Older Porsches have been updated and will install the Apple operating system, but the price is high
Luxury cars do not age: in general, the older the model, the more valuable it gets and, even after 30 years, it can be described as a “vintage” example, increasing its scarcity.
However, there are problems imposed by modernity. In recent years, cars have become smarter by using operating systems for on-board computers. Apple and Android have created an entire ecosystem around automotive functionality, essential for driving safety and easy convenience.
Obviously, the oldest models are cut from this innovation, being, in fact, less attractive than any Tesla, for example.
Porsche takes a step into the future
Owners of mid-2000s Porsche cars can now enjoy the latest technology in their favorite car. As long as they are willing to spend money.
Porsche is selling an upgraded trip computer system for mid-2000s cars including the 911, Boxster and Cayman that adds support for Apple’s CarPlay system and other features.
The full list of models supported by Porsche Classic Communication Management Plus (PCCM Plus) includes the 997 Porsche 911 and 987 Porsche Boxster, while the Cayman can also be used if the model was built from 2005 to 2008. The store adds that Porsche Cayennes built from 2003 to 2008 are also is supported.
By adding support for CarPlay (unfortunately with cable), The head unit is capable of playing multimedia content via Bluetooth, when USB sticks are compatible. A new trip computer and the ability to save customized car settings have also been added. These may include, for example, setting the climate control. And because the whole thing is a direct replacement for the car’s existing 2 DIN system, there are no wires or screens sticking out anywhere.
Apple CarPlay support is also a staple in the modern cars you buy today, and adding it to the beloved Porsche is even better. Support for things like full-screen scrolling and updated maps is great, most of all for vehicles that otherwise do not have this technology. The PCCM Plus version sold in the US and Canada will also include support for SiriusXM satellite radio.
As you might expect, since this is a factory Porsche part, none of this will come cheap. The PCCM Plus price in the US is $1,475.99, and Porsche, predictably, says so. assembly must be handed over to its technicians. It is unclear if this will add additional cost to the case, but it seems unlikely at this point.