Apple into first gear
CarPlay’s iPhone interactions turn your vehicle into an iMotor
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