iOS 14 could bring CarPlay wallpapers, more Maps improvements

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Apple’s big iOS 14 update could bring CarPlay wallpapers for the first time — as well as more Maps improvements, a new report claimed Thursday.

These are the latest snippets in a series of leaks from unreleased iOS 14 code. They come less a week before Apple is scheduled to roll out iPadOS 13.4, another rather significant update that brings true trackpad support to iPad.

iOS 14 is shaping up to be a huge update. We’ve already gotten information about some of its changes, and the fact that iOS 13.4 offers so much is a sign that Apple is making way for even greater things later this year.

Other leaks from iOS 14 code indicate it will bring a new Home screen layout, fresh features for iMessage, and a revamped multitasking system. The latest promises CarPlay wallpapers and improvements to Maps.

iOS 14 to bring even more to Maps

The Maps improvements reportedly focus on better Apple Store information. They’re expected to make it easier to find local Apple Store details, see Genius Bar availability, and identify which stores offer same-day repairs.

“For those who want to buy a new product, Maps will also show if that store offers device trade-in for credit,” reports 9to5Mac. “That feature should also be available for some Apple Authorized Service Providers.”

Right now when you look at an Apple Store in Maps, you get little more than the information you see for any other retailer. There’s an address and phone number, opening hours, photos, and information on Today at Apple sessions.

One supposed iOS 14 improvement that isn’t Apple Store-related is the ability to identify nearby places with things like seating for couples, discounts for children, and private rooms. Movie theaters with IMAX may also be highlighted.

A splash of paint for CarPlay

iOS 14 could also bring wallpapers to CarPlay, allowing users to finally customize its look. Apple is said to be testing this feature with the same wallpapers that are baked into iOS 13. CarPlay could get its own later.

Like in iOS, those CarPlay wallpapers are expected to transition between light and dark modes — depending on which theme you’re using.

It’s not clear if the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has affected iOS 14 development in any way. However, Apple has confirmed that its annual Worldwide Developers Conference will go ahead this year in an online format.

That event will bring our first official look at iOS 14, as well as the next major updates to watchOS, tvOS, and macOS.