CarBridge is a jailbreak tool that enhances the existing version of Apple’s CarPlay with new functionality, including support for games and YouTube videos.
Starting this week, CarBridge offers full support for iOS 13 as part of a completely new version.
“CarBridge for iOS 13 is a complete rewrite of the original CarBridge for iOS 10, with new and improved icons. Please note that this version of CarBridge only includes the portal app from the original CarBridge as a result of the CarPlay changes in iOS 13,” the developer of the $4.99 app explains in the official description.
Of course, CarBridge retains the essential feature package of the previous versions, so you can view your iPhone screen on the car’s HUD, watch videos and play games on the screen, and control the iPhone with touch from the display of the vehicle.
CarBridge is without a doubt a welcome evolution of CarPlay, but on the other hand, it only works on jailbroken iPhones. This is clearly a deal-breaker for many people who aren’t willing to unlock their devices, but on the other hand, such customizations aren’t possible in Apple’s walled garden with all restrictions in place.
The good news is that Apple itself has decided to open more parts of iOS to third parties, and CarPlay itself benefits a lot from this change. For example, after apps like Google Maps and Waze made their way to CarPlay last year, Apple is now allowing other companies to bring their apps to the CarPlay multi-view screen, basically letting users replace Apple Maps with any navigation app like Google’s Maps and Waze.