Apple just announced the new iOS 14 update, and it’s full of notable changes, many of which directly relate to CarPlay. The CarPlay iOS 14 updates are vast and plentiful, and promise to truly change the way users navigate and around town and on long trips.
That experience begins with an entirely new look, thanks to five new colorful background options. These wallpapers are dynamic and adjust light to dark based on the time of day, if dark and light mode switching is enabled. The new wallpapers can be found in the settings app introduced in iOS 13.
Speaking of apps, a variety of new types are on their way for the CarPlay iOS 14 update, including an EV charging station app that shows nearby facilities, an app that allows users to order food on their way to a restaurant, and an app that highlights all available parking spaces nearby.
Apple Maps has received a big update as part of the CarPlay iOS redo, which includes alerts for red lights and traffic cameras. EV owners will see routes with charging stations that are compatible with the specific model the user is driving, and Maps will automatically navigate around highly congested and restricted areas.
Siri has received some updates as well, and now mimics the same look present on the iPhone. Siri can also now send voice messages, as well as share the driver’s ETA to a destination with whomever they want. Previously, this feature was available only in Maps, not Siri.
Apple also announced the arrival of its new CarKey feature, which allows users to lock, unlock, and start their vehicles using their iPhone. To lock/unlock a vehicle, users simply place the iPhone against the door handle. To start the vehicle, the phone must be placed in the wireless charger, after which the driver can press the ignition button. Keys can also be shared with other users either temporarily or with full access.
As Ford Authority reported yesterday, Lincoln rival BMW will be the first automaker to utilize the new CarKey feature.
The developer preview of iOS 14 is available to Apple Developer Program members starting today, and a public beta will be available to iOS users next month. New software features will be available this fall as a free software update for iPhone 6s and later.