CarPlay is Apple’s way of extending iOS to your car. It’s available in countless new models from a variety of car manufacturers as well as third-party head units. CarPlay is quite similar to iOS as far as the look and feel is concerned. For example, there’s a home button which takes you to the screen where all the apps are listed. However, there has been a pain point that has long irked a lot of users and Apple is finally taking care of that with iOS 10.3 beta.
The CarPlay interface was meant to be simple because drivers shouldn’t really be made to take their eyes off the road in order to figure out what they’re doing on the system.
The pain point that has existed for a long time requires users to tap twice, once for home and once for the other app, when they want to switch between the map and music controls. This isn’t something that can be considered a big problem but it can be a hassle and it also requires the driver to pay more attention to the system than the road.
Apple is finally fixing this with the latest beta version of iOS 10.3. There will now be three icons in the upper left-hand corner. The recent apps are listed in a much better way so switching between them is easier and faster.
Apple will release this software version in the next couple of weeks, hopefully.