Apple has recently announced CarPlay, an interface that allows you to control your iPhone via your car’s entertainment system.
As will anything Apple does, it will undoubtedly be brilliant and a joy to use. At present, there are no plans for it to be offered on Porsches but, if there was, would you want it?
Such technology is fantastic when it’s new but it will date quickly. Fact forward ten years and imagine buying a car with CarPlay installed. The chances are it won’t work with your iPhone 10GS. In will, in short, be obsolete technology.
You can see this already. Jump in a PCM-equipped early 996 and you’ll be faced with a clunky sat-nav, cassette player and a slot for a full-sized SIM card. Even the sat-nav on a late 997 is looking dated. Go back further in time and you will find 964s and 993s with simple radio-cassette head units but at least they still work.
I’d much rather keep my tech on my phone which I update every year or two – the TomTom app on my iPhone is brilliant and better than that on even a new Porsche 911. In addition, I can talk to Siri while I’m driving and make hands-free calls using a simple Bluetooth link, so do I really need CarPlay built into my car?
It’s fine for phones to have built-in obselencence but cars, no thank you.