пт. юни 2nd, 2023

Apple’s coming to assume control over your vehicle, with CarPlay advancing toward all screens

Last year at Apple’s WWDC 2022 programming feature, the brand startlingly captured everyone’s attention with a significant revive of CarPlay. The product connects your iPhone to the presentations inside your vehicle, giving you admittance to applications and elements you use while in the vehicle. That is music and route essentially, you can begin sending tweets at the traffic signals! It’s a more secure method for survey such data, as opposed to on your cell phone.

In the major revive, we can see CarPlay made a beeline for all in-vehicle shows, as opposed to only the principal infotainment board. Truth be told – expect Apple-styled speedometers, dials, and gadgets. While flaunting the awesome new overhaul, the brand fixed 2023 as the delivery date for the product. In any case, don’t anticipate being crashing off toward the distant horizon with the overhauled CarPlay as planned (we’ll get to these later).

With an updated CarPlay headed toward us in the near future, what changes might it bring? Here’s a look at all the new features coming in Apple’s 2023 version of CarPlay.

Be that as it may, what really is Apple CarPlay?

CarPlay sent off in 2014 and empowers you to reflect a restrained form of iOS to your vehicle’s infotainment framework. When the component is empowered on your iPhone, you interface the gadget to your vehicle either by link or through Bluetooth. Tragically, the manner in which you associate is designed into the vehicle by the producer, you can constantly pick the most advantageous strategy. Once attached, you can connect with the CarPlay interface rather than your vehicle’s marsh standard programming.

CarPlay sits on top of your car’s standard infotainment system, and enables you to access a small selection of apps. You can jump into Music, Messages, Phone, and Maps, just to name a few. By opening these straight on your car’s display, it eliminates any temptation to touch your phone while driving. As you’d expect, you can also take calls, reply to messages, and use Siri via CarPlay.

Since the software is essentially an app dialled up to eleven, you’ll need to trudge your way back through the car’s software for any vehicle settings or maintenance info. CarPlay is the most popular in-car software, beating Android Auto (the Android alternative) and standard manufacturer software. Apple claims 99% of cars in the US support CarPlay (not quite so many in the UK), and that 79% of Americans wouldn’t buy a car without it. We’re not quite sure how true this is, but we’re big fans nonetheless.

All the new CarPlay features to expect in 2023

Like we mentioned, Apple showed off a complete redesign of CarPlay from the ground up. And when we say a complete redesign, we mean every bell and whistle. Apple is aiming for a launch at the end of 2023. The biggest difference between CarPlay in its current version and the new one is how it takes over your car. Rather than working alongside the existing software in your car, the new and improved version of CarPlay will replace it entirely (the software, not your car… yet).

In addition to the CarPlay apps, you’ll find that Apple’s software experience extends to all other displays in the car. This includes the dashboard, and any extended dashboards (such as the one in Mercedes cars). Apple didn’t mention if displays in the rear of the car would be supported – but these aren’t all that commonplace just yet.

Yep, you heard right. Apple is revamping the dashboard with its custom-designed speedometers, dials, petrol gauges, and range indicators. You’ll also be able to put widgets on the dashboard, such as the weather, or opt for traditional driver stats. On longer dashboards, Apple will let you add additional widgets, see more in-depth trip info, and control your music. With all that extra screen real estate, you might as well take advantage of it all!

Most notably, since the revamped CarPlay replaces the entire car’s software, you can control the car through it. You’ll be able to adjust the climate, switch on the heated seats, play the FM radio, and more – just like you’d expect from the standard software in a car. The best part? It’s all still within CarPlay, so you don’t have to exit the interface, and Apple’s design carries forward. Apple wants to create a more familiar experience in the car with the new CarPlay, reminding you of your phone.

At the end of the sneak peek, Apple explained which automakers would support the revamped CarPlay. The list included Ford, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Infiniti, Honda, Acura, Jaguar, Land Rover, Audi, Nissan, Volvo, Porsche, Polestar, and mentioned that more would be added ahead of the 2023 launch. BMW was a notable exception, having supported CarPlay for years, and working with the new CarKey feature. Don’t expect Tesla to appear on the list either, as it uses its own software (which is fairly good, as you might have heard).

Did somebody mention problems? When to expect Apple’s new CarPlay

While Apple is targeting a 2023 release, it seems that this won’t come easy. Remember how BMW won’t support the redesigned CarPlay? That’s because the automaker flat-out decided to not allow the software to take over the entire car’s system. Instead, the brand wants you to use its own iDrive 9 system. Fortunately, the current version of CarPlay will keep support going in the future. But we wouldn’t be surprised if other automakers decide to kick up a fuss as well, favouring their own in-car software – however rubbish it may be.

Could this cause delays to the roll-out of Apple’s new CarPlay? Potentially, but probably not. Just like during the WWDC demo, Apple seems perfectly happy to have some car brands excluded from the software. If anyone else joins the BMW hold-out club, Apple will most likely still launch the software without their support.

This means that we’re still looking at late 2023 for the launch of Apple’s new CarPlay. Since CarPlay piggybacks off your iPhone, we’d expect to see the software roll out as part of iOS 17. Should Apple follow its usual schedule, we’ll hear all about this in June at WWDC 2023, and see the software when it releases in September. Either way, we’ll hear more about it in the coming months.

CarPlay sets the stage for big software improvements in vehicles

When the revamped CarPlay launches in 2023, in-car software will look and feel very different. Car manufacturers have a reputation for not-that-great software (they are there to make the car, after all), and so CarPlay will improve that experience and plays nice with Apple’s ecosystem naturally. It’s a win for the car, and you.

With Apple taking the lead, car manufacturers will be able to take a step back from the software. Or at least continue at the current C-grade standard. Of course, cars will still need their own software for those with Android devices (we assume) or no smartphone at all. But it’s likely that automakers’ own software will get better since they’ve now got Apple’s version to compete with.

By Vasil

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