Review: What’s New in Apple CarPlay in iOS 13

By Paul Riegler on 9 September 2019
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Apple CarPlay, first introduced five years ago at the 2014 Geneva Auto Show, is turning five and Apple has some major changes in store for it with the launch of iOS 13.

If you’re not familiar with Apple CarPlay, it is an in-vehicle touch-based display interface that functions as an extension of a driver’s iPhone.

While CarPlay has evolved considerably with the addition of new features and system improvements, the launch of iOS 13 will bring the first major changes to CarPlay’s user interface and the addition of some helpful features and new Siri capabilities.


Today, virtually every car manufacturer offers multiple models that support CarPlay. The list includes Acura, Aston Martin, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Citroën, Fiat, Ford, Honda, Jeep, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Opel, Peugeot, Porsche, Renault, Skoda, Toyota, VW, and Volvo.

Here’s a look at what will arrive when iOS 13 launches next week.


The biggest change is the introduction of a dual-pane dashboard view. While the Task Switcher, introduced with iOS 10.3, remains on the far left, the new view places Apple Maps on the left half of the screen while the right-hand side is divided between upcoming turns, Siri suggestions, audio controls, and calendar info.

We found that the new dashboard view results in a better and more useable Apple CarPlay as everything relevant to a trip is displayed on the same screen.

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