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Old 09-17-2015, 04:06 AM   #1
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News Apple iOS 9 CarPlay & 2016 WRX 6.2" LCD screen compatible?

I just purchased a 2016 WRX with the touch screen two weeks ago. I noticed that Apple iPhone new operating system has something called CarPlay where you can sync your phone to your touch screen of your car. On their site it shows that Subaru is participating in this. Does anyone know if that will become available to the WRX at some point or if it's possible to sync it already?
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:43 PM   #2
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Also interested.. I tried apple's instructions to hold down the voice command on the steering wheel but it just says "invalid operation" on the screen.
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Old 09-17-2015, 01:51 PM   #3
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I tried the same thing but nothing happened. I wasn't sure if I was missing something. On the Apple site it shows the auto makers who've partnered up with Apple for CarPlay and Subaru is one of them.
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Old 09-17-2015, 02:18 PM   #4
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I even tried to link the useless starlink app on my iPhone to the car but that did nothing.
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Old 09-17-2015, 02:37 PM   #5
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I dont think there are any Subaru models supporting CarPlay. Subaru still touts Starlink on their site:

http://www.subaru.com/engineering/starlink.html

And, there aren't many cars as of now that support CarPlay, anyways
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Old 09-17-2015, 05:48 PM   #6
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I don't believe it does, or they would have advertised it. You probably have to put an aftermarket head unit in the car for it to work, one that supports apple carplay/android auto. I have one in my Impreza, and have tested both. Can confirm, is worth it. More likely than not the future of car infotainment systems. Is it worth upgrading to it? If you don't like your head unit, yes, absolutely. If you are happy with it, carry on and don't worry about it. Like all new technologies from apple and google, it's good now, but it's going to evolve, in a few years it will be great.
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Old 09-17-2015, 07:59 PM   #7
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I even tried to link the useless starlink app on my iPhone to the car but that did nothing.
I mailed a similar inquiry to SOA via their site asking about this:

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Why aren't the 2016 WRX Limited w/ 7" Starlink able to use the remote functions like Safety and Security Features available on the 2016 Forester, Legacy and Outback? If there is additional hardware needed, let me know and I will investigate purchase and install. I have contacted my dealership and they were unsure why this was only available on the other models.
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We appreciate you taking the time to email us and hope that you are enjoying your new WRX! There are no specific reasons to share with you for this particular business decision. I am glad to know that you are interested in having this type of security in your vehicle. I will be sure to forward your message to the Product Planning team for their review and consideration. We are always working to improve the design of our vehicles and your input is important to us. At this time, there is no possibility of having these features in your vehicle. If we can be of any other assistance, please let us know.

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Old 09-18-2015, 02:08 AM   #8
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I mailed a similar inquiry to SOA via their site asking about this:



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Damn.. Thats unfortunate.. This just increases the time before I get rid of the laggy starlink system. Thanks for sharing!
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Old 09-21-2015, 06:54 PM   #9
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I dont think there are any Subaru models supporting CarPlay. Subaru still touts Starlink on their site:

http://www.subaru.com/engineering/starlink.html

And, there aren't many cars as of now that support CarPlay, anyways



Check out the Apple Site,

http://www.apple.com/ios/carplay/


I says that CarPlay is available on models from these committed partners and shows that Subaru is one of them. Unfortunately it doesn't show which models. Maybe Subaru is planning on updating the software on the Head Unit? not sure, since its all so vague.
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Old 09-21-2015, 10:09 PM   #10
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There's no way Subaru would update existing models with CarPlay
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Old 09-27-2015, 01:19 AM   #11
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There's no way Subaru would update existing models with CarPlay
Who knows, Subaru does state that Starlink Headunits are update'able on their Starlink Section but yeah.... adding carplay? There might be some hardware additions necessary to even make that happen.
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Old 09-27-2015, 10:53 AM   #12
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If its like anything else in the industry, they'll use it as a marketing tool for a new model year as one of the "improvements" to help sell the cars
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Resurrecting this thread to discuss now that 2017 Subaru's are coming off the lot with carplay functionality!! (I know about the 2017 Impreza's at minimum)

Hoping (but not counting on it) that we will be able to update our previous gen cars with it #fingerscrossed
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Old 11-22-2016, 10:51 PM   #14
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Resurrecting this thread to discuss now that 2017 Subaru's are coming off the lot with carplay functionality!! (I know about the 2017 Impreza's at minimum)

Hoping (but not counting on it) that we will be able to update our previous gen cars with it #fingerscrossed
Hoping the same thing or I'll just go with an aftermarket unit because the current 2016 Headunits is getting dull.
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Old 11-23-2016, 11:39 AM   #15
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CarPlay compatibly isn't something that gets added later. There's specifications the head unit needs to meet as well as the USB port. As far as my understanding of it goes.
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