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Is Apple Car Play a Data Hog?
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Author:  Jtwanabe [ Sat May 14, 2016 4:53 am ]
Post subject:  Is Apple Car Play a Data Hog?

I have had my 2017 Elantra with Apple Car Play for about 3 weeks. I just received a text
from ATT that my data usage is is 3/4 used for the month. I have never ever gotten a data
usage warning before. Is Apple Car Play a Data Hog?

Please advise,



Author:  Uller [ Wed Feb 15, 2017 2:45 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: Is Apple Car Play a Data Hog?

The short answer is: Yes, Apple Car Play is a Data Hog!

CarPlay uses the Maps app in your iPhone, as navigation system, and Maps (as opposed to Google maps, or any other navigation app on the marked) has no option to download a fixed map for the app. In stead the app downloads small segments of a map showing you the area that you are currently located.

I don't know why Apple won't allow their users to download maps for the app, but guess that it could have something to do with the fact, that they are getting their maps from Tom Tom and therefore could be some legal/licensing issues prohibiting the use of downloaded fixed maps for the Maps app.

It is off cause extremely unsatisfying, from a users point of view, as you are forced to stream a lot of data, whenever you use Apple CarPlay for navigation, and it also renders other issues such as missing maps, and thereby missing navigation, in areas with low cellphone data coverage.

I have addressed the issue to Apple, a number of times, but it seams that they don't relay see the problem or perhaps the just don't care?

A solution to the problem could be that Apple allows other navigation vendors to use their systems on CarPlay, but as is, the CarPlay system is exclusively for Apples own navigation system and they wont let other vendors in on the marked.

Hope this clarify your concern.


Author:  GalenRun [ Mon Aug 06, 2018 5:05 am ]
Post subject:  Re: Is Apple Car Play a Data Hog?

Has anything changed regarding this since your post, Peter? Is CarPlay still a massive data hog like it was a year or so ago? I stopped using it for this very reason but I'm thinking of going back to it.

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