iOS 16 CarPlay: New apps, Messages and Podcasts improved

Apple showcased the next-generation CarPlay at WWDC 2022, and Wow it looks gorgeous. The full CarPlay takeover of the infotainment display, dashboard controls and more is teasing us with Apple Car vibes.

While Project Titan remains an R&D project, Apple says the first cars that will work with next-generation CarPlay won’t be announced until late next year. Chances are, drivers will have to wait until 2024 or 2025 to get behind the wheel of next-generation CarPlay.

However, iOS 16 includes a few updates to CarPlay, which will be available to everyone this fall.

CarPlay Apps

Apple sometimes adds new app categories to CarPlay in major iOS updates. Previous categories have included food ordering, parking and electric car charging apps. iOS 16 extends app support to two new categories: fueling and driving task apps.

Here’s what Apple says about the new categories:

Fueling and driving apps are available in CarPlay. Your favorite apps that help you fill your tank and provide you with road information, toll assistance, tow assistance and more can find a home in CarPlay.

Expect apps in these categories to get CarPlay support starting this fall and over the next year.

Posts and podcasts

Two other changes coming to CarPlay in iOS 16 will not require future app updates. Apple speeds up messaging when using Siri, and the Podcasts app expands its library.

As of iOS 16, drivers have an option to automatically send a message after Siri reviews it to you. If the speech-to-text works as expected, it removes a step currently required when viewing messages in CarPlay. If you decide to edit the message, CarPlay provides the edit button to revise your message.

Apple is also revealing more features of the Podcasts app in CarPlay with iOS 16. The current Podcasts app on CarPlay focuses on the Listen Now feature, but other ways to find the right podcast episode require the iPhone app.

As of iOS 16, users can find episodes downloaded or saved. The app also now lets you watch the latest episodes of shows in your library. We’ll probably also get new background options, although the first developer beta won’t include them.

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