Ap­ple into first gear

CarPlay’s iPhone in­ter­ac­tions turn your ve­hi­cle into an iMo­tor

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It’s been a long time com­ing, like the wait for the lights to change when you’re par­tic­u­larly late for work, but Ap­ple has fi­nally shown its hand in the con­nected car war, up­grad­ing iOSitC to the far more catchy CarPlay.

Un­veiled at the Geneva Mo­tor Show, the sync sys­tem lets the dash of com­pat­i­ble cars – Ap­ple’s inked deals with Ford, Jaguar, Mercedes, Volvo and Fer­rari – play nice with your iPhone. As a re­sult, you can use cer­tain iOS apps on your car’s touch­screen, or boss them about vo­cally, via your Siri side­kick.

“CarPlay lets driv­ers use their iPhone with min­imised dis­trac­tion,” says Greg Joswiak, Ap­ple’s VP of iOS prod­uct mar­ket­ing. “We have an amaz­ing lineup of auto part­ners.”

While the man­u­fac­tur­ers are un­doubt­edly strong, a choice of Ap­ple Maps, phone and mes­sag­ing con­trol, and a clutch of au­dio apps such as Spo­tify is less revo­lu­tion, more the first step of a nat­u­ral evo­lu­tion. It’s avail­able as part of the free iOS 7.1 up­date, but not due to land in cars un­til later this year. So there’s still plenty of time to save up for your most ex­pen­sive up­grade ever.

Ap­ple.com/au/ios/carplay, out 2014

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