The news today is that Apple has finally stopped trying to make Apple Maps happen, and will make Apple CarPlay function with third-party navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze with the latest iOS 12 update.
In iOS 11 and previous versions, CarPlay users are restricted to using Apple's own Maps app when traversing the roadways, but with iOS 12 in tow, they will instead be able to use competing apps such as Google Maps or the hugely popular Waze. While Google's Android Auto has managed to provide a larger universe of apps via Android Auto, Apple has been largely hesitant in offering third party content on its service. The company has come a long way since Apple Maps debuted in 2012, but the app is only available on iOS and MacOS.
The CarPlay system mirrors some elements of compatible smartphones on a car's infotainment system screen.
Other third-party apps will also work with CarPlay when iOS 12 comes along.
The change marks a big shift for Apple, which is well known for favoring its own native apps and generally a more tightly controlled ecosystem on iOS and across devices. Aftermarket audio brands like Pioneer and Alpine already have CarPlay-ready head units in their lineups.
CarPlay does a lot to simplify your iOS experience when you're behind the wheel.
We all know September as the month when Apple releases its new iPhone models, triggering a cycle of desire, frantic reservations to telcos, and holiday purchases.