The car manufacturers will start integrating the new interface at the end of 2023
The latest Apple Keynote event has thrilled the automotive world with the unveiling of the next-generation Apple CarPlay on iOS 16. The updates are quite significant, making the whole experience all the more practical. Apple is partnering with many automakers such as Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Porsche, Nissan, Ford, Audi, Volvo, Honda and Renault to develop CarPlay and aims to roll it out by the end of 2023.
Here are the top 5 features you should know about the updated Apple CarPlay:
1. CarPlay is integrated in the driver display
To provide a more seamless experience, the Apple CarPlay ecosystem has now moved away from touchscreen infotainment and is now more deeply integrated into the digital driver display. Deeper integration with the vehicle’s on-board systems allows the CarPlay interface to take over the entire digital instrument panel from the vehicle manufacturer. That includes the display of information such as speedometer, tachometer, fuel consumption, trip meter, turn-by-turn navigation, live media and other information that you regularly see on a digital driver display.
2. Customizable Instrument Panel Themes
Just like a smartwatch, you can choose your own themes for the digital driver display while using Apple CarPlay. The range of visual themes includes different styles, such as dials, a digital speedometer with all the driving information or visually creative interfaces that would not traditionally be offered by a car manufacturer. You can also choose between different gauge designs, which you have to download via your iPhone, such as an extension or an add-on.
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3. New Widgets
The new generation of Apple CarPlay will offer more functionality with the new widgets that can show more information without having to cycle through different screens. The list includes travel information, weather forecast, calendar, air quality index, emails, online orders, news headlines, online payments and much more. Just like a smartphone, you can add and customize widgets and create an informative interface.
4. In-cab operation without leaving the CarPlay interface
The new generation of Apple CarPlay also allows users to perform certain actions in the cabin without leaving the ecosystem. This is especially true for modern vehicles where functions such as climate control and seat controls are controlled via the car’s central touchscreen. These functions can be operated while using CarPlay itself. This is one of the more practical benefits as it gives you more functionality with less distraction from complicated touchscreen menus for cab controls.
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5. Can adapt to different screen sizes
The new Apple CarPlay can be adapted to different screen sizes for both digital instrument clusters and central touchscreens. The interface with all new features can work in landscape and portrait, and even on multiple screens. The layout will be different for each type of screen, but without losing any features. This adaptability should make it easier for the new generation of CarPlay to be offered by various car manufacturers around the world.