Apple opens up CarPlay to third-party mapping apps like Waze, Google Maps

“Since Apple CarPlay launched in 2014, Apple iOS users have been forced to use Apple Maps for navigation,” Liam Tung reports for ZDNet. “That will finally change with iOS 12, which allows users to pick whatever third-party mapping apps they wish to use for navigation.”

“Announcing third-party navigation support at WWDC on Monday, Apple showed an image of the CarPlay interface with Google Maps, Google-owned Waze, and Autonavi Navigation, a Chinese app,” Tung reports. “Apple Maps has improved since its launch on iOS in 2012 but still arguably isn’t as advanced as Google Maps for iOS and Android.”

“CarPlay does currently support a range of third-party apps mostly in audio but also messaging apps like WhatsApp,” Tung reports. “However, given the importance of directions when driving the choice of using a preferred and familiar navigation app should be good for iPhone owners.”

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MacDailyNews Take: Good news for those for whom Apple Maps isn’t cutting it.


  1. I wanted Waze and Google Maps to come to CarPlay, not because I’ll use them – I still find Apple Maps the most intuitive – but because a lot of other people love them and use them.

    I found Waze great at first except on routes where someone decided to report every tiny bump in the road and it required too many screen changes to use as a driver. I want to keep my eyes on the road as much as possible.

  2. Not that it doesn’t cut it, it’s just that it’s not available in my country with turn by turn navigation. How hard is that? Thanks for letting us use Waze at least…

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