Don’t Install the Latest iPhone Beta Update if You Use Apple CarPlay

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As tech-savvy users certainly know, installing beta software comes with an increased likelihood of bugs, and this is the main reason companies don’t recommend users to do this on their primary devices.
This is the case of iOS beta builds too, which are released on a regular basis. The purpose is to give developers and power users out there the chance to take new improvements for a spin before they land in a software update available for the production channel too.

Earlier this week, Apple rolled out the first iOS 14.5 beta build to developers, and a few hours ago, the same version went live for public beta users too. In other words, anyone can install iOS 14.5 beta today if they want to.

And yet, those running CarPlay in their vehicles might want to think twice before doing it, as iOS 14.5 comes with two big issues affecting the experience behind the wheel. Apple has acknowledged both of them in the official release notes of the beta.

The first of them concerns how Siri works when running CarPlay on the head unit, with Apple explaining that sharing an ETA and routes will end up in an error. In other words, you can’t use Siri to provide someone with an ETA, and the Cupertino-based firm says the only workaround available right now is to turn to Apple Maps and share the time of arrival right from within the app.

The second acknowledged issue is even worse, as Apple explains that some vehicles won’t be able to start CarPlay if the iPhone is set to share contacts over the car interface. In other words, you may not be able to use CarPlay at all once you install iOS 14.5 beta.

At the end of the day, the best way to go for those who don’t want to mess with this kind of glitch is to stick with stable builds of iOS, as they should theoretically provide the smoothest and most reliable experience behind the wheel.
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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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