This Is the New CarPlay: Apple Reveals More Images Ahead of Launch

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We've known for a while that the new-generation CarPlay was coming, but Apple has decided to remain tight-lipped on most juicy details. This approach made many believe that CarPlay is MIA and the iPhone maker can't convince car companies to adopt the updated experience.
While the work with car manufacturers is currently underway, the new-generation CarPlay is still scheduled to make an appearance this year.

Apple used the WWDC 2024 event to drop more images before this highly anticipated launch, providing us with a closer look at the new CarPlay interface.

A WWDC session detailed how CarPlay would be integrated into new-generation vehicles, emphasizing that the experience will be fully customizable. Carmakers will be allowed to tweak the look and feel of the UI to retain their brand identities, making CarPlay feel unique in every car.

Apple's new teaser images show various approaches, including one where the familiar CarPlay experience runs on the infotainment screen, while widgets use the other displays on the dashboard. CarPlay will support all screens on the dash, including the instrument cluster. It'll offer deep Apple Maps integration, and the driver will get the full navigation experience, along with essential data, such as the battery level and the current speed, in front of their eyes.

The images also show the level of vehicle integration that Apple hopes to achieve with the new CarPlay. The updated system will include multiple apps to read various vehicle data, including the tire pressure, and all the information will be displayed on the screen, according to the carmaker's chosen layout.

The widgets and available apps can be combined in any way the carmaker wishes, albeit it'll probably be up to each company to decide the level of customization that will be offered to users.

CarPlay will also offer access to vehicle settings, including the drive mode, the driving assistance systems, and the interior goodies. Users will be able to adjust the climate controls and get notifications when the battery is fully charged. CarPlay will let drivers unlock the charger by tapping the screen.

The new CarPlay will debut this year on new Porsche and Aston Martin models, and Apple didn't reveal other carmakers that'll adopt the revamped experience at WWDC. However, it's believed the company is already working with other big names on integrating CarPlay in 2024 and 2025 models, and more information could be shared in September when the new iPhone generation gets the go-ahead.

CarPlay 2.0 will continue to be powered by an iPhone, so it won't be a standalone OS, as it is with Android Automotive. However, it won't be available in cars fitted with the existing CarPlay version, as it'll require new hardware, and customers won't be able to upgrade the system unless the carmaker offers this option.
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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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