Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Apple Launches iOS In The Car

As of March 2014, Apple has finally announced its 'iOS in the car' project that has been rumored about for quite a few years. The project goes by the name of Apple CarPlay.

Apple CarPlay is a system that wires your iPhone apps with your car's digital system allowing you to have easier access to control all of your phone while traveling. The basic idea of CarPlay is allowing you to use your iPhone functions like maps, receiving phone calls, and incoming texts more easily. No more glancing down at your cellphone while at the wheel trying to read directions. Everything will be controlled by Siri so you won't have to take your hands off the wheel. Only the iPhone 5S, 5C and the iPhone 5 will be compatible along with all new iPhones that will be soon to come.

CarPlay allows you to use your iPhone's messaging by reading your text messages aloud, play your iTunes music and navigate more efficiently using Apple Maps through a better display screen. It's safer, easier and more convenient while driving. CarPlay already has many confirmed apps which feature, Beat Radio, Spotify, iHeartRadio and Stitcher. Many more options will become available in time as we see this new technology arise later this year.

The only down side to all this is that CarPlay is not a driverless system! You can not command Siri to drive you home.

CarPlay will be used three ways; through Siri, using a touchscreen built into your car or using the car's physical buttons and/or controls. Currently, there are no cars with CarPlay on the road at this time, but they are hitting the streets later this year with models from Honda, Jaguar, Kia and Volvo, including many more companies that have already committed to supporting the CarPlay platform.

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