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Fantastic.

Will be going by the dealership later today so I'm going to stop and schedule. I'm sure they will either not know anything about it or not know when they'll have the parts.

Really happy that "The hardware and software updates take approximately two service hours to perform.
In addition to installing Apple CarPlay™ and Android Auto™, those Mazda6 models upgraded will also receive a more powerful, faster-charging 2.1-amp USB port in addition to the latest software version of MAZDA CONNECT™.


Answers a lot of questions folks have been asking, all positive.

Thanks for the heads up.
 

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LOL, this is what I'm expecting from my dealership as well. I'm going to wait until the middle of the month to ask.

Also it's nice to see that it's confirmed that the new USB hub that's replacing the current one will be a 2.1 amp port to support rapid charging.
 

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Good lord the stock USB ports are slow. 2.1 A will be a welcome upgrade.

The upgrade will be available for 2017 and prior models, though it's not clear exactly how far back it goes. The upgrade for 2017 and older models will not be free, either.
 

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Good lord the stock USB ports are slow. 2.1 A will be a welcome upgrade.

The upgrade will be available for 2017 and prior models, though it's not clear exactly how far back it goes. The upgrade for 2017 and older models will not be free, either.
Goes back to 2014 model as well as I was told by Service Rep at the dealership and also will not be free for 14-17 models but 18 models yes.. Come September all 18 and future models will have Carplay/Android Auto standard.
 

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Cool to be sure, but it also be nice to get an idea of how much "installation" is required: i.e. not too excited about ripping my interior apart. Hopefully the lion's share of the 2 service hours is the actual sw update and the only hw change is swapping out the usb block from the armrest.

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It's a little more involved than just switching the USB hub, in addition to the obvious firmware update (about 45 minutes). Physical removal of the CMU is needed to add new USB cables that supply the additional ampage.

A few owners actually imported the new hub from China and already did the hardware modification from what I have gathered.

Source: the Carplay diagram thread from mazda3revolution forums
 

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This is great news, and as others have stated, I expect that if I call my dealer today they will have no idea when I can actually bring my car in to have it installed. I'm glad they confirmed the 2.1 amp USB ports, but I was pretty sure they were going to have to do that to be approved by Google/Apple to use their branding.

I'm hoping they'll remove the no touchscreen controls while moving limitation when using the Android Auto interface. If not, we'll see how well the knob works with Android Auto that was designed as a touch only interface.
 

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It's a little more involved than just switching the USB hub, in addition to the obvious firmware update (about 45 minutes). Physical removal of the CMU is needed to add new USB cables that supply the additional ampage.

A few owners actually imported the new hub from China and already did the hardware modification from what I have gathered.

Source: the Carplay diagram thread from mazda3revolution forums
Do you have a link to the diagram?

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Do you have a link to the diagram?

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Ignore my last post. I just found it. However that is the install for a Mazda3. I'm holding out hope that they already ran cables for the 2018 Mazda 6 as part of manufacturing. Otherwise they are going to have to disassemble the center console, which I would rather not do for fear of broken clips and rattles.

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So basically this will be available for us 2014-2015 peasants as well? But how, I don't understand, how would they add apple android car play to the outdated and old infotainment and how would apple android car play shows in the screen?

Basically how it works is you plug in your phone and apple car play appears on the screen. I don't see how this can be done on this old ass infotainment which is super old compared to 2016 info

I listen a lot to spotify with unlimited music streaming, so this would be great, but Mazda is probably gonna charge $500 for installation

See it happen


You can always just use a phone holder and your phone there lol first world problems
 

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It technically applies to all MZD connect equipped vehicles, I know from that thread someone did it to a MX-5 and a KE CX-5, and per the official PR release by Mazda on the 18 Mazda6 today it looks like a cable/hub swap too, otherwise they wouldn't have to quote a 2 hour work window (again, firmware takes about 40-45 minutes to complete).

The Low Quality diagrams posted had the new cables routed from the CMU, down to the side of the glove box and through the passenger side firewall, FWIW.
 

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I'm guessing with 2hrs labor plus parts it'd be around $250 to upgrade a 14-17 model. I'd be interested to see what, if any other, enhancements it would give to MazdaConnect 2.0
 

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Forgot to mention, the trim/panel removal is more tedious than daunting, and the center vent garnish is held together by metal clips, and the center tunnel is held together by some some really sturdy clips that can withstand reasonable manhandling.

Unrelated: feel free to drool on the Alcantara trim pieces available as accessories in JDM (Yes, that's blue LED footwell lighting in the second pic, available in white too).
 

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Technically as long as the system can setup the CarPlay functionality, there should be no reason the head unit can't do it. CarPlay is only an extension of the iPhone's display onto the screen. So it's like an interactive screen mirroring interface. All the application functionality is still done on the iPhone, not the head unit. All the HU has to worry about is setting up the AirPlay client to get the image, sending back the touch screen commands and ergo controller inputs, and controlling the audio stream (and maybe navi info for the HUD? (not sure if it will be supported)).

The hardware changes are likely the result of 2 reasons: The Apple CarPlay authentication chip is not built into the HU from the factory, and Apple's 2.1A charging requirement was not implemented by Mazda from the factory either. Both will be added by the new USB hub. The authentication chip is the reason why AA could be hacked into the HU but not CarPlay. Apple has a strict certification process to be allowed to use this chip, but Google does not require such things for AA. Of course maybe there's some kind of certification but certainly no hardware requirements. Why the USB cables from the HU to the hub need replaced though I'm not completely sure, but I'm sure something didn't meet Apple's spec.

Anyways, I'm looking forward to this! Hopefully they will have made other bug fixes as well.
 

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Has anyone seen this work in person? Curious if you can use the touch screen when not in Park when using CP/AA. If not, it would seem to negate some of the benefits of having those applications.
 

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I'm curious if there are any other non Carplay/Android Auto changes that will come with the latest version of Mazda Connect. I have 2 gripes with the current software, both of them having to do with Satellite radio.



1. I don't like that there is no ability to pause and rewind when listening to Satellite Radio. My 2009 Mazda6 has this function and I used it quite a bit. Seems lame that this simple feature didn't carry over to the newer models.

2. I don't like that song and artist information gets cut off on the screen when listening to satellite radio. If the artist's name, song name, etc. is over a certain number of characters, it just gets cut off. Pretty weak given how much screen real estate there is. Seems kinda lazy to me from a programming perspective.
 

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Cool to be sure, but it also be nice to get an idea of how much "installation" is required: i.e. not too excited about ripping my interior apart. Hopefully the lion's share of the 2 service hours is the actual sw update and the only hw change is swapping out the usb block from the armrest.

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From what I was told that is the only real physical part of the installation. They weren't sure if the ports in the rear seat would be replaced but all the wiring is in place. They will not be taking the dash apart in any way

The majority of the install time is the download of the new files.

I would assume we'll be given a supplement for the operating Manual as well.

I'm scheduled for Sept. 12. If there will be any change they said I would be notified no less than 10 days before.
 

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From what I was told that is the only real physical part of the installation. They weren't sure if the ports in the rear seat would be replaced but all the wiring is in place. They will not be taking the dash apart in any way

The majority of the install time is the download of the new files.

I would assume we'll be given a supplement for the operating Manual as well.

I'm scheduled for Sept. 12. If there will be any change they said I would be notified no less than 10 days before.

I'm hoping more specific instructions that are descriptive of the install show up online at some point. I assume they would need to remove the screen/hardware to get to the usb ports on the rear of it.
 
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