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Part 2: What’s New With the iOS 13 Apple CarPlay Update

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iOS 13 offers some nice updates for your iPhone, but it’s also making Apple CarPlay better, too. After you get your iOS 13 update, you’ll notice some great extra features, like a brand-new dashboard and several new and improved apps.

CarPlay Dash

With the new CarPlay dashboard, you’ll notice the most useful information available to you right away. Now, you can see your map, navigation, and music availability all in one screen, making things easy to use. You can now change the song you’re listening to while viewing your next turn on one screen, meaning you’ll be able to keep your eyes on the road longer.

Apple Music

Apple Music just got a bit cooler with the new CarPlay update. You’ll notice that it has an all-new look and several familiar library tabs ready for your favorite tunes. You’ll be able to access the browse feature more easily, making it simple to hear your favorite tunes. You’ll be able to see things like recently added tracks and personalized mixes easily. Also, the “Now Playing” screen is just a tap away.

Navigation

Apple Maps also comes with a new look, and it’s quite an improvement. Apple Maps was basically rebuilt from the ground up so that the road details on the app were better. You’ll love the increase in detail you’ll see with Apple Maps. While the new version of Apple Maps is exclusive to users in the United States right now, once the update goes through a trial one, it will be made more widely available.

The improvements made to turn-by-turn directions will become obvious after you use the navigation a bit more. You’ll hear more natural Siri language, like “Turn right at the next light,” instead of “In 500 feet, turn left.” You’ll also be able to find things like food and gas stations more easily as you travel. Plus, you’ll be able to let your contacts know what your ETA is now when you travel.

Better Siri

Using Siri just got a little easier, too. We already mentioned that Siri’s turn-by-turn directions are better, but “Hey Siri” is now supported fully in CarPlay. So, Siri will work now with car manufacturer’s microphones without issue. So you won’t have to press a button before you talk to Siri.

One thing we did noticed is that Siri doesn’t always hear the driver right away if there is other background noise. However, if this becomes a real problem, you may just need to get a better microphone to cut back on the problem.

Your mileage may vary when it comes to using “Hey Siri,” however. I’ve found that Siri doesn’t always hear me over music and other background noise — but that could be down to the microphones in my car, rather than CarPlay.

The New Calendar App

Now you won’t need Siri to get to your calendar. CarPlay now has its own Calendar app, and it lets you see the day you have planned with one simple glance. The new Calendar app also makes it simple to get directions to your next destination. You can select the event you’re going to, and you’ll see an option to get navigation help to arrive safely.

Light Mode

The new light mode in CarPlay is also worth mentioning. While dark mode is the default, you can switch color schemes if you go into Settings.

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How to Play Music with CarPlay

Music for Newbies: Let’s Stream Some Music!

If you’re dying to learn how to listen to music on Apple CarPlay, then you’ll be excited to know that you can use many of the most well-known music service apps for your tunes. That means you’ll be able to access your music through your favorite music service, whether you prefer Apple Music, Tidal, Google Play Music, Spotify, or Amazon Music.

In fact, if you have any or all of those apps on your iPhone, they’ll show up on your CarPlay dash as soon as you connect your phone.

So, as a newbie, how can you use your preferred music app on CarPlay so that you can start enjoying your favorite tunes? We’ll cover everything you need to know as a newbie to enjoy CarPlay’s music options below by reviewing two of the most popular music apps on the market today for CarPlay, Apple Music and Spotify.

Make sure you have your favorite music apps on your iPhone. If you do, you’ll find services that aren’t Apple Music on the second page of CarPlay, where they appear by default. Apple Music, however, always appears on the first page.

Using Apple Music

If you decide to use Apple Music, then tap on the app, which will be found on the first screen of CarPlay. After you select the Music icon, you’ll see a choice of three options: Library, Playlists and Radio. So, how do each of these options work in CarPlay if you’re a newbie?

  • The Library area of Apple Music lists your most recent songs as well as several other items including artist menus, albums, songs, genres, and music that you’ve downloaded.
  • The Playlist choice in Apple Music shows you all of your saved playlists.
  • The Radio area of Apple Music will allow you to pick a radio station if you have the mobile data necessary to utilize Apple’s Radio option.

Using Spotify

If Spotify is your preferred music app, then you’ll be happy to know that Spotify works much like Apple Music.

Spotify icon you’ll find on your CarPlay home screen. If you have Spotify. If not, just download it from the App Store like any app.

When you select Spotify, which you’ll find on the second page of CarPlay, you’ll notice three choices on the top of your screen: Your Library, Browse, and Radio.

  • If you select the Your Library tab, you’ll see four more options, Playlists, Songs, Albums, and Artists. All four of these options allow you to browse your song choices just like you would if you were using the Spotify app on your iPhone.
  • If you tap on the Browse tab in Spotify, you’ll be able to see new releases and recommendations.
  • Using the Radio tab allows you to view the stations you’ve played recently, as well as giving you the choice to select a Radio choice to hear your preferred type of music.

Happy Motoring, Happy Driver!

If the music app you decide to use with CarPlay is compatible, you’ll be able to find your music selections by searching for your favorite albums, artists, songs, or playlists. Once you find what you want to hear, you’ll be able to enjoy your favorite songs while driving in your car.