Porsche to bring Apple's CarPlay to 718 Cayman series

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Sportscar maker Porsche has announced support for Apple's CarPlay in the 718 Cayman and 718 Cayman S, which are now on sale, but only shipping to dealers in late November.

Unusually, Porsche's announcement makes no reference to Android Auto compatibility, something almost de facto in any 2017-model vehicle also being updated with CarPlay. The latter is bundled with the Connect Plus upgrade module though, which also offers things like Google Earth and Google Street View.

The standard 718 Cayman starts at $53,900, before options and fees, while the S model is $66,300. The latter has a 2.5-liter, 350 horsepower engine, giving it faster acceleration and a higher top speed.

Porsche already offers suport in the 718 Boxster, the 2016 model of the 911, and 2017 Macans.

When CarPlay launched in 2014, luxury vehicles were initially the only ones to have the technology built in, making it inaccessible for most people. The first car, in fact, was the Ferrari FF. Since then Apple and automakers have worked to get the standard into more affordable vehicles from companies like Ford, Honda, Kia, and Chevrolet.