Apple Bringing Wallpapers to CarPlay Is Both Good News and Bad News

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Apple has recently announced iOS 14, the company’s highly-anticipated iPhone update that is projected to launch in the fall and is now available for testing for registered developers.
One of the biggest improvements in iOS 14 as far as CarPlay is concerned is the addition of support for wallpapers, which essentially allows users to further customize the background they see in their cars.

Needless to say, this is quite a nice touch, and such capabilities have only been possible before on jailbroken iPhones.

And while so many people are happy that Apple is finally bringing wallpapers to CarPlay, there’s also some bad news about the whole thing.

More specifically, the very first developer build of iOS 14 does enable the changing of CarPlay backgrounds, but on the other hand, only pre-defined wallpapers can be used. In other words, yes, you can use a wallpaper for CarPlay, but you can’t use a custom image that is stored on your device.

Apple lets you choose from a bunch of wallpapers that it added in iOS 14, and right now, there are two different categories with abstract combinations of colors or just a solid color. You can pick between the two right from the new Settings icon that shows up on CarPlay after installing the new update on your iPhone.

Of course, there’s a chance that this could all change by the time iOS 14 is finalized and shipped to production devices, but on the other hand, blocking the use of custom wallpapers is something that Apple would definitely do. So while wallpapers are coming to CarPlay, they’re not exactly what users expected from this feature, which means jailbreaking an iPhone remains the only way to unlock the full capabilities in this regard.

iOS 14 will run on iPhone 6s and newer, and the stable version is scheduled to launch in September.
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About the author: Bogdan Popa
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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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