Since debuting CarPlay in the 2017 Maxima, Nissan has been gradually expanding support for Apple’s in-car platform throughout much of the carmaker’s lineup, integrating with its NissanConnect infotainment system.
I’ve had an opportunity to spend some time testing out CarPlay and NissanConnect on a new 2019 Nissan Altima, one of the most popular midsize sedans on the market, and I’ve found it to be a solid combination.
For the redesigned Altima, Nissan is offering CarPlay standard across all trims, meaning that even the base model starting at $23,900 will support it. That’s a welcome distinction from many other vehicles where a [...]
With a new material called Gallium nitride (GaN), semiconductor components have been able to be shrunk down, leading to smaller than ever charging accessories. Several accessory makers have been taking advantage of GaN technology for new products, including Anker.
Anker recently debuted the PowerPort Atom PD 1, a 30W USB-C charger that’s much smaller than the USB-C power adapters offered by Apple and, in fact, not much larger than an iPhone charger.
The Atom measures in at 1.4 inches wide and 1.5 inches tall, which is about 40 percent smaller than the similar 29/30W USB-C chargers that ship with the MacBook and MacBook Air.
Design wise, [...]
Back in November, I took a look at Fiat Chrysler’s Uconnect infotainment system and CarPlay integration in the Chrysler Pacifica Hybrid minivan, discovering a quite positive user experience that nearly seamlessly incorporates CarPlay into Uconnect. That seamlessness comes thanks to an 8.4-inch Uconnect display that keeps a top status bar and a bottom menu bar visible at all times for easy navigation.
FCA isn’t stopping at an 8.4-inch display, however, with the company’s 2019 Ram 1500 offering a gigantic 12.3-inch portrait display as an optional upgrade. I’ve had a chance to spend some time with a Ram 1500 Laramie, so I thought I’d share my [...]
Last fall I had the chance to take a look at ZENS‘ all-new Dual + Watch Wireless Charger, which offers spots to charge two Qi-enabled smartphones and one perch for the Apple Watch. I came away quite liking the accessory, which should be a great charging hub for anyone in a two-person household, and now the company has launched a companion accessory called the ZENS Dual Wireless Powerbank.
This device is a portable battery pack that itself includes two spots for wirelessly charging an iPhone 8 or later (or any Qi smartphone), similar to the design of the Dual + Watch stand. The Powerbank has a 9,000 mAh battery, two USB-A ports, and one USB-C charging port on the rear [...]