You’ll Love the New Apple CarPlay Dashboard Launching in the Next iPhone Update

Apple CarPlay on wide screen 5 photos
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iOS 13.4 beta, which was shipped by Apple to registered testers earlier this week, comes with several notable improvements for CarPlay, including support for third-party navigation apps on the dashboard and updated call controls.
At first glance, it looks like Apple is very committed to refining the dashboard experience in CarPlay, and as you’ll discover after checking out the screenshots in the photo gallery, there’s even more to come for iPhone owners who connect their devices to cars when driving.

Thanks to the iOS 13.4 update, which is supposed to be released to all iPhones either later this month or in early March, CarPlay will support two different card sizes on the dashboard in order to better adapt to the information displayed on the screen.

Pictured here is the call card, which uses different dimensions during a phone call, all in an attempt to become less intrusive and to keep the information that’s important for the driver, like the navigation, at the core of the dashboard.

Another significant change in CarPlay is a more polished experience on wide screens. The screenshots you see here are made on a Lexus RX and show the CarPlay dashboard expanding the maps UI to cover a bigger part of the screen. This makes sense given the available screen estate, so it looks like Apple is optimizing CarPlay to take full advantage of the displays regardless of its dimensions.

Furthermore, the cards on the right are also adjusted depending on what’s running on the screen. If navigation guidance is active, then the music playback card is automatically resized to eat up less space. If drivers do not set up a destination in the navigation app, then the playback card uses more space, simply because navigation instructions no longer need to be displayed.

Needless to say, Apple could further refine these improvements with even more polishing in the coming weeks ahead of the debut of iOS 13.4 for all iPhones.
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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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