Apple CarPlay® and Android™ Auto on Mazda3

I received an email on Monday, November 19, 2018 from our local Mazda Dealer that Apple CarPlay® and Android™ Auto available as a dealer-installed update.

One short phone call later, the installation as scheduled for Wednesday, November 21, 2018. As mentioned in the email, the dealer pricing was $399.95 plus tax. I assumed that the pricing includes the $199 for the parts and software, and the labor cost.

I dropped off my 2014 Mazda3 early in the morning and was given a loaner 2018 Mazda3. I was hoping that the loaner Mazda3 would have CarPlay installed, but it did not. I was told that November 21, 2018 was the first day the dealer starts providing the upgrade.

Around 3:00 pm, I received a notification that my car was ready. I left for the dealer to pickup my car. After signing the paperwork and making the payment for the installation, I finally got into my Mazda3.

I connected my iPhone to the newly upgraded 2.1-amp USB port and turned the car on. There it is, Apple CarPlay in my Mazda3.

One thing I noticed is that I also have the latest version of Mazda Infotainment system. According to Mazda, the latest version  available for the OS was version 59; my Mazda3 had OS version 55.

After the CarPlay installation, the car now has OS version 70.

I only had Apple CarPlay in my Mazda3 for 2 days. The $399.95 + tax seems a bit high according tony colleagues. To me it is a worthy upgrade.

Mazda models compatible with Apple CarPlay™ and Android™ Auto upgrade:

  • 2014-2018 Mazda3
  • 2016-2018 Mazda6
  • 2016-2019 Mazda MX-5
  • 2017-2019 Mazda MX-5 RF
  • 2016-2019 Mazda CX-3
  • 2016-2018 Mazda CX-5
  • 2016-2018 Mazda CX-9

The retrofit includes installing new software and 2.1-amp USB ports.

2018 iPad Pro On Screen Keyboard

When Apple released iOS 12.1 Update on October 29, 2018, it also restored the keyboard layout where the “Numeric Key” and the “Emoji/Language Key” were in place of each other.

Now it looks like the 2018 iPad Pro, we have only the 11-inch model, still has the two keys swapped.

iPad Pro 10.5 Keyboard
iPad Pro 11 Keyboard