The day I bought my Chevy Bolt EV, I was excited to plug in my iPhone and use Apple CarPlay to run my favorite apps on the dashboard’s huge infotainment screen. My enthusiasm promptly faded, though, when CarPlay forced me to use Apple Maps for navigation. Nooooooooo!
I took a deep breath and thought to myself, “Surely Apple Maps can’t be as bad as it used to be. Maybe this will be OK? ”
But after a few weeks of devoting Apple Maps a chance, I had an epiphany: I can’t get the new iPhone. I’d been waiting for the iPhone X to supplant my cracked iPhone 6S, but Apple CarPlay’s restrictions — specifically the fact that it forces me to use Apple Maps for navigation — are attaining me reconsider. I require Waze on my car’s dashboard route more than I necessity Apple’s creepy Face ID .
As a Los Angeles resident with a one-hour-plus commute to job, I’ve become dependent on Waze to shave time off my daily schlep. Waze’s excellent crowdsourcing features let me know when there’s unexpected construction, police, traffic stops, when I should skip one superhighway admission for another due to gridlock, and when I should get off the road sooner to cut time off my drive.
Apple Maps can’t assistance me find unknown shortcuts thanks to other motorists stuck in bumper-to-bumper purgatory.
Even with the traffic function toggled on, Apple Maps’ routes aren’t nearly as fast as Waze’s. During my tests, Maps systematically rendered a itinerary that’d take 10 to 20 minutes longer. Yes, it has an option for “more routes, ” but those are rarely quicker than the first choice. Maps will redirect you along the way when it sees a faster road, and that’s a plus, but I want to have been driving the very best road from the beginning. And twice now, Apple Maps has given me the wrong guidances( it told me to go on a freeway heading the opposite lane of home ).
Apple Maps can’t assistance me find unknown shortcuts thanks to other drivers stuck in bumper-to-bumper purgatory, despite quality updates over the years. The power of crowdsourcing is real.
iOS 11 devoted Apple Maps lane guidance, which tells you which lane to merge into ahead of a highway exit, and that’s great. Having to intersect four lanes of traffic at the last minute is no fun.( Google Maps already has this, but Waze, which is owned by Google, doesn’t .) Apple Maps now also displays speed restrictions. Waze does this on your telephone, but not in Android Auto — though that may change in a future update. Still, Waze one-ups Maps by alerting you to cops up ahead.
Waze isnt available on apple carplay and that attains me want to throw pears at Apple Store windows.
— DPells (@ DerekPells) September 20, 2017
Waze isn’t perfect. Sometimes it wants you to get off the road just to get back on or traverse multiple lanes to make a left at a stop sign( boo !), but more frequently than not, it’s helpful. Waze is missing some great features that Google Maps for Android Auto has, like pinch-to-zoom( which Apple Maps also absence ). Google Maps likewise lets you click through the list of guidances on your infotainment screen. Both Waze and Apple Maps don’t — Apple Maps shown in the list on your phone, while your phone shuts off functionality when running Android Auto. If I wasn’t such a adherent in crowdsourcing, I’d prefer Google Maps over Waze.
You can trick CarPlay into letting you listen to Waze directions, but it’s not a good alternative. One, I like to see the map, and two, the user experience sucks. If I want Waze to direct me verbally, CarPlay forces me away from radio stations and to Apple Music. But while playing my carols, Waze’s volume is so low that I have to crank the music up to an riling degree to hear guidances( this volume issue doesn’t happen when using the Podcasts app for some reason ).
A consortium, is presided over by Ford, is also working on its own app-based infotainment system. That will likely suck for consumers. It’s already bad when Apple limits the apps we can and can’t use on our vehicles.
Before I got my electric car, I was driving a 12 -year-old Mini Cooper with no aux port. I had a phone owner positioned inside my CD player. So yea, CarPlay was a big step up for me. I was pumped about get smart features. But now I’m only bummed, even more so because I’m starting to feel a little bit of new iPhone FOMO( and don’t like it ). I detest CarPlay for impede Waze, but whenever a shiny new iPhone arrives, it’s still a little tempting, despite not being the best telephone for me.
Apple declined to comment on whether Waze could come to CarPlay in the future, and Google didn’t get back to me. CarPlay does support some third-party audio, messaging, and voice apps, but I’m not comprising my breath for navigation apps.
I’ve had Androids before, and converted over to an iPhone with the 6S. Apple’s tight grip on its CarPlay ecosystem attains me want to turn right back around. Apple fans may say ‘It’s not like Android Auto offers Apple Maps.’ But who’d choose Apple Maps over Google Maps( or Waze )? Come on.
See ya, iPhone. Maybe we’ll meet again when Apple stops being so unreasonable.