Rumors have been circulating for years about a possible entry of Apple into the automotive world, via an autonomous car stamped with Apple. But for the moment, its only foray into the industry is limited to the CarPlay system, which makes it possible to duplicate on the screen of a compatible car certain applications installed on an iPhone, mainly those related to music, telephony, messaging or GPS navigation.
However, this will change in the coming months, since the new version of the software, unveiled on Wednesday June 8, will go much further. Embedded in the iOS 16 operating system, it will no longer be content to play the role of “mirror” between the smartphone and the multimedia screen: on compatible models, it will also replace the content of the digital instrument cluster.
A 100% Apple interface
Thanks to access to car data, Apple CarPlay can replace the manufacturer’s interface with a complete and customizable environment, displaying information such as speed, gear engaged, range or outside temperature. Users will also have the choice between different design themes, and will be able to install additional widgets such as weather, music or navigation directly on the dashboard.
With this development of its automotive software, Apple hopes to catch up with its rival Google, whose Android Automotive OS application system is already natively present on models from Volvo and Renault, among other manufacturers.
The Cupertino company has partnered with several manufacturers, including Audi, Ford, Honda, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Porsche. But to experience the prowess of the new CarPlay, you will have to take your troubles patiently, since the first compatible vehicles will not arrive before the end of 2023.