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Monday, February 9, 2015

[BREAKING] iOS 8.3 Beta Suggests Wireless CarPlay Support Is Coming

Apple seeded iOS 8.3 Beta to developers this morning and a few new features included in the latest version are beginning to be uncovered. The big one for CarPlay users is 'Wireless CarPlay Support,' which according to sources, has been added to the Settings menu.

More details are below.

iOS 8.3 Beta has been released while iOS 8.2 Beta 5 is still being tested and not available for users yet. This is unusual as far as beta versions of iOS go.

According to TechCrunch, the new beta offers a new feature that stands out called 'Wireless CarPlay Support.' As of today, we all know that CarPlay works only via a wired connection in compatible vehicles or aftermarket head units. With wireless functionality being added, it raises a few questions.

How will CarPlay work wirelessly? Will it use Bluetooth or a tethered wi-fi connection? Will it be available in aftermarket car stereos or just built-in vehicle infotainment systems?

In iOS 8.3 Beta, wireless CarPlay functionality has been added as a menu item under General Settings. It instructs users to hold down the voice control button in their vehicle to begin the pairing process.

Wireless functionality has been anticipated for a while now. If CarPlay works wirelessly, it will eliminate the need for the driver to handle his/her phone while behind the wheel. The iPhone can remain in the pocket at all times.

Aftermarket car stereos from Pioneer, Alpine, and the upcoming Parrot and JVC Kenwood systems, will be more popular than OEM car systems that support CarPlay. Hence, it is important that wireless functionality becomes available on those devices as well. Hopefully that's the case.

More information will be available when the final version of iOS 8.3 gets released.

Source: TechCrunch

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