CarPlay iOS 13 – All new Features and issues discussed

CarPlay and iOS13

CarPlay iOS13 has become a controversial topic since CarPaly has received more weightage in iOS13. By the time I write this article,only iOS13 Beta 7 has been released and iOS13 is scheduled to be released in September 2019. When examining the released beta versions, we can confidently predict that CarPlay iOS13 is going to come up with a range of exciting changes with a new look and feel, redesigned apps,  enhanced features and functionality.

What is new in CarPlay iOS13 – iOS 13 CarPlay News

CarPlay iOS13 update will be affected on dashboard, apps , settings, flexibility and almost everything in CarPaly. So it seems to be the biggest leap in CarPlay history. Will have a comprehensive look at them.

Well Organized Dashboard

The very first interface when the carplay is launched and in iOS13 and it has  been redesigned for a brand new appearance with an uneven grid template which all the current apps including maps, shortcuts, Siri and Siri-suggested apps get a space directly from the dashboard, so that all the apps are accessible with a single click. It prevents you from jumping among app screens as you did previously.The status bar gathers the most recent apps and it is refreshed automatically. 

Also, a launcher icon has been hired for the status bar replacing the typical home button.

Also the typical CarPlay home screen or the  former grid view of apps can be accessed from the dashboard.

In redesign they have paid attention to provide rounded corners as much as possible to enhance the modern look.

Also, for the first time, ‘Album Art’ has been introduced for the now playing items, so that you can easily change it. 

Updated app cluster with new and revamped apps

When considering CarPlay apps, they have added new apps and have revamped some apps with enhanced features.

Dedicated calendar app 

A dedicated calendar app has been added to the app cluster, so that you can add all your appointments details. The app allows you to set the map location, relevant contacts, related to each appointment  and once you are driving , you can get the directions for the event location through Apple Maps with a single tap, and the same way you can call the contacts directly through CarPlay.

Apple Music Redesigned

The Apple Music app has been redesigned, so it’s easier to reach all the playlists and albums favourites and radio stations. Also they have introduced ‘Album Art’ on ‘Now Playing’ items for easy navigation among files.

Apple Maps

In iOS13 Apple Maps look and feel is updated in user friendly manner. It  always takes some space from the dashboard appearing all the time showing the route you pass. Moreover it provides Pop ups when you’re near your points of interest , so that you can visit those places easily. Also in specific areas , Maps give more details on public places, buildings, shopping complexes, parks etc. Also they have provided the “share trip” function.

Also there is a fantastic update related to maps, with Siri. Siri’s language has become more natural and smooth.

Eg: “ Turn left in 500 ft” is replaced by Siri for a phrase like “Turn right at the next traffic light” .

Same way Siri’s directions have become smooth on junctions and intersections of the road. 

Messenger App

Appearance of the Messages App too has been updated. So that it is easy to go through the messages.

Updated settings 

In iOS13 some functionality and appearance setting updates have introduced in order to give you an optimum experience. 

Light Theme

The default dark mode is updated to be  automatically changed to the light theme when necessary and you also can change the theme by simply clicking on the switch in settings section. That makes you comfortable in day driving as well as night driving. You can try both and find what mode suits you the best.

Do Not Disturb Mode

Also, Once the traffic is high or  when you need to focus on maps, or if the roads are slippery due to weather conditions or else if you need to pay your fullest attention on the road (actually this is the most recommended way) , you are now able to set the “Do Not Disturb” mode. So your driving focus is not interrupted by notifications.

Improved Siri 

In the new update, Siri ‘s screen has been reduced and has embedded  to the main screen. It allows you to get assistance from Siri while putting your eye on maps or using another app.

Still Siri opens when the “Hey Siri” request is invoked. 

In iOS13 Siri suggests some apps to be in the very first dashboard view. 

Screen Independence

With iOS13 you can use the CarPlay display and your iPhone display as two separate entities. So that you can run two different apps on two devices, same time. It enhances user experience as the passengers can handle CarPlay without getting the drivers phone involved.

Enhanced Flexibility

Another killer feature added to iOS13 CarPlay is the screen flexibility. Now the CarPlay is automatically adjusted to the screen size. Different shaped (non- rectangular) screens too can be served with iOS13 CarPlay.

Also Now the CarPlay can be displayed somewhere else in the car, may be on a second screen , HUD or a dashboard cluster.

Issues in iOS 13 CarPlay

Even though the array of Beta versions of iOS13 CarPaly has come up with a list of new enhancements, on the other hand it has carried some issues with them. Will discuss the issues and solutions comprehensively in a future article after iOS13 officially released,   and for now will list out the issues with simple tricks for solving them, for the already released iOS13 beta versions. 

Installation Issues 

If it gets stuck once you are installing the beta you can try the following tips

-Try hard resetting the device and install it again

-Revert your device for an old version like iOS12 and retry installing the Beta again. 

Wifi Issues

You may also face connection issues like slow connection, dropped connection etc. For that you can follow some simple steps.

-Restart your Router

-Forget your connection and Reconnect it

 Settings→ WiFi → your connection → Forget this Network→ Type Password → Reconnect

-Reset your Network Settings

Settings → General → Reset → Reset Network Settings → Type Password and Reconnect

Data Issues

-Restart the device and reconnect

-Reset Network settings of your phone

Settings → General → Reset → Reset Network Settings → Type Password and Reconnect

Bluetooth Issues

If you face bluetooth issues, try following.

-Forget and reconnect the device

-Reset your Network settings.

Settings → General → Reset → Reset Network Settings → Type Password and Reconnect

Battery-life Issues

Sometimes you may experience a fast battery drain with iOS13 beta versions. You can try the following tips for that.

  -You can reduce the brightness with settings→ General→ Accessibility → Display Accommodations→ Auto-Brightness→ off

-Remove unwanted widgets

Phones compatible with iOS13 CarPlay

iOS 13 is compatible with the following Apple smartphone models:

  • iPod touch (7th generation)
  • iPhone SE
  • iPhone 6s, 6sPlus
  • iPhone 7 , 7 Plus
  • iPhone 8, 8 Plus
  • iPhone X , XR, XS,  XS Max

Considering all the facts, we can recommend you that iOS13 is going to be the best update ever for your CarPlay.