Finally! Apple Maps is no longer the only way for CarPlay users to get directions.
Among all the shiny things included in Apple's latest iPhone software update is an exciting development for CarPlay users – finally, you can use Google Maps through your car's touchscreen. Huzzah!
UPDATE: Waze is coming, but it's not available right now. Apologies for the error.
The news was announced at Apple's Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC) in June this year, but it's now officially available to users as part of the iOS12.0 update released alongside the new iPhone XS, XS Max and XR.
Australians will have access to Google Maps and Waze, while global users can also access Alibaba Auto Navi. Up until now, CarPlay software has only supported Apple Maps – considered by many an inferior map/navigation system to Google's ubiquitous offering.
Interestingly, the updated functionality bore no mention on the little blurb accompanying the update before downloading. Hmmm. No hardware or software changes are required in the car to make the extra apps work.