What you need to know
- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has announced the 2021 Pacifica.
- It will come with wireless CarPlay.
- Buyers can pre-order in the third quarter of 2020.
Fiat Chrysler Automobiles has taken the wraps off the 2021 Chrysler Pacifica minivan and it comes as standard with a massive 10.1-inch touchscreen. That is pretty great news on its own, but when you throw in the fact that it will also support wireless CarPlay – as spotted by MacRumors – things are taken up a notch or two.
To date, wireless CarPlay has been a feature reserved for the likes of Porsche, Audi, and BMW. And even then it's usually an optional extra. The news that the Pacifica will come with it as standard is very impressive indeed. And it's all made possible by the new Uconnect 5 system.
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If you plan on picking up a 2021 Pacifica you're going to have to wait a while. FCA says that we can expect pre-orders to go live in the third quarter of 2020 with deliveries to dealerships taking place in the final quarter of the year.
Wireless CarPlay is exactly what it sounds like – CarPlay that doesn't need your iPhone to be plugged into your car to work. It's usually accompanied by a wireless charging mat, too.
Oliver Haslam has written about Apple and the wider technology business for more than a decade with bylines on How-To Geek, PC Mag, iDownloadBlog, and many more. He has also been published in print for Macworld, including cover stories. At iMore, Oliver is involved in daily news coverage and, not being short of opinions, has been known to 'explain' those thoughts in more detail, too.
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Ford announced at the LA Auto Show last November that it would start coming to its vehicles this fall as well (part of SYNC 4).
I hope they do better than BMW did on the Mini Cooper. My wife just got a 2019 Mini Cooper Clubman and keeping the connection to the entertainment system stable is pretty close to futile. It will work for a couple days then she has to connect via a USB cable to re-establish the connection. I think she's just going to give up and go cable based.
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