For many reasons, Beta software programs are at hand. To experienced users before pushing them to the production level, they allow software developers to release early versions. Second, before the public came out, it gave these users a chance to try new improvements.
And last but not least, it is a great way for developers to get feedback on what didn’t work out and adjust the experience before the public launch.
This is why Apple itself is also betting big on iOS beta versions. And judging from the experience with CarPlay on the latest iOS beta updates, the program certainly does its job.
Many users who are currently part of the test program report conflicts with CarPlay applications. More importantly, the apps used on freezing CarPlay either on launch or seconds after that unless the iPhone is unlocked and the applications are loaded on the smartphone properly.
In other words, if you want to listen to Spotify on CarPlay, launching the app on the head unit either causes the app to freeze or does not allow you to start playback. To restore the expected behavior, you need to launch Spotify on the iPhone as well, and the second it is bringing to the foreground on the smartphones, it starts working well on CarPlay as well.
Users are reporting similar behavior with many apps on CarPlay, including not only Spotify but also Waze and Google Maps. In all cases, unlocking the iPhone and launching these applications on the smartphone also brings them back to normal as well.
While glitch has been reported in the latest beta version of iOS 15.2, it seems to have been around since the first release of the same update. The good news in this release is also at the beta stage, so hopefully, Apple knows the whole thing and is currently working on a redesign before the production launch.
There is no ETA yet when iOS 15.2 should be transferred to users, but it could go live for everyone later this month.