Mercedes-Benz is preparing to release Apple CarPlay. That information is based on an internal document shared by C450 AMG blog.
However, the new feature will only be available for some of the brands existing models. Among the products that were mentioned to get the tech are select models of the CLA, GLA, B-Class, E-Class, GLE (standard SUV and coupe variants) and CLS all bearing the 2016 model year.
For those interested to get CarPlay in their Mercedes, there are two ways they can have it. One is having it installed starting at $350. It will be a standalone package called Code 868 Smartphone Integration Package. The other offers it as part of the vehicle’s revised high-end COMAND infotainment system. The latter comes without additional cost for autos that come with the COMAND system as a standard feature such as the GLE 400, GLE 450, AMG GLE 63, and AMG GLE 63 S, but will cost around $3,650 to $4,080 for some.
Based on Apple, the confirmed applications that will be supported by CarPlay upon its launch—aside from the usual music, messaging and phone apps—are Podcasts, Audio Books, iHeartRadio, At Bat, Spotify, Stitcher, CBS Radio, Rdio, Overcast, Audiobooks.com, Audible, and Pandora. The smartphone models compatible with CarPlay are iPhone 5, iPhone 5c, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6s, and iPhone 6s Plus.
It should be noted that the package will also be released for select models of other 39 car brands, including the competitors of Mercedes, namely Audi and BMW.