Apple announced at the Worldwide Developers’ Conference (WWDC) that CarPlay will soon work with Waze and Google Maps, so users are no longer restricted to Apple Maps. Third-party navigation apps will be supported as part of iOS 12, which should be available in a couple of months. That places CarPlay over a year behind Android Auto, which launched Waze ability last July. iOS 12 also brings a number of updates to Apple devices including a general performance improvement. Apps will launch 40 per cent faster and the keyboard will pop up 50 per cent faster plus the camera will open 70 per cent faster. This is true of older phones running iOS 12, all the way back to the iPhone 6 Plus.
Although not directly related to in-car experiences, users also get phone limiting features, given that many of us are glued to our phones and tablets more than we may like. It might keep you safe on the roads, too. There’s a Screen Time app that shows how much time you’re spending on your device and individual apps. You can set time limits for each app. And parents can set limits for their kids’ app usage. Augmented Reality is getting a boost with the ability to digitally measure items through your camera’s phone. A cool feature for the Apple Watch is “Walkie-Talkie,” which literally turns the phone into a walkie-talkie for true Dick Tracy-like use. Plus you no longer need to say “Hey Siri,” but just bring the watch up to your face. Also now with Facetime, you can connect to as many as 32 people! And for iPhone X users, you can create avatars that bear your own appearance.