Apple has announced CarPlay, a new way to pair your iPhone with your car. Coming later this year, it features apps ‘re-imagined, so you can use them while your eyes and hands stay where they belong.’
Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are first in line to use CarPlay, and will be shown at this year’s Geneva motor show. Apple’s iOS apps will be redesigned for CarPlay, and a small number of other popular apps have also pledged to release CarPlay versions including Beats Radio, Spotify and Stitcher.
Siri will be heavily used in CarPlay, as voice control is ideal for hands-free use of apps. Touchscreen control will be available where cars have the feature, and CarPlay will also work with ‘knobs, dials, or buttons’ in your car.
Unlike today, CarPlay will mean iOS software will be built in to cars. Maps are an obvious useful driving aid, and you’ll also be able to listen to music and watch films. It’s not clear yet whether you’ll be able to use navigation in the front while a film is shown to the passengers. It will be compatible with iPhone 5, 5c and 5s devices, but not iPod Touch or iPads.