During WWDC 2022, Apple demonstrated the next generation of CarPlay(CP), which looks stunning. Apple Car vibes abound with the complete CarPlay takeover of the infotainment display, dash controls, and more.
While Project Titan remains a research and development project, Apple has stated that the first cars compatible with next-generation CarPlay will be announced at the end of 2023. It’s likely that drivers will have to wait until 2024 or 2025 to experience next-generation CP.
However, iOS 16 includes a few updates to CarPlay, and these features are available to all users with the software update.
In major iOS updates, Apple occasionally adds new app categories to CarPlay. Food ordering, parking, and EV charging apps are examples of previous types. iOS 16 adds two new app categories: fueling and driving task apps.
CarPlay includes apps for fueling and driving tasks. CP can house your favorite apps that help you fill up your gas tank and provide road information, toll support, towing assistance, and more.
Messages and Podcasts
Two other CarPlay changes in iOS 16 do not necessitate future app updates. Apple has accelerated the flow of messaging when using Siri, and the Podcasts app has grown in size.
Beginning with iOS 16, drivers can choose to automatically send a message after Siri has reviewed it. If you decide to change the message, CP provides an edit button for you to do so.
The Podcasts app on CP concentrated on the Listening Now feature, but other methods of locating the right podcast episode required the iPhone app.
Users can now find downloaded or saved episodes starting with iOS 16. The app now lets you view the most recent episodes of shows in your library. There are also three new wallpaper options with support for light and dark modes.