Apple unveiled the latest version of its mobile operating system, iOS 7, yesterday and mobile fans have so far appeared delighted with the promised upgrades. However it’s not just phones that will benefit, as Apple has also announced iOS in the Car.
iOS in the Car allows motorists to use their in-car head units as giant iPhone displays. The system is designed to provide easy access to a number of key iPhone applications and functions via an interface optimised for motor vehicles. So far, Apple has confirmed iOS in the Car will allow users to play music, navigate with Maps, make phone calls and retrieve text messages all from their infotainment displays.
iOS in the Car will also incorporate Siri voice command functionality, so users can navigate their music libraries, enter destinations into iOS Maps, voice dial contacts in their phone books and dictate text message replies on the go.
Apple has confirmed a a host of big name manufacturers will release vehicles compatible with iOS in the car by 2014. So far, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Ferrari, Chevrolet, Infiniti, Kia, Hyundai, Volvo, Acura, Opel and Jaguar have committed to producing compatible infotainment systems.
How iOS in the Car will affect manufacturers’ plans for their own in-car infotainment systems remains to be seen. However it seems likely this latest development will force a number of companies in the industry to rethink their strategy on what cars, if any, have fully fledged infotainment setups and which are rolled out with simple (hopefully inexpensive) terminals that take advantage of iOS in the Car.
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