Originally Posted by Shockwave
I'm still trying to figure out why some make it such a big deal to plug your phone in for Carplay? We are not at the point where where battery life is great on anything, it has been a stagnate for the last 10 years or so. There are many alternative battery technologies that are out there but none of them have gone mainstream.
So if you go on a 30-60min trip with your car you would rather use CP unplugged and drain a good 10-15% of your battery if you are using during that period? I would rather leave it plugged in and have a 100% charge when i get out of my vehicle. CP uses your phones hardware (cpu, RAM etc..) for all the features, what you see on the Uconnect is just a overlay onto there OS and its uses a tiny amount of its own resources to display CP itself.
I always plug in my phone when driving, If it didn't actually have that option I would probably wouldnt want car play. Its pretty comical hearing people wanting or talking about their HK 19 speaker system and then streaming music through Bluetooth it, Bluetooth audio is horrible.
Battery in my iPhone 6s Plus is amazing. I can go days without plugging in.
I want the new CPU because the current radio bogs down with 128GB USB stick 9000 songs at the lowest MP3 compression (320) to get the best sound. It stalls changing tunes, takes forever updating catalog, which it does randomly. 15 min into drive it will say I'm still updating catalog. If I try to say "play song". Nav is slow to activate and sometimes hands free phone is slow to be ready too. May all be due to being busy with my large USB library.
When you "stream" with "via" (now) you DO NOT incur the Bluetooth audio lossy sound. It is a "tethered" DATA connection over Bluetooth and its decoded on the radio. Pandora via "via" sounds quite decent. Still not as good as the underpowered USB stick though. I don't know if car play or android will be the same or not and its just a screen and audio extension or DATA tethered.
But I personally didn't want car play for music streaming. I wanted faster CPU and better integration of text, map and voice driven stuff (Siri).
Threre two levels of Bluetooth audio as well. Not sure if current radio and iPhone supports the higher throughput. And I beleive it is lossless. Called aptX and has been around for a while now. 5 years?