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Here's everything we know about Apple's next-gen CarPlay

By Joe Rossignol

It's been almost two years since Apple first unveiled next-gen CarPlay at WWDC 2022, and it still hasn't become available in any cars. Below we provide the latest information about the upcoming software system.

Rendering of the next generation Apple CarPlay from WWDC 2022
The next generation of CarPlay will have deeper integration with the car's dashboard, climate control, FM radio and more. It will also support multiple displays on the dashboard and offer various personalization options.

Launch Timing

Aston Martin and Porsche have revealed their individual next-generation CarPlay projects. December. Aston Martin said it will launch its first next-generation CarPlay-enabled cars in 2024, including a new model of its high-end DB12 sports car. Porsche did not provide a timeline or specific information about its plans.

A Porsche spokesperson told us this week that it does not currently have an update on the availability of the next generation of CarPlay, while a Porsche spokesperson did not provide any updates on the availability of the next generation of CarPlay. Aston Martin has not yet responded to our request for comment.

Porsche's next-generation CarPlay will be previewed in December 2023.
In January, Apple updated its website to confirm that the first car models with next-gen CarPlay support would debut “in 2024,” but a more specific time frame has not yet been given. This wording appears on Apple websites in several countries, including the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, and others.

Committed automakers

When the following was first announced Next-generation CarPlay, Apple said the following automakers are ready to offer it in new cars:

  • Acura
  • Audi
  • Ford
  • Honda
  • Infiniti
  • Jaguar
  • Land Rover
  • Lincoln
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Nissan
  • Polestar
  • Porsche
  • Renault
  • Volvo

In addition to adding Aston Martin , it is unclear whether this list has changed since the initial announcement at WWDC 2022.

A preview of Aston Martin's next-gen CarPlay will be released in December 2023.
Apple has not indicated whether there will be any apps or next-generation CarPlay features available in existing vehicles with standard CarPlay support.

New features

Dashboard integration

The next generation of CarPlay will integrate with the car's dashboard, including speedometer, tachometer, odometer, fuel gauge, engine. temperature gauge, oil pressure gauge and much more. Apple says drivers will be able to choose from several dashboard designs and layouts, including brand-specific options.

Climate Control

You'll be able to get Access your car's climate control directly through the new CarPlay interface, allowing you to adjust the air conditioning or heating temperature, fan speed, heated seats, heated steering wheel and more.

Multiple display support

The next generation of CarPlay will be able to be displayed on all displays of the car, providing a consistent experience of the infotainment system and instruments. cluster and any additional screens on the dashboard. Apple says the new CarPlay will be tailored to each car model and will fit unique screen shapes and layouts.

Widgets

Widgets will be a key part of the new experience CarPlay, offering at-a-glance information such as trip duration, fuel consumption, distance traveled, calendar events, weather, phone calls, HomeKit-enabled garage door status and more. It will also be possible to view and scroll widgets on the instrument cluster.

FM Radio app

The next generation of CarPlay will include an all-new multimedia app that lets you easily control your car's FM radio, such as changing the station.

New apps

iOS 17.4 for iPhone includes hidden code-level links to eight new CarPlay apps :

  • Automatic settings: This application will allow you to control paired iPhones and configure the car. settings.
  • Car Camera: This application will display the image from the car's rear view camera.
  • Board: For electric vehicles. , this application will display the battery level, charging status, time remaining until the battery is fully charged, and more.
  • Climate: This application will provide access to the climate control of the car inside CarPlay, which allows you to adjust the temperature of the air conditioning or heating system, fan speed, heated seats, heated steering wheel and much more.
  • Latches:This application will display if any of the doors vehicle is open and can also display vehicle warning symbols.
  • Media:This application will provide access to controls for FM and AM radio stations. in CarPlay, as well as other multimedia options such as SiriusXM. It's unclear whether SiriusXM will offer satellite connectivity or remain limited to internet streaming. Users will be able to choose from a list of music genres such as Top 40 and Rock.
  • Tire Pressure: This app will display the air pressure of each of the vehicle's tires. and warns of low and high pressure, as well as flat tire.
  • Driving: This application provides a variety of driving-related data, including average vehicle speed, fuel efficiency or energy efficiency, total time and distance traveled on a trip, and more.

iOS 17.4 also revealed that the next generation of CarPlay will likely display a “Goodbye” animation on the dashboard display after the driver turns off car:

As Apple previously announced, additional images found in iOS 17.4 confirm that users will be able to customize the theme and color scheme of the next generation of CarPlay, including the appearance of the instrument cluster:

Apple released iOS 17.4 in early March, and it's possible that this will be the minimum version of software required for the next generation of CarPlay when it eventually releases. However, it's also possible that Apple is still making final preparations for iOS 17.5 and later, so we'll eventually have to wait and see when the software is ready.

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Summary

Apple says that the next generation of CarPlay will launch in 2024, but more specific dates are not yet known. Aston Martin and Porsche have announced their next-generation CarPlay efforts, and the recently released iOS 17.4 update for iPhone includes hidden code-level references to next-gen CarPlay apps and features.

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