What's coming to CarPlay in iOS 10.3

iOS 10.3 only has a couple major user-facing features, but it has one very welcome addition for CarPlay users.

While there aren't a lot in the way of shiny new features in iOS 10.3, the update does bring a nice addition for CarPlay users: Apple has added a quick app switcher to the in-dash system in iOS 10.3.

CarPlay's new app switcher

In CarPlay on iOS 10.3, Apple has moved the clock and wireless status indicators from the center of their side of the display to the bottom corner of that side. This leaves room for three car app icons to appear on that side as well, but in the top corner. The top icon will be your current app, while below that will reside your two most recent apps. Just tap the icons to jump between the apps.

This is a welcome change for CarPlay users. In iOS 10.2 and before, if you wanted to switch between apps, you needed to tap the virtual Home button and choose an app. You might even have needed to swipe to the next Home screen to find the app you're looking for. All of this wastes time and is, more importantly, distracting. Many drivers only need to switch between apps like Maps and Music in any case, so this new system will make that easier, and will hopefully lead to safer driving overall.