CarPlay iOS 15 Features, Issues and everything revealed!

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CarPlay iOS 15 Features, Issues and everything revealed!

CarPlay iOS 15

CarPlay iOS 15 was released to the public with Apple's WWDC 2021. The iOS 15  update has come with a set of distinguishing features and functionalities.

Let's reveal all of them.

CarPlay iOS 15 features

When we talk about the CarPlay features we can see that  iOS 15 CarPlay update brings some interesting features as follows:

  1. Driving Focus Customization
  2. Announcing Messages with Siri
  3. CarPlay iOS 15 Wallpapers for both light mode and dark mode
  4. Enhanced Maps with 3D City Driving Option
  5. Apple CarKey with more security

Let’s discuss further on each to see what are the special functionalities. You can watch the video to get a brief on iOS 15 CarPlay features.

1.“Driving Focus” Customization option for handling notifications

Apple always pays concern to the safety and convenience of their users. That is why they have restricted some apps on Apple CarPlay . When It comes to the iOS 15 update they have given extensive care with the “Driving Focus” option.

driving focus on apple carplay ios 15

What is Driving Focus?

Driving Focus is an option introduced in iOS 15 to detect whether an iPhone user is driving in a certain moment. It is switched 'ON' if the phone is connected to car's Bluetooth or CarPlay is invoked. Furthermore, iPhone users can switch on this option manually.

However, by enabling driving focus, you can let others know that you are focusing on driving at the moment. So that, they can decide whether to disturb you or not. Also, you can allow permission only for the selected contacts to reach you even when you are driving.

how to setup driving focus on carplay ios 15

On your settings, there is an option called “While driving” and you can customize the settings and contacts from there.

2. Announcing Messages option with Siri

Last year, in iOS 14 update Apple introduced the Message reading option after tapping on the notification. Apple has made it more intense in their iOS 15 update with the “Message announcement with Siri” option. Now you do not have to pay glances to the CarPlay Screen, and Siri just announces the message just after receiving one. This option proves Apple’s care on driver safety as they do not have to take their eyes off the roads for notifications.

Announcing messages on carplay ios 15

Sometimes you may feel that this option leads to privacy issues when you drive with passengers. Well, Apple has thought about that too. And they have introduced granular controls for the CarPlay Messages and you can set it up by muting announcements etc.

Also perhaps you may think some log messages you get from service providers, advertisements and similar content will distract you while driving. In these cases, now you can mute announcements from the selected recipients or conversations. What you have to do is, take some time and customize your contacts and specific settings before getting into the car.

3. CarPlay iOS 15 Wallpapers

carplay ios 15 wallpapers

CarPlay Wallpapers are also introduced along with the iOS 14 update. And in the CarPlay iOS 15 update, they have introduced another set of 4 beautiful wallpaper themes. Also, each of them comes with a dark mode and a light mode version so that you can select one according to your preference.

4. Three Dimensional 3D city driving experience with Maps

When navigating with CarPlay iOS 15  Maps, it features a 3D city-driving experience for drivers. Furthermore, it shows comprehensive road details that help drivers to grab details easily. Also, the map presentation is enhanced with more readability in the dark mode.

5. CarKey for unlocking your Car

Last year Apple introduced digital Car Key as a feature of iOS 14 update. And BMW users were lucky enough to experience it: just unlocking the car by tapping on the phone.

And in the iOS 15 update, this virtual Car Key has amplified its functionality with the support of Ultra Wideband Technology. Ultra Wideband U1 chip is found in the latest Apple devices. Now the Car Key users (still only the BMW uses) can securely unlock and start the supported vehicle. The interesting fact is the user does not have to remove the iPhone from the pocket/bag. Also, the exact spatial awareness ensures that the phone is with you when you start the car and same way you will not lock the car leaving your phone inside it.

CarPlay iOS 15 Apps

In the iOS 15 update, Apple has not introduced any new CarPlay Apps. As the best CarPlay apps cover most of the essential functionalities like communication, entertainment and navigation; Apple has focused on enhancing the features of the current apps instead of introducing new apps.
As you can use WheelPal to install any desired app for Apple CarPlay including YouTube, Netflix etc, you do not have to worry about not having new apps.

Step guide for WheelPal App installation.

Now you can try many solutions like WheelPal. If your phone jailbreak or not Hacks Finder listed all the software and hardware upgrades.

CarPlay iOS 15 compatibility

When talking about the device compatibility of Apple CarPlay, it is compatible only with iPhones above iPhone 5 as follows:

iPhone 15, iPhone 15 Plus, iPhone 15 Pro, iPhone 15 Pro Max, iPhone 14, iPhone 14 Plus, iPhone 14 Pro and iPhone 14 Pro Max, iPhone 13 Pro Max, iPhone 13 Pro, iPhone 13, iPhone 13 mini, iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, iPhone 6s, iPhone 6s Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone SE, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11, iPhone XS Max, iPhone XS, iPhone XR, iPhone X, iPhone 12 Pro Max, iPhone 12 Pro, iPhone 12 mini, iPhone 12

Yet, we : have given 100% working hacks for installing CarPlay on iPad addressing one of the key issues in CarPlay.

When it comes to vehicle compatibility, you can enjoy iOS 15 CarPlay updated feature on any of the Apple CarPlay Compatible Cars.

What is really new in the CarPlay iOS 15 compared to CarPlay iOS 14?

carplay ios 15 vs carplay ios 14

In the key features of CarPlay iOS 14 , there were new app categories focusing on parking, Charging and ordering food. Also, Apple introduced CarPlay wallpapers, the horizontal status bar and Chinese-Japanese keyboard support. Moreover, Apple introduced the super interesting functionality of unlocking the car by phone: CarKey. There were improvements in Messages and Maps too.

When it comes to iOS 15 CarPlay, we can not see new apps and dashboard customizations. But we can see the enhancements in wallpapers, CarKey, Messages and Maps apps. This means that Apple has focused on functionality enhancements in the current features rather than introducing new features.

Jailbreak CarPlay iOS 15 / Hack CarPlay iOS 15

With the extreme love for CarPlay, some users try to get enhanced features of it. Like having CarPlay on iPad, installing favorite apps for CarPlay like YouTube, Netflix are some of them. To jailbreak iOS 15 CarPlay, you need to have a compatible jailbreak tool. Also you need tweaks like NGXPlay, CarBridge for expanding the default CarPlay features.

Currently there are no jailbreak tools compatible with iOS 15, but we will update the site as soon as a tool is available. So please stay tuned with us.

iOS 15 CarPlay Issues

CarPlay users with iOS 15 have identified some issues while using CarPlay as follows.

carplay ios 15 issues

When it come to the CarPlay iOS 15  issues, Some says "CarPlay iOS 15 not working" and some others says they experience a black screen in CarPlay. Also I met some tweets of some users, saying that they experienced some insane heating while using texting apps. Other than that, some has experienced some app crashes and connection drop issues as many users experienced in previous updates too.

Screen sharing and share play  sessions are still not aloud with Apple CarPlay iOS 15. So remember to switch off screen sharing before you connect your iPhone with CarPlay as Apple advises.

With the experience, the common advise we can give you as a solution for common CarPlay iOS 15 issues is, just disconnect the iPhone from the car and reconnect it with CarPlay. Most of the practical issues could be solved out with this.

Other than these issues, CarPlay iOS 15 update too has the device limitation and app limitation issues. CarPlay iOS 15 is not available on iPads and you need to go for hacks like CarPlay iPad hack to get this solved. On the other hand, most of the visual based apps are still not available on CarPlay iOS 15. So you have to go use an app like WheelPal to use any app on CarPlay.

As the public release of iOS 15 is released, the car loves has several questions regarding the new update. And I thought of providing some answers for the common questions.

How to update CarPlay for iOS 15?

iOS 15 CarPlay was released to public in September 2021.You can install iOS 15 on your iPhone then, and when you connect your iPhone with Car, it will automatically run iOS 15 CarPlay.

What are the top five features in iOS 15 CarPlay?

  1. Driving Focus Customization
  2. Announcing Messages with Siri
  3. New wallpapers
  4. Apple Maps with 3D city model
  5. Enhanced CarKey feature

you can find more on these features in the top of this article.

What are the new CarPlay apps introduced in iOS 15 ?

Apple has introduced new apps in their iOS 13 and iOS 14 releases. But this time they have not released any new apps with iOS 15 update.

Yet they have introduced enhanced features for the current apps. However as a fan of, you do not have to worry with that as you can add any app on CarPlay with WheelPal App.

Can I add my own CarPlay wallpapers in iOS 15 ?

Still you won't be able to add your own wallpapers, but they have introduced 4 wallpapers this time and each have two variants for light mode and dark mode.


As a summary, the iOS 15 CarPlay update has not brought any new CarPlay apps, and has not introduced any main features. But proving again and again that Apple is really concerned about the safety of the drivers, ‘driving focus’ functionality has been introduced. Other than that, they have updated the Messages app with the new feature of message announcement with Siri. New wallpapers and CarKey also have come with the iOS 15 update.

So we can conclude that this time Apple has focused on enhancing the functionality of current features without moving to introducing new features.

Also, many users says they are experiencing connectivity issues and black screen issues, heat issues in general. And most probably Apple will pay their attention on these and will fix them with the public release.

Bear with for more news, updates and super hacks for iOS 15 CarPlay. And find all the latest features of iOS 16 CarPlay along with the Next Generation CarPlay.