Similar to Android Auto, CarPlay is Apple’s interface for your car’s infotainment system. Apps designed for Apple CarPlay are meant to reduce any distractions while driving and make use of Siri to carry out most of the tasks through voice commands. Almost every major navigation and music app is now compatible with your car’s infotainment system. So, which are the best Apple CarPlay apps for iPhone? Here is our list.
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While there are a lot of navigation apps you can use on Apple CarPlay, Google Maps is unanimously agreed to be the best out of the lot, even surpassing Apple’s own Maps app. A good navigation app is the first thing drivers look for after connecting their phone to the car. Google Maps checks all boxes for the ideal navigation app. One of the better features of Google Maps is that it offers voice navigation while driving, so you don’t have to look at the screen to follow the directions.
Once you’ve selected a navigation app, you will need a music app to make your drive more fun. With millions of artists on its app, Spotify is one of the biggest music platforms in the world. The Spotify app works smoothly with Apple CarPlay and offers accessible controls that you can easily use while driving. You can even use Siri to play your preferred song, playlist, or podcast on Spotify.
Don’t have a Spotify subscription? Use Apple Music. The Apple Music app is native to your iPhone. In terms of functionality, it is pretty evenly matched with Spotify, offering a similar range of artists. You can use Siri to control Apple Music as well. Since Spotify and Apple Music do not have much separating them, all it comes down to is your personal preference.
Stitcher has been the go-to app for podcast listeners for over a decade now. With over 100,000 podcasts, you are bound to find your favourite show on this app. Some of the popular podcasts on Stitcher are NPR, This American Life, Radiolab, and more. Listening to a podcast before getting into your car? With just a few taps on Apple CarPlay, you can resume from where you left off. Stitcher also has a premium subscription service that offers advanced features.
Any infotainment system is incomplete if it does not let you access messages on WhatsApp. Luckily, WhatsApp is compatible with Apple CarPlay and lets you access your messages while driving. The best part of using WhatsApp on CarPlay is that you don’t have to look at the screen while reading and responding to your messages. Siri reads out all your pending messages and even sends replies when you dictate them to it.
If you own an electric car, PlugShare is an essential app that you need to download right now. Using the PlugShare you can find public charging stations for your EV near you. Community contribution is a big part of PlugShare. You will find detailed reviews of most charging stations on the app itself. You can even filter the charging station map by plug type and charging speed. You can even pay for your EV’s charging using the PlugShare app itself.
Waze is an excellent alternative to Google Maps and Apple Maps for Apple CarPlay. Waze is a crowdsourced app so it lets you know if users have reported any recent accidents or other events on the path you’re on. Apart from that, Waze also gives you additional information about your route like the gas stations on the way, police checks, and traffic status.
With over 100,000 AM and FM stations, TuneIn takes care of all things radio. TuneIn has been one of the most popular internet radio apps ever since radio apps started rolling out. The stations offered on TuneIn range from music, news, sport, and talk radio. You can even listen to the major podcasts on this app.
Live in a crowded city where it’s near-impossible to find parking space? SpotHero is the app you’re looking for. Using SpotHero you can easily find parking space even during rush hours. The app works best in major US cities. You can even enter the time and date in advance and reserve your spot in the parking garage. Using SpotHero you can save up to 50% on the parking fee.
The largest audiobook library app, Audible, is also available for Apple CarPlay. Now you don’t have to miss out on precious reading time while driving. Simply open the Audible app on CarPlay and you can pick up where you left off. While this app is extremely beneficial to the driver, passengers who suffer from motion sickness while reading will enjoy it just as much. Apart from audiobooks, Audible also offers an impressive collection of podcasts.
This is our list of the 10 best Apple CarPlay apps for iPhone. This list has been specially curated to include navigation, music, radio, and messaging apps. Which is your favourite Apple CarPlay app? Let us know in the comments!
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