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Apple CarPlay Coming to Select Lexus Vehicles This Year

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Select Lexus vehicles will be getting Apple CarPlay compatibility starting with the 2019 model year. The automotive iPhone interface will be added to the Lexus Enform 2.0 software, but does not appear to be backwards-compatible with existing vehicles already sold with that system.

Lexus parent company Toyota introduced CarPlay functionality at the Detroit Auto Show as part of the new Avalon sedan debut, and has confirmed to Apple website MacRumors that pre-2019 vehicles will not be upgraded “at this time”. It stands to reason this will be the case with Lexus vehicles as well.

CarPlay brings iOS functionality to your vehicle’s center console display — here’s a good overview of how the system works:

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As long as it brings more customers to Lexus/Toyota. At least infotainment will not be what makes worse car better than the better car.
Better late than never!
mikeavelli
Better late than never!
Now that's a nice positive attitude! :D
Awesome! Love it!
Guess the brass at TMC got tired of hooting and hollering...glad they are finally listening to customers.
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Hopefully Android Auto is next!
From what I heard, it took Toyota and Apple an unusually long time to reach a privacy agreement. Not sure how their negotiations are going with Google...
Tragic Bronson
My guess that it will start with the models with the younger customer bases first.
Common sense would say so, but, going by model change cycles (not to mention Avalon debuting Apple CarPlay for Toyota), it stands to reason that the old-mannish ES will be among the first if not the first Lexus to feature Apple CarPlay.
So it definitely won't be in this year's LS500s? That's disappointing.
Ian Schmidt
So it definitely won't be in this year's LS500s? That's disappointing.
It's a missed opportunity, for sure. Hopefully it'll show up in the new ES.
I got a feeling the absence of Android Auto has something to do with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant being fierce rivals at this point. Siri isn't really good enough when compared lol.
I hereby formally request a massive media re-review of the LS 500 once it receives Apply CarPlay.

:)
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senar
Hopefully Android Auto is next!
I'm hoping for the same and crossing my fingers that they figure out how to make it backwards compatible! Current Lexus models as well as models on the Toyota side with Entune 3.0 would benefit immensely from both Apple Car play and Android Auto.
Joaquin Ruhi
Common sense would say so, but, going by model change cycles (not to mention Avalon debuting Apple CarPlay for Toyota), it stands to reason that its fraternal twin, the old-mannish ES will be among the first if not the first Lexus to feature Apple CarPlay.
The new ES will almost definitely be the first Lexus to feature CarPlay. After that, I imagine it will be limited to any new other models that are released this year and existing models with Enform 2.0 -- the 2019 LC, LS, RC and NX.

JUST MY GUESS.
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"Carplay implementation will be wired..."

^^^ Seriously?? That negates a lot of my potential excitement.
Nate Wiener
"Carplay implementation will be wired..."

^^^ Seriously?? That negates a lot of my potential excitement.
Yea thats pretty lame for 2019 MY premium luxury vehicles. And does not mix well at all especially since Lexus has been brushing up on their new strategy of targeting a younger demographic.
Nate Wiener
Carplay implementation will be wired..."

^^^ Seriously?? That negates a lot of my potential excitement.
zeusus
Yea thats pretty lame for 2019 MY premium luxury vehicles. And does not mix well at all especially since Lexus has been brushing up on their new strategy of targeting a younger demographic.
It's worth pointing out that it was Toyota that said CarPlay would be wired. Lexus has yet to debut a vehicle with CarPlay, so it's a little early to judge.
Nate Wiener
"Carplay implementation will be wired..."

^^^ Seriously?? That negates a lot of my potential excitement.
Unfortunately that's the only way to use it now. Same goes for Android Auto.

Hope that future updates to CP will negate the USB cord, but in the meantime, it is what it is.
krew
It's worth pointing out that it was Toyota that said CarPlay would be wired. Lexus has yet to debut a vehicle with CarPlay, so it's a little early to judge.
how many cars have wireless CarPlay?
spwolf
how many cars have wireless CarPlay?
Bluetooth pairing.
meth.ix
Bluetooth pairing.
according to the web, it is only certain BMW model, and via wifi not bluetooth (too much bandwidth needed?)
D
Hallelujah!!!!
From what I've been able to find, wireless CarPlay is only offered by BMW right now from the factory. Several aftermarket head units also support it.
zeusus
Yea thats pretty lame for 2019 MY premium luxury vehicles. And does not mix well at all especially since Lexus has been brushing up on their new strategy of targeting a younger demographic.
Lexus is in the same situation as Mercedes and Audi here, so it's not like they've greatly flubbed up.
spwolf
how many cars have wireless CarPlay?
Your excellent question piqued my curiosity. Unfortunately, my Google search didn't come up with much, except that the latest BMW 5-Series was the first car offered with wireless Apple CarPlay.
The Apple CarPlay announcement during the Avalon debut made me very hopeful for Android Auto. I suppose I can wait a little longer to see if that will ever materialize. The lack of Android Auto is seriously hindering me from purchasing a new Lexus vehicle - that and the fact that a complete LX overhaul is long overdue.
Sometimes I don't even connect my bluetooth hahahhaha
Ian Schmidt
Lexus is in the same situation as Mercedes and Audi here, so it's not like they've greatly flubbed up.
Yea I get that too though Lexus has specifically put an emphasis on targeting a younger audience by sacrificing the older audience. I don't know if wireless carplay connection is just too expensive for them to consider at this point or perhaps wireless is not their main concern but it is a lackluster approach if younger buyers is their target. I would probably be ok if it was 2018 but 2019 is kind of a stretch.
Even with CarPlay, it's not going to be very good since it will have to be controlled with the RTI, not touchscreen like other manufacturers.
Ian Schmidt
So it definitely won't be in this year's LS500s? That's disappointing.
agreed, reason to wait?

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