Apple unveils CarPlay mode for safer, easier iPhone usage in your Ferrari... or Corolla


Apple chose the Geneva International Motor Show to announce its rumored CarPlay service, "designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car," as per Greg Joswiak, VP of iPhone and iOS product marketing.

CarPlay will arrive as an update to iOS7, and will be compatible with all iPhones that have a Lightning port, such as the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s, and iPhone 5c. Apple dubs CarPlay to be a "smarter, safer and more fun" way to use those iPhones in a car. Essentially, it is what other manufacturers, like Samsung, LG, HTC or Nokia, have been offering as a Drive or Car mode, in their respective interface overlays, but tailored to the iOS crowd. CarPlay is Apple's answer to the scramble to make using smartphones in our vehicles a more integrated, safer, and pleasant experience.

There are the obligatory lush, big icons, which are easy to spot and press while driving, and give you immediate access to navigation, calling, music services, and messaging. These can be operated with touch, or via engaging Siri's voice assistant prerogatives via a dedicated, steering wheel-mounted button. CarPlay's will also be predicting your eventual destination, based on a trip log, and Siri will be reading out the directions, while maps appear on the car's display.

As far as the music experience goes, besides all the music stored on your iPhone or in iCloud, you'll be able to use 3rd party apps like Spotify, for streaming anything your heart desires. "The iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimised distraction. We have an amazing lineup of auto partners rolling out CarPlay, and we're thrilled it will make its debut this week in Geneva," chimed in Greg Joswiak again, praising the new mode.

Those "auto partners" include brands like Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz, which already have models with CarPlay at the Motor Show, while a number of others will be joining them in the future. BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Citro├źn, Subaru, Suzuki, and Toyota, have apparently all signed up for the ride. CarPlay will be available in select 2014 models of the above brands, which will standardize the iPhone and iOS in-car experience across all of them.

source: Apple

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17 Comments

1. Valoni

Posts: 29; Member since: Sep 11, 2013

Revolution would have been if the car does jailbreak then no need diesel or gasoline, free drive.

2. hmd74

Posts: 540; Member since: Jan 31, 2013

:| :| :|

3. jeff1434325

Posts: 97; Member since: Aug 07, 2012

Great, now everybody will be iLost thanks to Apple.

4. TechFreak123

Posts: 85; Member since: Feb 25, 2014

Better to have standard than what apple does in every aspect of their products. And for this we have Google and the Open Automotive Alliance they created.

5. vincelongman

Posts: 5723; Member since: Feb 10, 2013

Apple always ignore standards unfortunately

6. androiphone20

Posts: 1654; Member since: Jul 10, 2013

I see myself trying this out, sounds great. I really missed those days when we used to have an ipod in the car I hope this service makes up for that...with a little bit of a mordern twist

7. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

please get rid of any iJunk from my Ferrari, thank you very much.

9. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

As if you have one lol. I highly doubt the parents of whiners like you would buy you one.

8. darkkjedii

Posts: 31293; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Apple releases, fandroids complain. What else is new...

10. skyline88

Posts: 698; Member since: Jul 15, 2013

Android dominated, iBigmommaboy complained and cried. What else is not new

11. LuckyS

Posts: 154; Member since: Dec 07, 2013

I'd never buy car with iOS. Seriosly, who would want car without nfc powered tasker commands?! Never heard of it, A fanboys?

12. romeo1

Posts: 816; Member since: Jan 06, 2012

they should make it look like it belongs in the interior cause this doesn't fit the honda interior where its in.

13. bugsbunny00

Posts: 2265; Member since: Jun 07, 2013

this is what ios came up with? ha.ha.

14. garyII

Posts: 160; Member since: Feb 26, 2014

i love HTC car-mode, especially when they launch HTC One V...

15. x78_nothing

Posts: 53; Member since: Feb 07, 2013

Do you know that carplay runs on top of QNX system? you will know soon , apple is a strategic partner of BlackBerry QNX mobile system. Just visit QNX web..

16. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

+1 to you

17. thealphageek1

Posts: 942; Member since: Feb 02, 2013

Just as x78 mentioned, Apple's carplay runs atop BlackBerry's QNX, an extremely powerful and versatile operating system which is also at the heart of BB10. Now, I won't ask why this isn't mentioned, seeing as how this is an Apple article(EVEN THOUGH IT IS RELEVANT TO THE TOPIC). Is it not newsworthy enough to mention this? Even better: can one of the PA authors write up an article about it? That in itself is huge news. And before anyone says otherwise: I'm not bashing Apple. I am not an Apple hater. Just would like to see credit given where credit is due.

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