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How To Cope w/Lack of Apple CarPlay?
I just leased a 2017 Mazda 3 GT Hatchback. I knew going in that Apple CarPlay was not available for the Mazda Infotainment System, at least not yet. What I didn't realize was just how much the Infotainment system would gum up or the works and how utterly incompatiable it was with my iPhone 7's Siri digital assistant.
For my last car, a 1994 Subaru Legacy, I relied almost exclusively on my iPhone for music, podcasts, navigation, radio stations, etc. The first thing I did at the dealership was to pair my iPhone 7. I soon discovered that the Mazda Infotainment system does not play well with Siri. With my iPhone paired directly with the Mazda Infotainment software, anytime I invoke Siri and give it a command, Mazda Infotainment treats it as a phone call. After Siri carrries out the command, Mazda Infotainment thinks a call has ended and sends a Play signal to my iPhone causing music to play whether I want it or not. Mazda Infotainment tries to play whatever music has been paused on your device. Itís a complete basket case. Moreover, if you have asked Siri for navigation instructions, they don't play through the speaker thereafter. At times, I heard both music and Siri through the car speakers at once. There were even times I heard music, Siri directions and instructions from the Mazda Infotainment System. It was all too much.
My solution was to simply unpair my iPhone, which I suspect other iPhone owners have done. I then plugged my iPhone into the Aux audio port, using a lighting to 3.5 audio connnector since it's an iPhone 7 plus, effectively bypassing the Mazda Infotainment system. You can also use another standalone bluetooth device with the Aux input.
Mazda is one of the few manufacturers left that are not supporting Apple CarPlay which provides a rich and seamless circa 2017 platform and is well-integrated into Infotainment Systems in other cars. The NAV system supplied to Mazda by Johnson Controls is slow and not very smart. It's much like using an interactive voice response system that banks or other systems offer to the non-web savvy to transact business. Maza Infotainment is where cell phones used to be before Apple revolutioned the industry with the iPhone smartphone.
According to press reports, Mazda is losing at least some customers at the margin for whom Apple CarPlay is very important. I was willing to overlook the lack of Apple CarPlay because the Mazda 3 has overwhelming superiority over all other compact cars in the class.
The volume controls on the steering wheel work fine with with the iPhone plugged into the Aux port, but thatís it.
Does Mazda have any plans to offer Apple CarPlay and, if so, will 2017 models be able to take advantage of the update? There already is a hack for Android to get it onto the Infotainment system as an application. So this thread is devoted to Mazda owners who are having to cope with a dated Mazda Infotainment system and play cat and mouse with their IOS devices, notably the iPhone and what steps they are taking to cope?
Do you use Apple iPhone with the Mazda Infotainment system?
Are you using a bluetooth or wired connection?
Do you use the Nav on Mazda Infotainment or Siri or a combination?
What are your greatest annoyances and your best workarounds?
Last edited by Rnbarg; 03-03-2017 at 09:36 PM.