Apple’s WWDC Event Unveils New CarPlay Features Coming to iOS 10

Published On June 14, 2016 | Feature, News


Apple’s WWDC (World Wide Developers Conference) unveiled a number of CarPlay features coming to its iOS platform in the form of the new iOS 10 update, which is coming this Fall. Let’s look at what was announced…

Apple Event June 2016 - Siri App Support

Developer Siri Support

Apple will now allow its iOS developers access to Siri. Which means you’ll be able to safely dictate to popular messaging apps, such as WhatsApp, WeChat and make VOIP calls via apps such as Skype.

Allowing developers access to Siri may also mean that we’ll see support for CarPlay music streaming apps, such as Spotify, which will allow you to ask Siri to ‘Play my songs in Spotify’ to launch the Spotify app and play your songs in Your Music, for example.

Apple Maps Updated

The biggest update in iOS 10 brings some much requested updates. Apple’s navigation app has had an all-new design, which also carries over to its CarPlay display.

Navigation will now include traffic whilst on route. Whilst driving the camera will zoom in at junctions, and zoom out when you’re on a straight or fast track of road. You can also pan and zoom to view upcoming traffic conditions. As seen in other apps such as Waze, Apple Maps in iOS 10 will also proactively scan the traffic ahead of you and suggest rerouting options and also display how much time the alternative route will save you.

The last feature mentioned on stage was that CarPlay navigation will support turn-by-turn information in the centre instrument cluster of your vehicle. Now, I am sure this will be only supported on newer CarPlay supported vehicles, and drivers like myself who have an OEM CarPlay system installed, should get their hopes up that their redundant centre display will suddenly come back to life with this iOS 10 update!

Apple Event June 2016 - Features

CarPlay App Reordering

This wasn’t mentioned on stage, but it is clearly listed as an iOS 10 feature coming to CarPlay. How this works I have yet to see until I get iOS 10 installed on a device – I don’t trust installing my everyday device with the first iOS 10 Beta!

I assume this maybe done via the iOS settings, or hopefully better still via CarPlay itself. There is also rumour that we will be able to remove certain stock Apple apps from our iOS devices in iOS 10, so removing apps such as Audiobooks, Podcasts and Music would also clear up much space for your more regular CarPlay apps.

CarPlay on Ultrawide Screens

This is another feature listed on their iOS 10 feature slide. Whether this means we will see more applications displayed on wider CarPlay screens, or icons will just occupy more space (made larger) on screen, we have yet to see. How wide is ‘ultrawide’ anyway?

No Mention of Wireless CarPlay!

I had high hopes that Apple would use this event to showcase wireless CarPlay, but sadly there were way more important things for Apple to walk us through during the two hour steamed event. Where that puts us next on the timeline of Apple-related things is a bit more tricky to predict. The next major event for them will now be around September time, which is where it will announce its iPhone 7 and possible iMac/Macbook refreshes. Will they announce more then? Who knows.

Hands on Coming Soon!

With the release of iOS 10 Beta 1 to developers, I hope to have iOS 10 on a device real soon, where I can then report on these new features, along with any new experiences that these updates bring, and anything we have yet to discover that wasn’t announced during Apple’s special event.

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8 Responses to Apple’s WWDC Event Unveils New CarPlay Features Coming to iOS 10

  1. abbottobba says:

    the biggest downside with CarPlay was again ignored! No support for real professional existing Navigation apps in Carplay e.g. Navigon. I have gone back to using my iPhone with just Navigon and ignoring my €1300 aftermarket investment.

  2. What I would like to see is greater reliability of 3rd party music apps such as Spotify, which is very bad as it stands. It’s well documented that 3rd party music apps are buggy as hell in Carplay, some to the point of being unusable and it feels like Apple are the at heart of the problem.

  3. Ikke niet says:

    I have carplay on my Mercedes and installed IOS10 on my iphone, navigation looks good, all options are the same I see no real different with IOS9 except from maps.
    In the center screen (between the clocks) is says apple careplay, no subdirections arrows..

  4. David Lovejoy says:

    If I bought a 3rd party carplay stereo, like the Kenwood DDX6702S, would the new IOS 10 carplay features be updated? I’m confused how carplay gets updated….. through the iphone to the car stereo? or it doesn’t get updated, and your stuck with the version it comes with. Anyone know how this works?

  5. David Lovejoy says:

    Does anyone have suggestion on buying a 3rd party stereo with carplay? I was looking at the Kenwood DDX670S, for it’s price. Are the features using carplay essentially the same on all of them? I don’t care to much for other features of the stereo besides carplay. Should I wait for a model that might access more carplay features? Sorry if these questions seem basic, I’m new to the carplay stereo realm.

  6. Jeff Bagley says:

    I thought they had announced wireless Carplay 1-2 years ago? Did they just decide to backtrack on that announcement?

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