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Apple CarPlay Will Now Support Third-Party Navigation and Mapping Apps (techcrunch.com) 44

Apple today announced that it will now let third-party navigation and mapping apps work with CarPlay starting with iOS 12. "Up to now, Apple only allowed its own mapping app, Maps, to work over CarPlay, but now you can use Waze, Google Maps, Here, or whatever other app you might want to use to get from A to B," reports TechCrunch. From the report: The change marks a big shift for Apple, which is well known for favoring its own native apps and generally a more tightly controlled ecosystem on iOS and across devices. But Maps hasn't been the most popular mapping app by some measure, even for users of iOS. This is in a sense is a tacit acknowledgement that iPhone owners are using a wide variety of other services, and so to get CarPlay used more, this needed to be enabled. It's not clear why Apple didn't extend third-party support for other mapping and navigation apps until now. Perhaps it was to sweeten the deal for more people to use its own Maps app.

Apple CarPlay Will Now Support Third-Party Navigation and Mapping Apps

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  • by Gravis Zero ( 934156 ) on Monday June 04, 2018 @07:06PM (#56727942)

    Do people not remember the joys that Apple Maps provides us with? [businessinsider.com] ;)

  • FINALLY!!!!

    Now CarPlay is finally worth getting!!! THANK YOU, Apple!!

    • Agreed, this is nice to see.
    • by BLKMGK ( 34057 )

      Agree so long as it doesn't require flashing the radios. No doubt OEMs will charge an assload for it :(

  • My hope is that Carplay, Android Auto and Mirrorlink merge into an interoperable standard. It would be awfully nice if my choice of car (or at least the head-end) did not force me into a particular phone model.

    • by swb ( 14022 )

      I doubt this will happen because these brands want to keep themselves unique, but mostly because the cost of separate protocols is about zero due to the power of head unit computing and how the difference is mostly in software.

      I also wouldn't be surprised if Apple & Android supplied most of the software that makes it work to standards set by automakers, further reducing the cost of supporting both platforms.

      In theory, the major automakers (US, Japanese, German) could have banded together under some engi

    • They couldn't even agree on a standard for headphones with built in microphones.

      You really think they will share a common standard for something as complex as device remote access?

      I certainly won't be holding my breath.

  • We all have smartphones already. Their maps are constantly up to date. Why would I want to use outdated maps in my vehicle? The importance of the vehicle's entertainment system is lessening (is that a word?). Phones and tablets have overtaken the pricey navigation and DVD systems.

    • We all have smartphones already. Their maps are constantly up to date. Why would I want to use outdated maps in my vehicle? The importance of the vehicle's entertainment system is lessening (is that a word?). Phones and tablets have overtaken the pricey navigation and DVD systems.

      Go through along tunnel, with exits, using your phone. Once it loses the sat connection it doesn't know where it is. Your car's nav system can use information from the car to keep track of it's location on the map, and tell you where to exit. I often chuckle at the stories of Uber riders going way out of their way because the driver's phone lost signal in the tunnel, and didn't know where to get off.

      • by tlhIngan ( 30335 )

        We all have smartphones already. Their maps are constantly up to date. Why would I want to use outdated maps in my vehicle? The importance of the vehicle's entertainment system is lessening (is that a word?). Phones and tablets have overtaken the pricey navigation and DVD systems.

        Go through along tunnel, with exits, using your phone. Once it loses the sat connection it doesn't know where it is. Your car's nav system can use information from the car to keep track of it's location on the map, and tell you whe

  • This is good news. Now, if I could get CarPlay to not crash every two minutes (seriously, every two minutes, almost like clockwork) I might be able to use this. It's a nice feature, and sounds better than Bluetooth (upgrade your codecs too, Apple) for audio. But it is useless if it crashes constantly.
    • CarPlay in my experience is way picky about the data link between the phone and the car.

      My Kenwood after-market unit had CarPlay crashes all the time until I:

      * Took the battery case off the phone
      * Connected with a decent quality Lightning cable

      Some battery cases don't switch cleanly between charging the case and charging the phone, and the momentary hiccup seems to break CarPlay. The cheap micro-USB connector in the case might also contribute to this.

      Agreed, CarPlay should not crash on transient data inter

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