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Apple has just updated its Maps and CarPlay with iOS 16

The tech company’s new OS has some goodies that will benefit both cars and commuters

Apple's iOS 16 update will be more beneficial to your daily commute than you think it is. PHOTO FROM APPLE

During the 2022 WWDC, Apple announced iOS 16, which is the latest software to run on iPhones. And in the keynote, Apple unveiled upcoming features that improve various functionalities of its phones.

What’s more, there are upgrades to two important apps that are set to benefit motorists and commuters alike.

Maps has new functionalities that can help you, whether you commute or drive your own vehicle. PHOTO FROM APPLE

A new and improved Maps app

Visual improvements were made to the app (although some are not applicable to us here in the Philippines). It now has detailed three-dimensional models of some areas like Las Vegas and 16 other major states and cities.

Now, Maps is finally accepting multiple stops during a trip. Although the feature is already available on other navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze, this makes navigation using Maps so much easier.

Plan and plot destinations on your Mac or iPad, and your iPhone will pick those up when you’re out and ready to leave. It even allows you to check fares for your commute, and the Wallet app can keep and reload transit cards for commuting.

Developers can now use the app’s API, so they can add more functionalities to their respective applications.

If Apple is this good at designing UI, why doesn't it make an operating system for cars? PHOTO FROM APPLE

New-generation CarPlay

In the next iteration of CarPlay, Apple takes advantage of big and multiple screens that automakers are using for their vehicles.

From the usual music, navigation, calling and other functionalities, CarPlay now connects with your vehicle with deeper integration to its hardware and software. CarPlay customizes the way your driver screens look, no matter how big or small, or how many passengers are in the car.

From the usual features, CarPlay now allows you to utilize modern vehicles’ multiple and bigger screens. PHOTO FROM APPLE

Use widgets on secondary displays, or even change the way your instrument cluster looks. It’s fully customizable, so you can show various vehicle information like speed, engine rpm, temperature, water and oil pressures, gear position, and more.

You can even integrate a map view on it, and changing climate settings can now be done without leaving CarPlay.

With automakers showing interest in the latest CarPlay version, the possibilities could be endless. PHOTO FROM APPLE

Automakers have been coming up with new, bigger and more screens in vehicles. With these new improvements for CarPlay, expect our trips to be safer and smarter. And Apple, why don’t you just build that freaking car yourself?

Red Santiago

A jack of all trades, Red is passionate about cars, motorcycles and audio. He sometimes drives for a ride-hailing app company—just because he really loves driving.