Five years after the launch of CarPlay, there are still very few car manufacturers supporting Apple’s in-car platform wirelessly. The main benefit of wireless CarPlay is a nearly seamless experience of having much of your phone’s core functionality available just a fingertip or voice command away on your car’s infotainment system while your phone remains in your pocket.
So far, wireless CarPlay support is largely limited to some premium brands, and Porsche is one of those brands that recently rolled out support for it.
For a taste of that experience, Porsche invited me down to Atlanta for a day to take a look at how wireless CarPlay works hand-in-hand with the native infotainment system on the 2019 Macan S crossover. I also got to spend some time behind the wheel of the Macan S on the track at the Porsche Experience Center and check out the Heritage Gallery, a frequently changing display of some of the most important and collectible vehicles in Porsche’s storied history.