CarPlay is coming to the Hyundai Sonata in 2016, but you'll have to pay

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It looks like Hyundai will finally be bringing Apple's CarPlay to its vehicles with an update for the infotainment system of the 2015 and 2016 Sonata. While the vehicles already carry Google's Android Auto system, the arrival of CarPlay is a bit later than Hyundai had originally announced. Now, Apple's dashboard system will be available to Sonata owners in the first few months of 2016 with the purchase of an SD card with the software on it, another change from Hyundai's original announcement.

From Detroit Free Press:

Hyundai says owners will have to buy an SD card with new software to get the system. That contradicts the company's earlier assurance that the system would be a free download for customers who bought a properly equipped 2015 or '16 Sonata midsize sedan. Hyundai already offers Android Auto in the cars for Google phone users at no additional charge.

The Free Press didn't say how much the update might cost. Hyundai's update for Android Auto on the 2015 Sonata was free for customers.

CarPlay was originally to be integrated with certain models of the 2015 Sonata, as announced in early 2014.

CarPlay allows users to connect their phone to their car in order to access features like Siri, Music, and select third-party apps while driving. It requires an iPhone 5 or newer, running iOS 7 or later.

Source: Detroit Free Press; via MacRumors

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8 Comments
  • I imagine very few people who own the latest iPhones would ever buy a Hyundai. No sense including it as a standard feature. Sent from the iMore App
  • I can't believe you actually said this. You should be embarrassed but something tells me that you're not. Sent from the iMore App
  • Well that comment was painful to read. Sent from the iMore App
  • This has got to be the most ignorant comment I've read on this website
  • I see your point.
  • You don't imagine people who own the latest iPhones would ever buy a Hyundai? What does that even mean? I have owned every iPhone since it's inception, and I have owned 3 Hyundai vehicles. Your comment makes absolutely no sense.
  • I have a new I-Phone 6 Plus, a 2016 Corvette Z-06, 2015 Lexus ES-350 and a new 2016 Hyundai Sonata Limited for running local errands - Your assumptions concerning I-Phone and Hyundai owners are based upon what????
  • I own the latest iPhone and a 2015 sonata the wife likes them so we do exist. Lol Sent from the iMore App