You already have everything you need there is no point of changing the radio just to get the CarPlay
The good news is that if your car already has a working touchscreen and radio, you already have everything you need to add Apple CarPlay. You don't need to change the factory navigation system or deal with the complicated process of installing an aftermarket radio and adapters for steering wheel controls and backup cameras.Just bought a 2012 king ranch with the Ford Sync 1 system with navigation. It's got the 8" screen where all the climate info is shown on it. I figure that probably complicates an aftermarket head unit because I would need one that can still show all the climate info. When I put that I have that system in Crutchfield I noticed it significantly slimmed down my compatible options. If it was decent at all I'd just put up with it, but the Sync 1 system is just the worst lol. I'd like something that has Carplay (wired or wireless), looks sleek (not gaudy or cheap looking), and that's at least the size of the oem one. If anyone has experience with changing out this system I'd love to see what you did! Also just looking for recommendations from the experts here. Thanks!
Here's a pic of what I have in my truck just so it's clear.
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Are you trying to improve the audio quality or just interested in Apple CarPlay? If your goal is solely to have Apple CarPlay, then once you are inside the CarPlay mode, you won't need any other factory features. In that case, it wouldn't make sense to change the radio for an aftermarket one because it would require a lot of resources and additional parts just to add a single feature. However, remember that once you're using CarPlay, you can access all the CarPlay apps.I know this you're feeding me an ad but that actually is pretty enticing. I'll check it out. I'd love to keep the stock look if I can get the functionality I want.
To will need to get Apple CarPlay/Android Auto, you would need a plug and play interface that works with your existing factory screen. No changes to the factory setup are required. Simply remove the radio bezel, unscrew four screws to take out the radio, plug in the interface at the back of the radio, and you're done. It should take about 30 minutes, and then you'll have CarPlay or Android Auto available on your factory screen.Pretty much just wanting CarPlay. The Sony audio system is good enough for me. I just can’t stand the complete randomness of sync detecting my phone or not, and I like having my Apple Maps on the dash. Which of your products would I be looking at for that?
For many years, we exclusively supplied CarPlay to car dealerships. At that time, our focus was on providing CarPlay systems for installation by dealerships themselves, as part of the car sale to their customers. Nowadays, almost every car comes equipped with factory-installed CarPlay. Taking this into consideration, we have made a strategic decision to switch our operations directly to consumers like you.Love the idea, but can find literally nothing on your product. No reviews, videos, articles.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts. We appreciate your input. This week, we plan to upload videos on our website and in the vendor section. We have become accustomed to the fact that CarPlay functions similarly across various vehicles, whether it's a Ford F150, an aftermarket Sony radio, a Rolls-Royce worth half a million dollars, or any other car. This is because CarPlay relies on the phone. However, now that we are directly interacting with customers, we need to make some changes to provide end-user materials.That makes sense. I'd still recommend putting some guides or videos on your website so people like myself can have a little more confidence when considering purchasing your product.