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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Nine Car Manufacturer Logos Removed From Apple's CarPlay Lineup

Contrary to what we thought Apple meant by updating its CarPlay webpage today, we may still see the software in cars this year. According to Apple, CarPlay will still be "available on select new cars in 2014."

However, Apple has made one big change on its website today and that is updating its list of car manufacturers that will offer CarPlay. Nine recently added automaker logos have been removed from the list. Here they are...

Alfa Romeo

The updated CarPlay lineup mentions 20 car companies and 2 aftermarket companies (Alpine and Pioneer). The old list mentioned 29 car companies.

Among the automakers that have been removed, Audi announced in July that CarPlay will come to Europe in its 2015 line of cars, whereas North American customers will have to wait for the 2016 line of Audis to avail of CarPlay.

Interestingly, the other eight automakers weren't added to Apple's CarPlay until July this year only to be removed from the list today. Maybe those automakers are scheduled to offer CarPlay in 2015, whereas the original twenty will bring CarPlay this year itself. This is only a speculation.

On the bright side, Alpine and Pioneer logos are still present on Apple's website. The site still mentions "and you'll soon be able to add CarPlay to your current car with an aftermarket system" but no timeframe is given.

Pioneer had promised CarPlay in "early summer" which was later changed to "summer." But summer is over and CarPlay has still not arrived on Pioneer's NEX head units. Whether or not we will see CarPlay on aftermarket head units this year seems to be the million dollar question these days.

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