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Just saw an article from CNET Road Show stating that 2018 Mazda6 owners will have access to a free upgrade which will add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support, previous reports said there was likely to be a charge to add this new functionality. :smile2:
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The refreshed 2018 Mazda6 went on sale last month, minus one key ingredient: smartphone integration. Starting in July, however, folks who have already purchased Mazda's fun-to-drive sedan in the Touring trim level or above will be able to add Apple CarPlay and Android Auto for free.

Customers will have to go to the dealership for a hardware and software upgrade. Mazda said it should be a quick affair, no need to leave the car overnight.

The Mazda6 will be available with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto from the factory in December. Again, it's standard on Touring and above, optional on lower trim lines.
 

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Sorry about the no link thing - the site's database should auto-update that within 24 hours for you.

Yet another feature us TomTom owners won't get to enjoy haha.
 

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Mazda made a big deal about this announcement back at the NY Auto Show in March. It was quite anti-climatic, actually.
 

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It should be noted that those who bought 2018 Mazda 6 sport models will NOT get the Apple/Android update. Only those with Touring and above. Not sure why they left out Sport models, but it's a bit disappointing. It's not like Sport models have a different head unit.
 

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My interpretation from various announcements and social media interactions (Mazda Canada is much more active than Mazda USA) is that it's a free upgrade for 2018 non-Sport owners, but that in theory the hardware can be retrofitted to any other model/year that has Connect, for a price. The hardware allegedly consists of a replacement USB hub and a new microphone, not sure why the mic is needed unless perhaps the original does not meet some sensitivity or always-on requirement of either AA or CP. When Ford made a similar retrofit available recently, their replacement USB hub was around $100 for the part, or $300 or so installed.
 

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It would be nice if they upgrade to USB 3.0/3.1 on the front port in the center console if they aren't already. Anyone know what version they've got in there now? I know the rear seat ports output 2.1A (that's what they're labeled anyway), but I think the front ports are probably still only USB 1.1/2.0. I don't know what the host controller in the head unit is capable of supporting, but maybe it's part of the upgrade? Faster data speeds would be nice for speeding up reads from large music collections.
 

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It would be nice if they upgrade to USB 3.0/3.1 on the front port in the center console if they aren't already. Anyone know what version they've got in there now? I know the rear seat ports output 2.1A (that's what they're labeled anyway), but I think the front ports are probably still only USB 1.1/2.0. I don't know what the host controller in the head unit is capable of supporting, but maybe it's part of the upgrade? Faster data speeds would be nice for speeding up reads from large music collections.
I’m not sure about the USB version, but I’m pretty sure it’s not 2.1A. I’ve got an iPhone 8 and get just about 10-12% charge on a 30 min drive to work.
 

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It would be nice if they upgrade to USB 3.0/3.1 on the front port in the center console if they aren't already. Anyone know what version they've got in there now? I know the rear seat ports output 2.1A (that's what they're labeled anyway), but I think the front ports are probably still only USB 1.1/2.0. I don't know what the host controller in the head unit is capable of supporting, but maybe it's part of the upgrade? Faster data speeds would be nice for speeding up reads from large music collections.
I’m not sure about the USB version, but I’m pretty sure it’s not 2.1A. I’ve got an iPhone 8 and get just about 10-12% charge on a 30 min drive to work.
Yeah, same with my iPhone 7+. It was same in my 2016 CX-3 and the wife’s 2016 CX-5. The ports in the rear seat arm rests are clearly marked 2.1A, but they are power only. USB 1.1 and 2.0 is limited to 0.5A for normal ports. USB 2.0 Power Delivery (PD) ports can deliver up to 5A (3A for micro-USB connectors).

So, I’m pretty sure the ports are all USB 2.0.
 

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Last week, my family and I were on vacation. Our rental car was a 2017 Hyundai Elantra. Actually not a bad little car, with most of the safety tech, and a fairly decent drive. Not much power, but at least we were getting 35MPG. Hyundai has sure come a long way.

Anyways, what I was really curious about was the infotainment system which included CarPlay. This was my first time using CarPlay in the real world, and I have to say I was pretty impressed. It is really very intuitive. Apple Maps, is not Google Maps, but entering destinations on the phone was a breeze. They would then pop up on the touch screen and you just hit GO. The interface for Pandora, message, and Maps was really straight forward.

This experience, combined with the latest CNET article about CarPlay and Android auto in the 2018 Mazda 6 are making me really anticipate getting it in my new Signature. Word is now that it should be available in June!
 

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Any word on how they'll notify existing owners when it's available? Or do we have to keep bugging the dealer ourselves?
 

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Speaking to a friend who works at Mazda corporate, it's first being released in Mazda 6 being manufactured now and should be in dealerships by the end of June. But for the rest of us who already have our 18 Mazda 6, they're looking at availability closer to Sept/Oct since this is a global rollout. To expand on this, it is not just a simple software patch, the hardware currently in our cars is going to be replaced with updated units that support Android auto and Apple Carplay. So it's going to take some time for the supplier to manufacture all the units for both cars currently being made and for dealerships to stock for retrofits.
 

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I was hoping that we had the hardware already, since we have the new 2018 Mazda6 but maybe that's not the case. Oh well. I heard from Mazda Canada via Twitter and they said they have no new information on availability or cost. Oh well, it'll be available when it's available.
 

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I'm seriously surprised that a hardware upgrade is needed for AA and ACP at this stage. It seems rather strange to me.
All depends on supplier and parts availability. It may very well be they couldnt get the volumes they needed initially. Which is probably why they aren't going to have the upgrade until Fall-ish. Really not so strange if you factor in lead times and manufacturing schedules. :)

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What about older models?
If you have a 2016 or newer model with MazdaConnect 3 (the floating tablet), then I bet you can pay to have the head unit swapped parts and labor. They have reported that some older models can be retrofitted but it would be fee based.



If you own a 2015 or older model with MazdaConnect 2 (double DIN chassis), you're probably boned.
 

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I have a 2017

I wonder if the screen needs to come out. I'd hate to have the dash pulled apart on my 14 month old car.

Where exactly do the "guts" of the hardware/processor sit?
 
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