Leaked 'iOS in the Car' Screenshots Show Possible Design Evolution

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    App developer Steven Troughton-Smith posted a number of images on Twitter of what appears to be Apple's upcoming iOS in the Car interface. The files may have been bundled into the recently released iOS 7.1 beta 4, but it is unclear how Troughton-Smith was able to obtain the images, which show a simple iOS 7-style Maps design. When asked for clarification on the origin of the images, Troughton-Smith declined to comment.

    First introduced alongside iOS 7, the upcoming iOS in the Car feature is designed to provide enhanced iOS integration in automobiles, offering an iOS-style interface on the car's touchscreen dash that allows users to make phone calls, access Maps, control music, and more. As shown in the screenshots, the software includes a warning screen like most typical GPS software, and it also has a home screen and an area for bookmarks.

    The images of iOS in the Car provided by Troughton-Smith are quite different from those that have been provided by Apple in marketing materials, but that could be due to an evolution of the software's development. In the image below, Troughton-Smith's screenshot is compared to Apple's early example of iOS in the Car.

    iOS in the Car as shown on Apple's website on the bottom, iOS in the Car screenshot on the top
    On Apple's iOS 7 website, iOS in the Car is listed as "Coming soon" and the company has given few hints as to when it might make an appearance in cars. In mid-2013, Tim Cook said that iOS in the Car was an "important part of the [Apple] ecosystem" and a "key focus."

    Many car makers have expressed interest in including iOS in the Car in their 2014 models, including Audi, BMW, Acura, Chevrolet, Honda, and more. While Honda has included new HondaLink connectivity in its newly released models and several car manufacturers have implemented support for last year's Siri Eyes Free, cars with full support for iOS in the Car have yet to be released.

    Specific iOS in the Car settings were found in the second iOS 7.1 beta, leading some to believe that iOS in the Car support could be a feature bundled into iOS 7.1. Currently on its fourth beta iteration, it is unknown when iOS 7.1 will be released to the public.

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  2. macrumors 6502


    Aug 1, 2009
    Los Angeles
  3. macrumors 68020


    Jun 2, 2008
    hope we see aftermarket stereos with screens so you can plug your phone in and drive
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2008
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Apr 26, 2005
    I love it, just not sure about the "home button" at the bottom. Looks kind of ridiculous to carry this over from the iPhone. Plus (and this happens with my own car navigation), a button in the bottom center is easy to miss, especially while driving. If the finger touches slightly above, it moves the map instead.
  6. macrumors 65816


    Jul 10, 2008
    That's what the AppRadio 3 allows. Turns my iPhone 5 into a 7" touchscreen in my dash.

  7. macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2014
    Hey.. really nice interface to match iOS 7. The new one is a lot better though.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Dec 31, 2012
    Buffalo, NY
  9. macrumors 6502a

    Jul 23, 2011
    What's the model of that Pioneer?

    EDIT: Never mind...
  10. macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2013
    Should be on ios20 by the time I can afford a car that has an ios7 interface... depending on how difficult upgrading the OS will be
  11. macrumors regular

    Jul 10, 2013
    Please don't tell me you're actually enough of a sheep to buy an entire car for this as opposed to just buying a new stereo...
  12. AngerDanger, Jan 21, 2014
    Last edited: Jan 21, 2014

    macrumors 68020


    Dec 9, 2008
    I can't wait for people to play Angry Birds Go while driving. Especially since the controls are accelerometer-based.

  13. macrumors 6502a


    Apr 13, 2002
    Cold Spring Harbor, NY
    As an app developer that just released NewsBrain (myallo.com), which I hope will work well with iOS in the car, I wish we had more info on making compatible apps.

    I'm thinking if you make an app that follows what many music apps do, you might be good. My app, an RSS reader that reads the news aloud, has touch controls like tap and swipe - I think iOS in the car screens will have touch? The audio goes through Bluetooth and AirPlay, and it obeys the audio remote controls, play/pause, fast forward etc., which seems obvious. And the screen works in landscape since I think iOS in the car will tend to be that, and it also puts article images on the lock screen like music apps do with album covers, in case that is a mechanism for putting info on the car screen.

    Any other rumors/info on making iOS in the Car compatible apps?
  14. macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2012
    looks like any modern UI, which is a good thing and nothing wrong with that, but people will still says it look like android.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Jan 27, 2008
    Let's just hope you can use Google Maps OR Apple Maps... Hate to see them lock in their own map as default again.
  16. macrumors 6502a


    Aug 5, 2012
  17. macrumors 65816

    Nov 15, 2010
    I thought Honda was trying to implement their own solution? I read an article here not too long ago that they released their own apps. I hope that Honda adopts iOS in the Car instead though...
  18. macrumors G4

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    I haven't done a lick of research, but IIRC BMW specially said it WAS NOT going to incorporate iOS in the Car in 2014 or near future because of its planning requirements. For the time being it will use Siri Eyes instead.
  19. macrumors G5


    May 2, 2002
    I tried to hold onto my old car long enough for this! I love the idea of having navigation and communication driven by iOS but with a bigger, built-in screen. (Just don't ask me to control things like climate from a touchscreen. Please.)

    Meanwhile, a dash-mount iPhone plus steering wheel controls isn't half bad for now.
  20. macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2010
    macrumors apparently
  21. macrumors 68020


    May 28, 2009
    Montreal, Canada
    The new design is more functionnal as it allows more vertical space which was lacking in the original design.

    However, what's up with the graphical quality of maps? It looks all blurry and glitched. I hope that's only because it didn't finish streaming.

    I also wonder what that thing that looks like a spinning wheel at the top-left corner is. The fact it's a full circle makes it look more like a button than a loading indicator.
  22. macrumors 6502

    Mar 9, 2007
    Just put an iPad mount in the car.

    I don't need embedded toys that are outdated in a couple of years.

    My car came with a cassette player for example. :)
  23. macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2011
    Gramps, what the hell am I paying you for?
    I don't know about the rest of you, but I don't want any leaks in my car.
  24. macrumors 6502a

    Wow, are you on the wrong website?

    Why even judge people for what they'd like to buy anyway? Shhhh.
  25. macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2011
    Gramps, what the hell am I paying you for?
    I, for one, don't understand why someone would want to go out and buy an entire car just to have iOS built into the dash, when they could take any old car and duct tape an iPad to the windshield.

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