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CarPlay / AA Upgrade - Not possible?

Just purchased a 2018 DS HSE.

It has the InTouch Pro / Meridian sound system.

Part of my negotiation was to have the pack installed to support CarPlay. Dealer just called and said when they attempted, they got a message that it was not compatible.

Does anyone have any experience that would prove, or disprove this?

When I upgraded my MX-5, I had to install new USB hardware that had the appropriate chip in it to allow the handshake with Apple. I'm assuming that is the problem here, but that may be a big assumption and if accurate, I have no clue if JLR is offering or supporting hardware upgrades, or not..

Dealer is supposedly reaching out to their reps, but just figured I'd see if anyone may be able to cut through some of the muddy water on this one.
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I got a 2018 DS HSE in November and they installed Carplay on it... It's a little finicky sometimes but it absoloutly works.
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Well, it turns out that even though dealers website and dealer said it’s a pro, based on reading now I see it is not. It has the hard buttons which appears to be the regular touch.

A little miffed at this point honestly as the dealer says it’s impossible to retrofit with a Touch Pro. Not sure what they are going to try to do for me at this point.

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Im assuming you’re has the Pro?

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I got a 2018 DS HSE in November and they installed Carplay on it... It's a little finicky sometimes but it absoloutly works.

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So, it seems like I'm SOL on this one. Shame on me for not doing enough research to realize this Disco has the regular Touch and not the Touch Pro system, but still a little miffed that the dealer not only advertised it as such, but even agreed for the free software upgrade to enable CarPlay as part of the deal.

From everything I can see, it can only be added to the Pro, and unless I'm missing something the dealership is right in that there is no way to upgrade the stereo hardware (which still seems really odd to me).

If anyone has successfully either upgraded a system (physically obviously) to a Pro, or has found a way to add CarPlay support to a standard Touch model (with Meridian sound if that matters), I would LOVE to hear about it.

Thanks all.
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This might be an option. You can add a carplay/android auto dongle afterwards. I've done this to two of my cars and plan to get one for the disco.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/YESS...916002189.html
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That is interesting. Am I reading things right that effectively it seems to be a "clone" of a Touch Pro system (largely)?

Did you have any problems in the other vehicles you've put these in (loss of default functionality / capabilities, etc...)?

Appreciate that link just can't seem to find much info out there other than their ads.

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This might be an option. You can add a carplay/android auto dongle afterwards. I've done this to two of my cars and plan to get one for the disco.

https://www.aliexpress.com/item/YESS...916002189.html

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Each install was slightly different. The first was a standard headunit swap where I added the carplay dongle to the android headunit and there was no manufacture features to carry over other than steering wheel controls. The second was on a BMW with no nav or I-drive so the android upgrade had the capability to pull the BMW interface if it exsisted. It did add an I-drive like controller which didn't previously exist, and works great with all of the steering wheel controls, menus and carplay. The system linked above should function similarly to the BMW install with our factory interface being present as an option.
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Thanks again for the reply.

I'd be willing to layout the cash, but not sure I want to be the first down this path given I can't seem to find one installed anywhere online.

My concern is the amount of integration that needs to be there given how much core functionality LR has made accessible only through the software interface (heated seat controls, climate options, cameras, park assist, etc, etc...).

Some of the electronics seem tenuous enough in stock form..

I may get the dealer to upgrade to the latest firmware at least (mine is a version behind which is odd as the "newest" seems to have come out late '17 and my DS is an '18...) and see how I get along.

Doesn't look likely, but maybe there's still a chance that LR will offer CarPlay support for the Standard Touch as well. A guy can hope.

If you decide to go for it, I'd love to hear how you make out.

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Each install was slightly different. The first was a standard headunit swap where I added the carplay dongle to the android headunit and there was no manufacture features to carry over other than steering wheel controls. The second was on a BMW with no nav or I-drive so the android upgrade had the capability to pull the BMW interface if it exsisted. It did add an I-drive like controller which didn't previously exist, and works great with all of the steering wheel controls, menus and carplay. The system linked above should function similarly to the BMW install with our factory interface being present as an option.

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Wow, this would be a nice upgrade. Let us know what you think if you buy. Thanks for the link!
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