Portofino Software vs Apple CarPlay

Discussion in 'California/Portofino/Roma' started by NZCREW, Feb 25, 2019.


    NZCREW Karting

    Nov 20, 2018
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    Craig pickett
    A great feature of the Portofino is the large central display which is practical and useable. The potential downside of this feature is when (in 3 - 5 years time) the current software becomes obsolete / dated. Hopefully Ferrari will update provide updates, but at some stage, when the PF Is replaced, Ferrari may stop any PF software updates.

    One possible solution is Apple CarPlay, which may be updated by Apple on your mobile phone. However, knowing Apple very quickly the Hardware will not be able to keep up with the software improvements (i.e. the need to constantly upgrade your iPhone - or in this case the PF hardware). Again I see a probability that at some point (again 5 years time) where upgrades will no longer be possible.

    Interested to hear some thoughts on this likely issue.
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  2. keithos27

    keithos27 Formula 3

    Oct 26, 2012
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    CarPlay hasn’t been out long enough to truly know... it’s been a little over 4 years now, perhaps almost five.

    In the grand scheme of things, it’s not a super expensive option...
  3. Makuono

    Makuono Formula Junior
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    Feb 15, 2014
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    I completely agree. Multimedia systems are the first thing to get outdated.

    I really think the way forward will be to have the screen as removable/optional (or upgradable), so in 15 years from now we aren't driving a car with a worthless black screen in the middle. See the screens from the 2000's and think what will happen to our current automobiles in a decade or so.
  4. azlin75

    azlin75 Formula Junior

    Jul 16, 2017
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    Shawn Hicks
    Actually I think older systems will hold up longer then newer systems, or at least will lose more functionality then older ones. Take the system in the California for example. It does radio, Xm, cd, stored mp3 on hard disk and Bluetooth. So long as you update the maps and your device has Bluetooth it should work although will look antiquated. Even a unit with Apple CarPlay will eventually become worthless as the newer phones don’t support older versions since at some point the units that currently have Apple CarPlay will stop accepting updates. But I think it will be a while before they are useless and to be honest these cars are really meant to appeal to the first few owners. I don’t think any manufacturer cares about the media centers functionality 5 or 10 years down the road
  5. bob_Uk

    bob_Uk Karting

    Oct 13, 2016
    My first car did not have it and the second did. Being an Apple owner I think that it is a must have option. There is a lot of truth in the comment about the lack of support of some systems over time, but if you have a technical background you see that this should be "mirror" onto your iPhone however new you phone becomes. The software is dead simple in the grand scheme of things.

    I cannot see support finishing for a long time - in the same way as we now use Remote Desktops to access newer and newer systems at work yet an old crappy PC or Mac at home continues to work fine.

    Just my opinion. Tick it!
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  6. TheBigDot

    TheBigDot Rookie

    Apr 27, 2019
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    Michael Kalb
    Does anyone know if CarPlay is now standard on 2020 models? My dealer could not find the option code listed anymore, they are asking Ferrari about it Monday.
  7. bmcginn

    bmcginn Rookie

    Dec 11, 2005
    Please let me know. I’m in the middle of optioning a 2020.
  8. TheBigDot

    TheBigDot Rookie

    Apr 27, 2019
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    Michael Kalb
    Have you asked your dealer about it? Would love to get a view from another dealer.

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  9. bmcginn

    bmcginn Rookie

    Dec 11, 2005
    I’m headed there on Friday. Will let you know.
  10. tommygun64

    tommygun64 Karting

    Mar 24, 2018
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    Got told today, in place of Apple Car Play there is a new option SMRT (I guess it means smart phone). They speculate it means connection both for iphone and android but they didn't really know more details and they were going to ask the factory.
  11. lamborarri

    lamborarri Formula Junior
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    Nov 15, 2015
    I just spec my Port today and there’s no apple option to choose. Would like to know if it become standard?
  12. TheBigDot

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    Apr 27, 2019
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    Michael Kalb
    Its not standard. The option code has changed to incorporate both CarPlay and Android Auto.
  13. GlowRed

    GlowRed Formula Junior

    Mar 2, 2012
    West Midlands, UK
    I have read about a Cali owner who has found out that the iPhone software has developed quicker than the Cali Apple CarPlay software, thus rendering his Apple CarPlay useless.

    I was considering to add CarPlay to my spec but did not, and I'm happy I didn't after finding out about the potential software issues.

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