CarPlay iOS 14 – All New Features, Issues and Everything [Revealed]

No one can deny that Apple emerges with so novel features each year with their newest arrival of iDevices. This time, it seems that one feature is going to get extra attention from Apple’s;CarPlay iOS14. 

iOS 14 developer beta1 was released last week and it is reported that iOS 14 will be released in September 2020. As we heard it, Apple is to carry an array of new features for Apple CarPlay as they did with iOS 13 last year. 

We understand your euphoria. So why wait, let’s hop into the features. Below are the 8 best CarPlay features that come with iOS14.

List of CarPlay iOS14 new features

  1. New App Categories focusing on Parking, Charging and Ordering food. 
  2. CarPlay Wallpaper can be customized
  3. Enhanced audio messaging and voip apps
  4. Horizontal status bar
  5. Improvements to Siri
  6. Chinese and Japanese keyboard support
  7. Car Key is coming
  8. Improvements in Maps

Let’s have a comprehensive look at the above features. 

  1. New App Categories focusing on Parking, Charging and Ordering food. 

In iOS14, Apple will be allowing third party parking, EV charging stations, and food ordering apps. As a result of some experiments, a variety of tools will be introduced in order to use the iPhone in a smarter way in a car. 

  1. CarPlay Wallpapers

With this feature you can change the wallpaper of the dashboard home screen into colorful themes instead of the static black one we all have experienced. That means you can customize carplay with your favourite colors and themes which will always give you a fresh feeling in your CarPlay experience. Simply, you can set your mood on your car screen or set your car screen to make you feel what you want to feel.

Further digging in this feature reveals that Apple has given a predefined set of wallpapers for iOS14 Beta which can be changed with the dark/light modes. The most interesting thing is you can use two different wallpapers for your phone and CarPlay. 

For now, users are not allowed to set a preferred wallpaper on their own, but hopefully this feature will be available in the near future. 

  1. Enhanced audio messaging and VoIP apps

In iOS14, the audio messaging feature has been enhanced. So now, you can easily create and reply to audio messages with CarPlay.This will definitely be useful to be more expressive when you are sending messages while you are driving. 

Also in the VoIP apps, the previous message threads will be displayed for later reference. 

  1. Horizontal status bar

Normally the status bar of CarPlay is located on the left side of the CarPlay screen and that is suitable very much for the landscape screens. But when it comes to the portrait screens, this status bar takes more room and the space for app view becomes narrower. 

Addressing this problem in iOS 14 update, the status bar has moved to the bottom of the screen with a horizontal view. This creates a better layout allowing more space for the CarPlay app menu in portrait screens. 

  1. Improvements to Siri

Siri was updated continuously in the context of CarPlay and iOS 14 too brings some new enhancements with it. 

Not only the ability of sending audio messages for anyone with the aid of Siri, but also you can share ETA s (Estimated Time of Arrival) with others. The super interesting thing is ETA s are kept up to date with your status and this will definitely reduce waste of time. 

  1. Chinese and Japanese keyboard support

Technically advanced countries whose native language is not English, may find difficulties in obtaining the maximum  out of CarPlay and this is also kindly addressed by iOS14 CarPlay update. 

Chinese and japanese keyboard support is now allowed for searching in navigation apps. 

  1. Improvements in Maps

There are many advanced improvements in maps, especially the guides for eating, shopping, charging spots and parking. 

Also congestion zones in major cities like London, will be displayed in order to reduce traffic. 

Also it allows sharing ETA and considers every single thing that matters like charging, when calculation ETA. 

  1. Car Key is coming

Even though CarKey is not directly a feature of CarPlay, we can still talk about that  here as it has a relationship with CarPlay. To put it simple, it is the technique that you will

allow you to unlock your car using your iPhone. This feature will be available for you with iOS 14. 

This works with NFC. All you need to do is to tap your door handle. Read more in Car Key. 

Issues Identified in iOS14 CarPlay 

It is obvious that a beta version can contain some issues. So we noticed some common complaints regarding iOS14 beta1 as well. 

Some have experienced the issue that only one app is displayed on one screen. So that they have to swipe a lot to open apps which they are looking for. 

That was not the end, we also identified that CarPlay fails to launch with iOS14 Beta1 phones sometimes. 

However, these issues will be definitely addressed once they release iOS 14 for the community. 

CarPlay iOS 13 and CarPlay iOS 14

When comparing iOS 13 and 14 in the context of carplay, we can find some major features came on both the updates. 

Will brief them for your ease .

iOS 13 CarPlay featuresiOS 14 CarPlay features
Well organized dashboardUpdated app cluster with calendar, music, maps and messaging appsAlbum artSiri Improvements Screen Independence Enhanced flexibilityCustomizable wallpaperUpdated app cluster with parking , eating and charging appsEnhanced voice messaging featureHorizontal status barDifferent language supportSiri ImprovementsMaps improvements

This shows that Apple developers are concerned about providing a super advanced experience for CarPlay users. They have paid attention in both appearance and functionality. 

Also we can notice that they have worked a lot on enhancing the overall CarPlay experience addressing all the practical issues we face while driving. 

All in all, we have to keep waiting for the iOS 14 grand release to talk more. As CarPlay Hacks, your trustworthy assistant for a better CarPlay experience, we assure that we give continuous updates and hacks for you.