CarPlay Questions


#21

Just to clarify, full sun with polarised sunnies and it was fine. It was only an issue when I had the headlights on as it dimmed down too far to work with sunnies on. If the headlights weren’t on it was fine.


#22

So I went and tested CarPlay on another unit in JBHiFi this morning and it all worked perfectly with my iPhone 8+ … and then I went out and it worked fine in my car ??

It has been rebooted in the alt couple of days (which I’m sure I already tried) but it’s working properly.


#23

The most appropriate reply I can think of is :man_shrugging:


#24

I got the Kenwood installed in my 2010 Mazda 3 last weekend, love it!

Look forward to google maps being an option in Sept.


#25

I did a 2,000km+ trip to Sydney and back in the last week and wasn’t really impressed with how it all worked, although I think that’s about me and my desire to use Waze.

If I used the Pioneer “AppRadio” app I could get Waze onto the screen, but that was an OR choice (that maybe predates CarPlay?) which made streaming music really hit and miss with the way it attempted to handle multiple apps (poorly).

CarPlay itself seemed to work OK except it makes the iPhone follow the headunit screen… so if I had Waze on the Phone then attempted to listen to music it would switch apps. Again the issue seemed to be tied to my desire for Waze.

At one point we tried using my Wifes phone for CarPlay, but again the screen follows the iPhone, so everytime she switched apps on her phone to reply to messages or whatever it would change the headunit screen rather than just staying on “Now Playing” or whatever. I’m sure this is by design and tied to the whole concept of not needing to touch your phone while it connected.

In the end for us we ended up either switching to Bluetooth or just using the old dumb iPod interface which provided little control other than skip but did show what was playing, although with Google Music playing over bluetooth it always seemed to be showing the album art from the last track with the data from the currently playing track which was a little odd. I’d have to go back and check again but that may be better over USB.

Bottom line here, I think when CarPlay brings in Waze Support it will be excellent.


#26

Vince, what model kenwood did you get installed, and can you upload a picture? How are the angles from the driving and passenger positions?
How is the glare? How much to install?

Hawk, I don’t think you are supposed to be touching the phone in situations where you are using CarPlay. What is happening would be by design.


#27

Yeah, I think you’re right. I just have a knack of finding ways to break/test the limits of things.


#28

I guess that means it is really meant to be the driver’s phone that is connected via CarPlay. I wonder if it is possible to have the driver’s phone connected and showing maps via CarPlay, with a passenger’s phone playing music connected via Bluetooth?


#29

From what I understand, no. At least on the pioneer unit you can’t switch to Bluetooth while CarPlay is connected.


#30

Correct, no. Once you connect a phone it seems to cut the Bluetooth off.

I’m away at the moment Entrope but I’ll get that info you asked for shortly.


#31

It’s not just modern cars though. I’m still working out what to do with my IS200 as its multiplexed also. A part of me is just saying to hell with it and just getting a plug and play cable to disconnect the CD player and add USB/Bluetooth/AUX. A part of me says replace the whole damn thing.

Any car made in the last 20years can be muxed and it makes it a headache putting a head unit in any modern car. Especially ones that already have good high quality components such as those that were provided by Lexus even 20 years ago.

OK so the head unit is a pile of crap by today’s standards. But, I’ve spent thousands on car stereo gear before (for it to be worth nothing months later). the 6 speaker/amp setup though? It’s comparative to most things I’ve heard without a dedicated subwoofer.

What you might not know is that the IS200 has a factory amplifier. A set of rear speakers (Speaker 1 and Speaker 2) having different impedance, a tweeter and a subwoofer. So you can’t even reasonably “upgrade” it without replacing everything unless you do it piecemeal… because… subwoofer and tweeter have indepedent cabling.

So I don’t know what to do at the moment. I’m just thinking about getting a harness and leaving the rest of my car alone.