Apple Launches New "CarPlay" A Smarter, Safer Way To Use Your iPhone In The Car

We've been hearing many reports and rumors saying that Apple is working on bringing iOS to the cars like Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Ferrari and more... Today at the Geneva Motor Show. It’s officially calling the offering ‘CarPlay,’ and is advertising the feature as a smarter, safer and more fun way to use your iPhone while in the car.
After reading the press release note, CarPlay will do what we all expected to do.. Users will be able to control it through their car’s native interface, or by activating Siri via the voice control button on their steering wheel…
So how does CarPlay work ? Simply when connecting your iPhone to a CarPlay-supported vehicle, its user will be able to easily access contacts, make and receive calls and listen to voicemails. They’ll also be able to have their messages read aloud, and dictate a response to them.

Additionally, CarPlay enables users to access a range of other apps including Maps, Podcasts and various iTunes elements like audiobooks and iTunes. It also supports third-party music (i.e. Spotify, Pandora, etc.) and sports broadcasting apps.

From Apple’s press release:
“GENEVA―March 3, 2014―Apple® today announced that leading auto manufacturers are rolling out CarPlay, the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone® in the car. CarPlay gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can easily control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri® without distraction.
“CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s vice president of iPhone and iOS Product Marketing. “iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction. We have an amazing lineup of auto partners rolling out CarPlay, and we’re thrilled it will make its debut this week in Geneva.”
What cars will CarPlay work on ? As we said above, CarPlay will support the following cars: Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Ford, BMW, Dodge, Land Rover and more cars....

Here's some screenshots for CarPlay:

Apple says that CarPlay is available as an iOS 7 update, but doesn’t mention a firmware version or timeframe—at the time of this writing, there’s no update available. It’s believed that iOS 7.1—currently in its 5th beta—will launch in mid-March.


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