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Next-Gen Apple CarPlay Previewed at WWDC 2022

CarPlay will soon expand beyond the central display to take over what looks like the all of a car's cabin tech.

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Apple gave developers a sneak peek at the next generation of its Apple CarPlay iPhone-powered in-car software at WWDC 2022.

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The app-mirroring tech expands beyond the central infotainment display, occupying nearly every screen in the host vehicle.

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CarPlay can power a digital instrument cluster, giving drivers unprecedented control over the look and feel of their vehicles' gauges.

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Customizable widgets on the main display can display smart home information, trip data and more. 

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In addition to the current media consumption and navigation apps, more functionality is coming to the CarPlay interface.

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For example, CarPlay users will be able to adjust their climate controls or toggle seat heaters without leaving Apple's ecosystem.

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CarPlay will be able to conform to a wide range of display type from portrait to landscape to ultrawide multiscreen configurations.

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There are 14 automaker partners listed as being "excited" about the next evolution of CarPlay. Expect the first compatible vehicles to be announced in late 2023.

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