information, so keep that in mind as you use it.


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