Here’s the best look yet at what iOS 13 brings for Apple CarPlay and the user

Apple’s big announcement at the beginning of June touched on the preview of a new iOS 13 interface which is due this fall. Through it, Apple will unlock a series of changes that will also heavily influence the way Apple CarPlay works as well as its design. Now, it didn’t take long for the first Apple CarPlay hands-on videos to pop up on YouTube, so here’s what’s different in terms of both design and usability.

Apple CarPlay - How Is It Different?

We’ve already discussed in detail what is Apple CarPlay and what will its first major redesign bring to the table, but now it’s time to actually have a look at CarPlay where it belongs. That is, on your car’s dashboard.

For starters, the calendar has been completely revamped and it’s now way more easy to scroll through your appointments and see the location you need to get to for a particular meeting. To get to that location, all you have to do is tap it and start driving, following the turn-by-turn instructions. Also new is the settings app - from here, you can turn on the Do Not Disturb While Driving mode, change the CarPlay appearance (including turning on/off the Dark Mode), and select whether you want (or not) to receive suggestions in Dashboard - we’ll get to Dashboard a bit later on.

As we already knew, the Music app has also underwent a major overhaul and it now supports album art over Bluetooth and generally sports a crisper graphics wrapped around big menus and fonts. Music has four tabs which serve various functions - Library, For You, Browse, and Radio - these are joined by the animated equalizer-like Now Playing icon in the right-hand corner.

Are Maps better?

Apple CarPlay iOS 13 Hands-On Videos Are Here
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As you know, the improved Apple CarPlay supports both regular and adjustable screen sizes as well as a split screen that shows the map on the left and other features on the right, so users can have access to more information at once. Speaking of maps and navigation, you can now share trip info like ETA with friends and colleagues. Oh, and some car manufacturers will allow you to summon Siri via voice, without having to press any buttons, and there’s also the option to switch between 2D and 3D map graphics.

Tell Me More About Siri

You can summon Siri by either saying "Hey Siri!" or by long-pressing the lower left corner. As you’ll see, the Siri graphic doesn’t take up the whole screen anymore and is positioned on the bottom of the screen. Moreover, Siri will review what you said whenever you want to send a text message via voice control, popping up three potential actions - Review, Change, and Send.

As always, we would really like to hear more from you on the topic. Do you think the iOS 13 Apple CarPlay will be a big hit? How do you like the new graphic interface? Let us know in the comments below.

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