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9to5Mac Gift Guide: CarPlay and must-have iPhone accessories for the road

Added 11-26-21 01:31:01am EST - “Let's take a little drive together. Pack your iPhone, a small bag, and, well, everything on our road trip gift guide. From adding CarPlay in your vehicle to MagSafe iPhone mounts and the best charging cables for car rides, we've got…” - 9to5mac.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From 9to5mac.com: “9to5Mac Gift Guide: CarPlay and must-have iPhone accessories for the road”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Let’s take a little drive together. Pack your iPhone, a small bag, and, well, everything on our road trip gift guide. From adding CarPlay in your vehicle to MagSafe iPhone mounts and the best charging cables for car rides, we’ve got must-have recommendations that make great gifts — even if you’re shopping for yourself.

For starters, CarPlay has been a speciality of mine since Apple’s infotainment feature launched in the iPhone in 2014. (TBT to the very original concept for CarPlay that was actually called iOS in the Car.)

Seriously, I published this super early review of CarPlay as a thing that exists seven years ago. I haven’t lost my driver’s license yet, so these articles are ones I regularly update for the CarPlay curious:

Those fun things aside, you should seriously consider adding Apple CarPlay and a backup camera to your car or a loved one’s vehicle. You can replace the existing radio in cars without CarPlay for under $1000—which isn’t cheap but makes for a great mega gift—and it’s just plain safer. My recommendation this year is this:

For under $700, you get an upgraded receiver with a 7-inch capacitive touch screen (avoid resistive touch, that’s the bad kind) plus a compatible back up camera with a 132 degree viewing angle and a frame for mounting.

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