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Apple Designing Car Interfaces?

Discussion in 'MacRumors.com News Discussion' started by MacRumors, Aug 30, 2007.

  1. macrumors bot



    While an earlier report today claimed that Volkswagen and Apple were working on integrating Apple products into future Volkswagen models, reader Chris Bangle notes that Apple may have been working on control interfaces for at least one upcoming luxury car.

    CarMagazine.co.uk has a feature about the upcoming Jaguar XF, and an interview with the designer, Ian Callum.

    The interview concludes with Callum talking about the new Jaguar's gearshift mechanism ("JaguarDrive"), and claims that Apple has had some involvement with their design:

    A description of the JaguarDrive Selector describes it as follows:

    Apple was also the focus of an earlier rumor that Apple was working on car navigation and sound systems in partnership with Mercedes for a 2009 launch.

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  2. macrumors 68020


    I hope Audi, Mercedes and BMW are also working with Apple.
    It's time to upgrade my old car.
  3. macrumors member

    it was only a matter of time.

    i had always thought to myself, how cool would it be if all the buttons in the car glowed when you touched them like the 3g ipod / power button on the cinema displays. i'm excited to see what's truly up.
  4. macrumors 68030


    THAT"S AWESOME.....for wealthy people...:rolleyes:
  5. macrumors member

    sounds cool-my dad has a bmw with iDrive- it's clunky and not easy to use at all. Maybe this will be better.
  6. macrumors member


    Lets hope that the system is going to be much better than the BMW I-Drive system which I have to use every day. The system is unresponsive and stupid in the way that you have to control nearly the entire car through it. Perhaps VW Audi, will have a better design?
  7. macrumors 68000


    I want this in my next car!

    Apple improves and simplifies interfaces....They could do wonders for the automobile industry. It's no surprise why they changed to Apple Inc....the company is really branching out.
  8. macrumors 6502a

    Finally... Ive been posting this since Tuesday and have been mocked and ridiculed... Finally someone realised that Apple and Jaguar worked together.

    I would love some recognition.
  9. macrumors 6502a


    Well I guess Chris Bangle's SCREAMING got heard.
  10. macrumors P6


    I'm sure Jaguar isn't the only one. And if they are, surely other companies will be interested now that the news is out. Hopefully we will see more design improvements of this nature in the future, regardless of whether it's Apple's doing or not.

    Oh, and posting a one-word reply, then going back and editing it in a sad attempt to get the first post in the thread? Pretty weak - and you failed in any case... :p :cool:
  11. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Especially BMW. Their iDrive and iPod adapter needs SERIOUS UI work, especially the iPod adapter which offers no quick and easy way to go from A to Z.
  12. macrumors member

    Isn't Chris Bangle head of design for BMW?!
  13. macrumors 6502a

    From the article i assumed that Jaguar helped design the Sat Nav and the interfaces on the touchscreen screen on the dash... Someone will need to get in touch with Jaguar and ask them for more info..... Apple have certainly kept this quiet
  14. macrumors newbie


    Chris Bangle? Wouldn't be the same Chris Bangle of the BMW `Bangle Butt' fame?

    It's odd that Jaguar is working with Apple since Ford (Jaguars parent) has been working with MSFT.
  15. macrumors 6502a

    Yes he is... Sadly im not the real Chris Bangle :( Ive been screaming it on the forums... Not the real Chris Bangle...

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  16. macrumors 65816


    Apple is becoming the lotus of the tech world. They are the go to people for design.
  17. macrumors 6502

    Corrosive vinyl

    it definitely seems as though computer has been extracted from apple.
    so, if i want the latest :apple: products i have to switch phone services and buy a new car? whatever happened to simplicity?
  18. macrumors newbie


    LOL. You were screaming (literally) for some attention. Maybe it was the double-posts or the CAPS THAT SCREAMED AT EVERYONE, but either way it was a good find.

    But seriously. Next time, lose the CAPS!
  19. macrumors 65816


    C'mon, AAPL, buy me a new car!!
  20. macrumors regular


    *Fingers Crossed* for this in the Pontiac G5!!

    hahaha I know I'm dreaming, but dammit don't wake me up!
  21. macrumors 68000

    Come on BMW!

    Drop that stupid iDrive and put a REAL i(phone)Drive in!
  22. macrumors regular

    WTF does using CAPS have to do with screaming at people, I've never understood it and never will. It makes no difference whether the text is capitalised or not, just GET OVER IT ALREADY.
  23. macrumors 68040


    I assume you're joking, because that is some of the faultiest logic I've heard in a long time.
  24. macrumors 601


    Yes, Pontiac G5 next Tuesday for me. ha ha.
    I am glad Apple is stretching their legs. It is time to change that auto industry and bring some innovation.
  25. macrumors 6502a


    I've always felt that :apple: should have a design department that could be contracted by other companies to help them with design! :)

    I want the world to look & function better (…an improved GUI if you will)! :D :p :cool:

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