Apple to launch iOS in the Car next week?

Apple to launch iOS in the Car next week?
According to a report out of the U.K., Apple is expected to launch its in-car OS, iOS in the Car, as soon as next week. The first three car brands that will support the service are Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. The launch comes amid rumors that Apple could be interested in buying electric car manufacturer Tesla. Previous speculation had iOS in the Car being made available as part of the release of iOS 7.1.

Putting a version of iOS in a car manufactured by a third party represents the first time Apple has allowed its OS to be used in a product not branded Apple. The buzz is that the Cupertino based tech titan decided on the three car makers involved, because of their reputation as premium models. This is supposed to mirror the high-end image of Apple's iDevices.

The car dashboard has become a hot property for tech giants, looking to become the brains of the next generation of automobile. Last month at CES, Audi chairman Rupert Stadler said that the car would become the "the largest social mobile devices we own."

According to the report, Apple will announce the deal with the three car companies for iOS in the Car at next week's Geneva Motor Show. Other manufacturers are expected to sign deals with Apple throughout 2014.

Last month, we showed you a video of what the mapping application is going to look like on the platform.

source: FinancialTimes via Engadget

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8 Comments

1. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

"" And, next week all 80,000 Microsoft employees go on vacation for the third time this year"""... Lol!!..... :-(

2. Ninetysix

Posts: 2966; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Please don't tell joey_sfb! Anything with an apple logo is "crap" according to him.

4. rodneyej1

Posts: 3576; Member since: Jul 06, 2013

You mean joey_sfb who trolls on every WP article saying that WP is crap??? ...................... I've learned that guys like him usually have a piece of crap Android device, and can't afford nice ones like Galaxy, Experias, and Droids... I guess it makes them feel like they belong to something...

3. Fruitpoop

Posts: 34; Member since: Dec 27, 2012

I hope this one doesn't crash as often as the one on my iPad Air.

5. Topcat488

Posts: 1419; Member since: Sep 29, 2012

iCar.......Zoom zuuuuuuuuuuuuum.

6. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

God I hope Apple doesn't buy Tesla. Elon Musk is doing a great job with the company as it is, and they're looking to break ground on a new $5,000,000,000 factory to manufacture the vehicle batteries as opposed to depending on overseas production. He’s creating jobs for American’s, Apple will just outsource everything to China.

7. PBXtech

Posts: 1032; Member since: Oct 21, 2013

Apple buying Tesla has got to be the most far out there rumor I've heard yet. I just can't imagine Apple suddenly thinking they know how to run an automotive company. Stick to what you do best, iElectronics.

8. Scott93274

Posts: 6040; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

I agree with you but I had a co-worker tell me something along the line of Apple looking to buy Tesla was published by some big name publication. I dismissed it until I read this article. Blah, just seems like a really bad Idea.

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