As tech-savvy users certainly know, installing beta software comes with an increased likelihood of bugs, and this is the main reason companies don’t recommend users to do this on their main devices.
Earlier this week, the Cupertino-based tech giant Apple rolled out the first iOS 14.5 beta build to developers, and a few hours ago, the same version went live for public beta users too. In other words, anyone can install iOS 14.5 beta today if they want to.
And yet, those running CarPlay in their vehicles might want to think twice before doing it, as iOS 14.5 comes with two big issues affecting the experience behind the wheel. And Apple has acknowledged both of them in the official release notes of the beta.
The first of them concerns how Siri works when running CarPlay on the head unit, with Apple explaining that sharing an ETA and routes will end up with an error. In other words, you can’t use Siri to provide someone with an ETA, and the Cupertino-based firm says the only workaround available right now is to just turn to Apple Maps and share the time of arrival right from within the app.
The second acknowledged issue is even worse, as Apple explains that some vehicles won’t be able to start CarPlay if the iPhone is set to share contacts over the car interface. In other words, you may not be able to use CarPlay at all once you install iOS 14.5 beta.
At the end of the day, the best way to go for those who don’t want to mess with this kind of glitches is to just stick with stable builds of iOS, as they should theoretically provide the smoothest and most reliable experience behind the wheel.