General Motors brands like Chevrolet were early adopters of Apple CarPlay, but Apple has never played well with third-party applications. Thus, navigation has been left to the rather ho-hum Apple Maps application.
Not for long, though.
On Monday, Apple announced CarPlay will support third-party applications, including Google Maps and Waze—two well-loved navigation applications. The support will come with the iOS 12 update this fall. The company did not provide specific details, but a screenshot from the Apple conference clearly shows Google Maps, Waze and a Chinese navigation app as part of the system’s future functions.
While it’s excellent news for CarPlay users, we also don’t know if vehicles themselves will need software updates to work with iOS 12. It could mean thousands of GM-vehicle owners piling into dealerships to take advantage of the new features. Hopefully, that won’t be the case. Regardless, we’re excited to ditch Apple Maps sooner rather than later.