Google’s Waze app starts beta testing for Apple CarPlay ahead of iOS 12 release

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Google’s Waze navigation app has started beta testing for the Apple in-car infotainment system ahead of the public release of Apple CarPlay third-party navigation app support for iOS 12.

This morning, beta testers received emails informing them that an update for the Waze app on TestFlight will be soon available. In a Twitter post by Chris Harper, the email identifies the update at “RC v.,” and to ensure that notifications for TestFlight are on.

This past June during WWDC 2018, Apple said it was bringing support for third-party navigation apps like Google Maps and Waze in this Fall’s iOS 12 update. Although Google did not mention when Google Maps will support CarPlay, we expect an update sometime after iOS 12 is released.

According to the iOS 12 page for Apple CarPlay, “CarPlay now supports third-party navigation apps, giving drivers even more choices for a familiar experience on the dash while they drive.

We are hopeful that the Waze app will be out of beta soon after iOS 12 releases, but we aren’t able to confirm that at the time of this writing.

Also during WWDC, Apple announced that they are no longer relying on externally sourced map data for Apple Maps, and instead, working on their own in-house solution. It will be first rolled out to limited users in the Bay Area, then California, then to the rest of the United States.

iOS 12 will be available to all users running an iPhone 5s and above, iPad Air and above, iPad mini 2, 3, and 4, and iPod touch 6th generation starting on Monday, September 17th.

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