iOS 13.4 introduces CarPlay Dashboard support for third-party map apps

in General Discussion edited March 2020
Apple with the release of iOS 13.4 on Tuesday added the ability to use third-party navigation apps directly on the CarPlay Dashboard.

Third-party navigation apps will now be able to add "splitscreen" support in the Dashboard.

CarPlay support for third-party mapping apps was first introduced back in iOS 12, but users were restricted to opening those apps in full-screen view.

Now, with the iOS 13.4 update released earlier this week, CarPlay users will be able to select and view third-party navigation platforms in a split screen-like view on the Dashboard interface.

It's worth noting that Apple has only added the ability for apps to use Dashboard, and developers will still need to implement that support on their end. Two popular services, Google Maps and Waze, don't support the feature, for example. Interestingly, Apple lists both as compatible with the new Dashboard integration on its CarPlay webpage.

Apple's iOS 13.4 also introduces in-call information from third-party apps to the Dashboard, along with other new features like iCloud Folder Sharing, universal purchases for Mac and iOS apps, and support for trackpads and mice on iPad.

Looking ahead, a leaked internal version of iOS 14 hints that the ability to set custom wallpapers for CarPlay units could arrive in that software update.


  • Reply 1 of 2
    This is all well and good but Apple still chooses which Navigation Apps get to use CarPlay.  Apparently, if Apple doesn't think there is a sufficient user-base, they ignore the developers request.

    As a user, I've sent over a dozen feature requests over the past year to have my favorite Nav App added to CarPlay with absolutely no response.  Not happy about that process.
  • Reply 2 of 2
    tommikeletommikele Posts: 599member
    It’s a business or did you not notice that? Why would a business devote resources to a small, unprofitable market segment? Try again. MayBe 13 is your magic number.
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