Apple CarPlay

Jaguar I-Pace is first JLR car with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto

Apple CarPlayJaguar has confirmed the I-Pace electric SUV is the first model from Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) to offer factory-fit Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone functionality.

The long-awaited-inclusion of the technology, which allows users to safely use their smartphones while driving, comes after a long certification process.

Most volume and premium car brands have long offered Android Auto and Apple CarPlay within their cars’ infotainment systems. Jaguar Land Rover has lagged its rivals, but is now shipping the I-Pace with the technology, which is built into the Touch Pro Duo infotainment.

Jaguar I-Pace

Other Jaguars and Land Rovers will be equipped with Apple and Android connectivity in due course, said a spokesperson.

The lengthy certification process meant Jaguar wasn’t able to demonstrate Apple CarPlay and Android Auto during the car’s original media launch. This has caused some confusion amongst customers, who struggled to clarify whether it would be featured or not.

Jaguar I-Pace

Jaguar’s confirmation clears the matter up – and Jaguar is expected to showcase the new functionality in coming weeks.

The existing JLR InControl Apps smartphone system will continue to be offered alongside the new system, adds the firm. This includes inbuilt Spotify integration, plus a colourful alternative way to stream audio and podcasts from devices.

Part of the Jaguar I-Pace Smartphone Pack, it also includes interactivity with Tile RFID tags, helping owners find misplaced keys or bags.

From being a smartphone connectivity laggard, JLR will soon offer one of the most comprehensive array of options on the market…