After a very slow first year, Apple’s in-dash software is picking up pace.
It looks like Apple’s CarPlay in-dash connectivity is finally coming together. Apple’s Tim Cook announced that every major automobile manufacturer is now committed to deliver vehicles that feature CarPlay in their future vehicles.
Apply CarPlay is software that is installed in the infotainment system of a car that allows the connected iPhone to take over the dashboard display and replaces it with a simplified version of Apple’s iOS 8. CarPlay allows the user to interact with the audio and audio-streaming services, messages, maps and even the phone functions of their iPhone while locking the driver out of more distracting apps and functions that’s not directly related to driving the vehicle.
iPhone users spent most of last year, wondering why CarPlay didn’t hit the road but the wait has finally come to an end. According to Apple, there will be “more than 40 new models” of vehicles that will ship with CarPlay enabled dashboard by the end of this year. In addition to the aftermarket receivers from Pioneer or Alpine, CarPlay can be installed in many current models without buying a new car just for the software.
Apple CarPlay will be compatible will all the major automotive makes such as Audi, BMW, Ford, Nissan, Opel, Volkswagen and Volvo to name a few. The iPhones that are supported is from the iPhone 5, through to the iPhone 6 plus.
There are also a wide range of apps that are supported by your iPhone such as Podcasts, Beats Music, Stitcher and Spotify to name a few.