Apple's iOS 7 Ready for the Car


Today, Apple introduced a new operating system for its popular mobile devices, including the iPhone and iPad.

It's called iOS 7 and will be available to download this fall. The new operating system features a number of design changes to the devices' interface. It also adds a new application that will let an iPhone5 display a few essential functions through a car's multimedia system.


On its website, Apple says this of the new technology: "iOS in the Car seamlessly integrates your iOS device — and the iOS experience — with your in-dash system. If your vehicle is equipped with iOS in the Car, you can connect your iPhone 5 and interact with it using the car's built-in display and controls or Siri Eyes Free. Now you can easily and safely make phone calls, access your music, send and receive messages, get directions and more. It's all designed to let iPhone focus on what you need, so you can focus on the road."


"Text messages appear right on your car's display. Siri can read them to you while you listen over your car's speakers. And to reply, just dictate to Siri."

Apple is looking to streamline smartphone use in the car and working with at least a dozen automakers, including Acura, Honda, Infiniti, Nissan, Chevrolet, Mercedes-Benz, Kia, Hyundai, Volvo, Ferrari and Jaguar.

When synced with a compatible vehicle, iOS 7 displays a car-specific group of screens for users. The familiar index pages of app tiles aren't shown. Instead a new screen highlighting four main functions — maps, phone, music and messaging — is the homepage.


"Use your car's onboard controls for your music, including iTunes Radio, audiobooks, podcasts, third-party audio apps and more."

It's unknown which vehicles will be ready for this system by fall, but Apple used the screen from Chevy's tiny Spark in its keynote presentation. We tested the Spark's ability to port a third-party iPhone navigation app when the car debuted, but it did not look or feel as polished as the native iPhone Map app or Google's Map app.

Other automakers gave further details. "We look forward to bringing iOS in-car integration to our lineup next year. With enhanced in-car integration, users will be able to interact using their voice with Siri or the car's built-in controls to make phone calls, access their music, send and receive messages and get directions," Acura spokesman Chuck Schifsky told He also said both Honda and Acura vehicles supporting iOS 7 technology won't be available until 2014.

Hyundai released a nearly identical statement and confirmed availability will begin in in 2014.


"Commute summary: iOS in the Car knows when you're leaving home for work — or vice versa — and displays traffic conditions and your ETA."

We'll have more about this technology in the coming months. For now, tell us in the comment section below if you think this is the future of in-car multimedia, or will automakers want to use their own systems?

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By David Thomas | June 10, 2013 | Comments (13)



It's nice to see dashboard dashboard technology catching up, but frankly, until I see some bluetooth integration with my Android phone, I'm not really interested.


Are they really working with the supplier of the radio (LG Electronics) for the Chevy Sonic screenshot above or those are just simulated images?

Busy Bee

I hope BMW adds this-otherwise, I'm not renewing my lease!


I will not buy a car without this!


Absolutely horrible news, this is coming from a company whose map system is so poor that people were being stranded in australia and the police requested people NOT to use it:

I would NOT buy any car with this software on board.


My next car MUST have IOS integration. I'm a salesman using Apple maps every day. It's not perfect, but it's really really good and way more productive than the next guy because I use all the advantages the the Iphone affords me.



The same goes for Google map for that specific location.
It is a wide known fact by tech savy people...


Once I installed Navigon on my iPhone, it replaced almost all the technology in my vehicles. I have gone out of my way to find cars without NAV etc. because they are so unbelievably awkward and redundant, and I have delayed upgrading my vehicles because I knew integration with my iPhone was inevitable because it is so clearly superior. I love to drive BMWs and would like to own a new model, but iDrive is an abomination only an engineer can love; the vast capability is drowned by complexity that is truly the antithesis of an ultimate driving machine and, with an iPhone in my pocket, was sadly obsolete even before the programmers started banging out code. Car companies will never, ever be able to compete with Apple and Google in the mobile data and GUI space. The winners will be those who focus most on their core competencies and embrace any effort to cooperate in areas they have no hope to match. The rest will adopt clunky technology, lose out on sales, and experience higher levels of depreciation. Differentiate on the cost, aesthetics, innovation and performance of the vehicle. The battle for the proprietary navigation package is already lost.


Have you seen this beautiful bug on "Commute summary" image?
It's 9:41 (see time on the lower right), and you are supposed to arrive to work at... 9:41 !


so why cant they just make a app that does this instead of buying a whole damn car?....miceosoft has it where if you turn your bluetooth to your car it starts reading your text and you can reply extremely easy

The best car dashboard already exists...


FYI - for those wondering if these are mock-ups or not. Yes they are. On the Chevy Sonic at least, the actual screens fit the UI of the MyLink radio, and don't look like the IOS7-looking screens shown here.

The Audi Bluetooth in car Wi-Fi is specially designed to handle tower transfers at high speeds, this is necessary as a car is traveling down a motorway.

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