This is the biggest overhaul to Apple CarPlay since the groundbreaking smartphone integration debuted back in 2014. As part of the updates to iOS13, CarPlay will have a new "Dashboard" view that allows users to see multiple functions, aka apps, at the same time. For example, it will allow music, maps, and alerts all in a single organized screen. The music app has also been redesigned to emphasize the album art.
Further enhancing the viewing experience, Siri will now be overlaid on top of other apps rather than prompting a dedicated Siri screen. Apple also added a calendar to CarPlay and Siri integration for third-party navigation and audio apps. Apple says CarPlay is now in 90 percent of new cars sold in the U.S., though we have no official way to confirm that fact.
In a separate but related unveiling, Apple announced an upgraded Maps experience. Apple says it drove 4 million miles to completely reconstruct the "basemap," and it now has more expansive road coverage, better pedestrian data, more accurate addresses, and "more detailed landcover." Here's a brief look of the changes side-by-side with the old Maps:
CarPlay in 90% of cars sold in US.— Rene Ritchie (@reneritchie) June 3, 2019
New dashboard/UX. Non obtrusive Siri UI. Works with apps like Pandora and Waze. pic.twitter.com/9GCzO6x2gu
The new-and-improved Maps will begin to hit the U.S. near the end of 2019, and the new CarPlay will be available with the new iOS13 update this fall. We will do a more detailed post about the changes when we experience it first-hand. For more info on iOS13, visit Apple.com.