Infiniti has started rolling out a software update for the infotainment system installed on select models, and one of the upcoming new features for drivers is wireless CarPlay support.
Android Auto and Wireless CarPlay are more convenient than standard versions requiring a cable, simply because it makes it easier to connect a mobile device to the main unit.
If wireless mode is available, the connection between the phone and the HU is established automatically after pairing the two devices. In other words, you can just keep your phone in the pocket or backpack, because Android Auto or CarPlay should always launch on the main unit when you turn on the engine.
Some Infiniti owners are about to gain hands-on experience with this wireless mode, as the company announced an infotainment software update that also enables CarPlay wirelessly in their cars.
For the 2020 and 2021 Infiniti Q50, Q60, QX50 and QX80, the software update can be installed at any dealership, whether your car is still under warranty or not. However, if the warranty has already expired, you must make an appointment for the software update before March 31, 2022.
Infiniti points out that this is an optional software update, so if you don’t necessarily want Apple’s wireless version of CarPlay, you can very well skip it. The company claims that your infotainment system will continue to function as before, so in theory, this is the only feature you don’t get.
Updating the software is a fairly straightforward process, but it should always be done at an Infiniti dealership. The whole thing does not take more than an hour.
Rumor has it that Apple is considering a portless iPhone that could launch in a few years, and if that’s true, then the days of wired CarPlay may already be numbered. It remains to be seen whether the Cupertino-based tech giant is indeed ready to embrace the idea, but if so, the transition to wireless will almost certainly be gradual.