Apple Announces 'CarPlay' iOS Vehicle Integration Feature

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    As indicated last week, Apple today announced its CarPlay iOS vehicle integration feature at the Geneva International Motor Show, which allows an iPhone to take over the in-dash display of a car, providing Siri voice controlled access to aspects such as navigation, phone functions, messages, and music.

    Once a Lightning-enabled iPhone is connected, the feature can be summoned and controlled on compatible cars through Siri voice control, a touchscreen, and on-board buttons. From there, users are able to access various iOS apps such as Maps, Phone, Messages, Podcasts, and Music. Third party apps such as Beats Radio, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher are also supported, with Apple promising compatibility with more apps soon.

    CarPlay will be accessible this week with vehicles from manufacturers such as Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, while other manufacturers such as BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota will receive the update later.

    The feature was originally named iOS in the Car and was revealed last year at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). While Apple executives went on record to say that the functionality was "very important to the company" and is an essential "part of the ecosystem," reports earlier this year stated that CarPlay was plagued by development issues. However, a video of the feature surfaced last month, and showed support for multiple resolutions of external displays, touch input and hardware controls, and voice input.

    CarPlay will be available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lighting-enabled iPhones including the iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and iPhone 5.

    Article Link: Apple Announces 'CarPlay' iOS Vehicle Integration Feature
  2. dakota747 macrumors member


    Sep 24, 2013
    its great to see that it is going to be integrated with so many different cars :)
  3. recklesslife85 macrumors 6502


    Sep 17, 2012
    Wales, UK
    Who would use this driving their brand new Ferrari. Apple maps is still a mess for me in the UK with missing streets and missing bends in the road.
  4. MattJessop macrumors regular


    Apr 24, 2007
    Manchester, UK
    See, this name was quite obvious.... not sure how I didn't see it.

    Hope there are aftermarket manufacturers, or I'll be waiting a while!!
  5. haruhiko macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2009
    Does it support other navigation solutions than the built in Apple maps, e.g. Google Maps?

    Since Apple Maps has not been that great in many parts of the world esp. outside the USA.
  6. Sirious macrumors 65816


    Jan 2, 2013
    United Kingdom
  7. 33man macrumors regular

    Sep 27, 2011
    6 Months later: Galaxy in the car, made by Samsung inspired by Apple...

    Well I'm very curious about this Carplay and I'm living in Switzerland so why not going to see it during the expo :)
  8. The Phazer macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2007
    London, UK
    Yup. Some of these manufacturers have a reputation for quality, so how can they endorse Apple Maps? Stupid of them. Being able to use other maps should have been a deal breaker for anyone who knew what they were doing.
  9. hvfsl macrumors 68000


    Jul 9, 2001
    London, UK
    I would assume that it won't be too long before TomTom etc update their apps to support CarPlay too.
  10. luckydcxx macrumors 65816


    Jun 13, 2013
  11. joeshmo2010 macrumors 6502a

    Jun 25, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    So, 7.1 then? I can't remember, do the x.1 releases get GM's before the public release?
  12. taptic macrumors 65816


    Dec 5, 2012
  13. Merkie, Mar 2, 2014
    Last edited: Mar 3, 2014

    Merkie macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2008
    Yeah they do, but based on this announcement they're going to skip the GM I think. Which is something they've done before.
  14. KylePowers macrumors 68000


    Mar 5, 2011
    Weirdly (sadly?) my next car choice will probably heavily revolve around this type of integration.
  15. Dreamer2go macrumors 6502a

    Jun 23, 2007
    nice!!! My parents are getting a new 2015 C class... hope that has CarPlay...

    Though I kinda wish I can use Google Maps... it's just more accurate in Hong Kong
  16. C DM macrumors Nehalem

    Oct 17, 2011
    Sounds like it's almost here.
  17. RubenTheys macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2010
    I'm thrilled to read that Spotify is supported as well! :)
  18. danielsutton macrumors regular

    Jun 13, 2011
    I am surprised that iPhones need to be physically connected via Lightning cables, I thought this would be a wireless solution e.g BlueTooth...
  19. petsounds macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    This cherry-picked support for 3rd-party apps is a disappointing trend with Apple, where some apps get much better treatment than others. Apple should publish the specs and API for car integration and allow any app to take advantage of this (and conversely, allow users to show any app they want in the car).
  20. thelonelylimo macrumors 6502


    Oct 23, 2010
    Columbus, Ohio
    After numerous meetings Steve had with Martin Winterkorn, Volkswagen Auto Group aren't participating in the initial launch? Not even Audi or Porsche? Kind of odd IMO.
  21. haruhiko macrumors 68040


    Sep 29, 2009
    How can Apple feed video data to the car through Bluetooth?
  22. shandyman macrumors 603

    Apr 24, 2010
    Newbury, UK
    Weird. It's much better for me, I live in quite a rural area. Never have problems when I've travelled around the UK. Whereas google maps claims my road doesn't exist, despite the house being built 15 years ago.....
  23. aismaiil macrumors member


    Aug 1, 2012
    :DI hope we can use Google maps, or watch videos on the car's screen! :D
  24. needfx macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
    so since in the States autopark featured cars have not been allowed, due to the fact that no one could be charged with responsibility for the dents on other cars, I think we have found the future culprit to finally allow this

    (I am european, and I don't and I won't own an autopark enabled car)

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