2021 Signature: Why no wireless Apple Carplay?

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CX9, Signature 2017
It’s has the WiFi and Bluetooth connections. Why did they not include wireless CarPlay?
 
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2021 CX-5T AWD CE
Wireless CP is technically a lot more difficult than wired so it has generally been a high-end feature in a few luxury makes. It’s just now starting to trickle into mainstream vehicles.

- Mark
 
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GTEyes

2020 CX5 Signature - Jet Black
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Mazda actually includes wireless carplay in the '21 models (CX5 and CX9) here in Canada...but it's because we didn't get the new Mazda Connect system that is in the 2019 and up 3's. So they've added the feature to the ancient old Mazda Connect system, which seem so strange...but alas, dems the breaks.
 
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Wireless Carplay sounded neat but not a big deal until I started thinking about how many lightning cables I've had to replace in the last couple years. Probably a half dozen at least. It's not a deal breaker but between that and not having the XM radio on the Touring model either is really making me have second thoughts about a 2021 CX5 this spring.
 
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This is embarrassing for Mazda -- or, at least it should be. What's more embarrassing is that I just leased a 2021 Signature and wrongly assumed, with all the onboard, included features, that wireless carplay was a no-brainer inclusion at the price point and level of trim/features included. So close, Mazda... but, that's an easily avoided fail. Had I known this, I might have waffled on the acquisition given that other competing 3-row SUVs in this price range DO include this. I'm tired of cables. It's a joke that in a 2021 Signature I have to use a cable for carplay and at a sticker price of $47k, wired carplay in an inexplicable limitation.

Even the dated Durango/Jeep platform has added this in 2021. My 2nd choice 3-row I was debating on getting before leaning into the CX-9 (as a former 2015 Durango owner, and 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, I love their superior infotainment system -- wins hands down, with or without a cable).

I have a 2nd lease coming up on a Jeep Cherokee... WAS thinking a CX-5 replacement might be in order, but I'll start expanding my search and maybe land back in a jeep with wireless carplay.
 
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‘17 CX9 Sig/ ‘19 6
This is embarrassing for Mazda -- or, at least it should be. What's more embarrassing is that I just leased a 2021 Signature and wrongly assumed, with all the onboard, included features, that wireless carplay was a no-brainer inclusion at the price point and level of trim/features included. So close, Mazda... but, that's an easily avoided fail. Had I known this, I might have waffled on the acquisition given that other competing 3-row SUVs in this price range DO include this. I'm tired of cables. It's a joke that in a 2021 Signature I have to use a cable for carplay and at a sticker price of $47k, wired carplay in an inexplicable limitation.

Even the dated Durango/Jeep platform has added this in 2021. My 2nd choice 3-row I was debating on getting before leaning into the CX-9 (as a former 2015 Durango owner, and 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, I love their superior infotainment system -- wins hands down, with or without a cable).

I have a 2nd lease coming up on a Jeep Cherokee... WAS thinking a CX-5 replacement might be in order, but I'll start expanding my search and maybe land back in a jeep with wireless carplay.
Technology sure has come a long way to the point that Wireless ACP/AA is now becoming a deal breaker...I have the wired CP/AA in my car but seldom use it as I find it just distracting...too many distractions nowadays but that’s from my personal perspective and preference. I guess you now buy the best infotainment system in the market that comes with the vehicle and not the other way around. Maybe driving doesn’t matter anymore...
 
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GTEyes

2020 CX5 Signature - Jet Black
This is embarrassing for Mazda -- or, at least it should be. What's more embarrassing is that I just leased a 2021 Signature and wrongly assumed, with all the onboard, included features, that wireless carplay was a no-brainer inclusion at the price point and level of trim/features included. So close, Mazda... but, that's an easily avoided fail. Had I known this, I might have waffled on the acquisition given that other competing 3-row SUVs in this price range DO include this. I'm tired of cables. It's a joke that in a 2021 Signature I have to use a cable for carplay and at a sticker price of $47k, wired carplay in an inexplicable limitation.

Even the dated Durango/Jeep platform has added this in 2021. My 2nd choice 3-row I was debating on getting before leaning into the CX-9 (as a former 2015 Durango owner, and 2018 Jeep Grand Cherokee, I love their superior infotainment system -- wins hands down, with or without a cable).

I have a 2nd lease coming up on a Jeep Cherokee... WAS thinking a CX-5 replacement might be in order, but I'll start expanding my search and maybe land back in a jeep with wireless carplay.
Here, I fixed this for you,

...What's more embarrassing is that I just leased a 2021 Signature and wrongly assumed, with all the onboard, included features, that wireless carplay without doing my homework to ensure the vehicle had the features that were important to me.
 
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Easy solution. No more tears required:

 
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2021 CX-5T AWD CE
I’d like to see wireless CP too, but it is NOT the norm in this segment of vehicle. For example, it’s not available on the Pilot, Highlander, or Telluride to name a few. At least for the next year or two, you’ve got to do your homework on these sorts of features.

- Mark
 
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2018 CX-9 GT
I was able to use CarlinKit 2.0 Wireless CarPlay Dongle Adapter linked below to get wireless car play working on my 2018 CX-9. Out of the box it does have random disconnects but after applying all the updates to it including latest one that specifically mentions address Mazda system disconnects it has been working great.

https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B08T97YLLM/
 
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