We have just stepped into 2023, and there’s already excitement around many in-development features to be released by Apple even before the iOS17 launch. There has been transparency from Apple’s side around introducing the new features for its core software on iPhone and iPad, including Apple Pay, Apple Music, HomeKit, and CarPlay.
The Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) 2022 event was the platform for Apple, where they revealed the next-generation CarPlay update. The new version of the infotainment system is looking at introducing multiple support screens for CarPlay. CarPlay could feature an alternative to the UI of each manufacturer to emphasize fuel levels, speed, temperature, and extras via the instrument cluster.
There is talk about including radio controls, personalization, and widgets for Music and Weather on the vehicle’s dashboard. However, there has been no announcement regarding the release date of the new CarPlay system nor which vehicles it will support.
Apple had an intended vision for its users by improving the reliability and performance of its home accessories. The new architecture was released by Apple for HomeKit with the iOS 16.2 launch on an opt-in basis. However, with an overload of complaints, this architecture was quickly delisted in December.
Apple has stated that “A fix will be available soon.”
Another announcement Apple shared at WWDC 2022 was the expected support for web notifications for Safari on iPasOS and iOS. However, Apple confirmed its launch sometime in 2023, so we will have to wait and see when it will be! The Safari feature has been absent in the recent iOS 16 beta, and once available, it should be able to push notifications from websites as it currently does on Mac.
On track for 2023 is the iMessage Contact Key feature that provides an extra layer of security for users who prefer to verify who is on the other side of the call. For instance, journalists, government officials, etc., will notice when an unauthorized device is associated with another user account.
And last but not least, Apple Pay may hold a few software features in 2023. First in line is the Apple Pay Later feature, which allows users to split purchases into four payments across six weeks with 0% interest.
Secondly, a dedicated Appl Card Savings Account allows users to deposit Daily Cash regards into the account automatically. It utilizes Apple Wallet, and users can track their account growth and balance. Unfortunately, both these features are exclusively available in the U.S., but hopefully, in the future, Apple will be able to expand it globally.