A Custom iPad Dash Is the Upgraded CarPlay Apple Isn’t Yet Ready to Launch


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In many regards, this substantially improved CarPlay version would be a rival to Android Automotive, Google’s very own operating system whose adoption is improving slowly in the car industry.

Android Automotive allows car manufacturers to install this software right from the factory, therefore integrating Google services at the OS level. And this means users are provided with more advanced capabilities than what they’re getting from Android Auto, including support for adjusting the climate control settings with a voice command, for instance.

Apple, too, likes this idea, and people with knowledge of the matter said the company is exploring this concept as well. However, the Cupertino-based tech giant wouldn’t launch a new stand-alone product, as Google did with Android Automotive, but only upgrade CarPlay to support new features.

Nobody knows exactly when this project could receive the go-ahead, but what’s even worse, nobody even knows for sure is Apple wants to release it publicly in the first place.

In other words, it’s an ambitious project that Apple is currently exploring, though, on the other hand, there’s no guarantee it ever gets the green light.

In the meantime, there are other ways to boost the capabilities of CarPlay. And one of the most convenient is a custom dash mod.

First of all, what’s a custom dash mod?

In essence, it all comes down to rebuilding your vehicle dashboard in such a way that it can accommodate a tablet, such as an iPad. Doing this obviously isn’t something for the Average Joe, but on the other hand, there are several professionals out there that can do the whole thing for you.

And best of all, these tweaks essentially make it possible to install an iPad in pretty much any car out there. Given the dash itself would be completely modified, some buttons would have to be relocated, but at the end of the day, not only that you’re not losing anything, but you’re getting so much more.

So what are the benefits of having an iPad in your car?

First and foremost, think of it this way: CarPlay is currently limited to select car-optimized applications, whereas an iPad allows you to enjoy the full iOS experience without any restrictions.

In other words,…