In a move that will likely forever change the relationship between handheld wireless devices and automotive infotainment systems, reports say that Apple is working closely with multiple automakers to integrate its iOS Maps and Siri voice-activated systems seamlessly into vehicles. According to those familiar with the plans, Apple is designing updated versions of center consoles that allow iOS devices (like the iPhone or iPad) to be plugged directly into the vehicle. When initiated, the vehicle's built-in display becomes the iOS interface – with direct access to Apple Maps and other Siri-enabled services. Future plans may include even deeper interaction, with the Apple device assisting with realtime vehicle diagnostics.

This isn't the the first time Apple's name has come up on the pages of Autoblog, as it has been synonymous with the industry for years. The technology giant has not only admitted that it once considered making its own car, but it has integrated iPod/iPad devices into vehicles, replaced owner's manuals and supported specialized vehicle apps for countless brands. But this latest news is much more aggressive, as it shows that Apple isn't just interested supplying aftermarket solutions, but embedding itself into the industry as it seeks to replace OEM equipment.


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      SteveM
      • 1 Year Ago
      Call me old-school, but seriously, a simple dash interface works so much better than anything touch-screen. It's like technology continually gets shoved down our throat. So it will break easier, become obsolete sooner, and drive up the cost of any car it's in... enough already. And one more benefit, it will be unreadable in certain lighting conditions. Nope, I prefer knobs and physical buttons... they work better with gloves on (New England Winters) and are sure easy to use from one car to the next. One more thing, if I had to chose an OS for a mobile environment, it sure wouldn't be iOS. Has anyone else ever gotten the low or high temperature warning from their iPhone or other iOS device? I have... Just imagine that when all you want to do is crank up the A/C. Rant Complete - and believe it or not I've been working in IT for 20 years... this is what we call technology simply for technology's sake, not as a practical application to fix or solve a problem.
      basiq
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yet another attempt by Apple to monopolize a market segment. As a consumer I want a choice. My BMW already puts non Apple customers at a disadvantage by not providing similar ways to connect - a major turnoff. It\'s time everybody else (Google and Microsoft) get their act together to standardize their hardware. Micro-USB was a start, size needs to follow. Provide a standard adapter to car makers and off you go. Otherwise the tail will continue to wag the dog.
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Terrible, terrible, terrible idea. Just like the elimination of FM radio. I will NOT purchase a car with iOS built into the entertainment system, just like I would NOT buy a car with Android built in. I do not want phone style software built into my car. I dont need apps or any of that crap. Give me a nice, sleek, integrated touchscreen navigation unit (HINT: Google Maps and Apple Maps are not this!), with perhaps some options for traffic and weather. I don't need to check my stocks on my car, check out the local sports scores, or any of that crap. Don't force my car to be my phone, or else you will NOT sell me that car.
      thedriveatfive
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good for BMW drivers... but I prefer android..
      Awhattup
      • 1 Year Ago
      Annddddd..... the car gets this option iOS for $500
      hebertd106
      • 1 Year Ago
      No thank you!
      Tiberius1701
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh no you don\'t.
      rcavaretti
      • 1 Year Ago
      With portable devices everywhere, do you really need any built-in software or much hardware for that matter. Besides, one less thing to get broken in for.
      • 1 Year Ago
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        Gorgenapper
        • 1 Year Ago
        Completely made sense. Thank you for the lucid explanation. Life. Enhanced!
        Bobby Robinson
        • 1 Year Ago
        Oh look... I can do it too... من فکر نمی کنم این ایده خوبی است، من ضربه، به نظر می رسد به سال های بسیاری از حدس و گمان، کیا CLS تا در نهایت در ایالات متحده Coast.Although وارد ورق فلزی جدید است، ایده پشت آن نیست -CLS، اولین تلاش سازنده ماشین کره جنوبی برای افزایش بیش از کار کارخانه مونتاژ در کانزاس سیتی برای پاسخگویی به تقاضای رو به رشد برای تمام سایز وانت و مرز preparationcross محصولات است. خودروساز نیز 110 میلیون دلار سرمایه گذاری در دلار آمریکا، من فکر نمی کنم آن است که یک ایده خوب این است، من ضربه، به نظر می رسد به سال های بسیاری از حدس و گمان، کیا CLS در نهایت در سواحل ایالات متحده وارد شده است. هر چند ورق فلز جدید، ایده پشت آن است نه - CLS اولین تلاش سازنده ماشین کره جنوبی را به افزایش بیش از کار در کانزاس سیتی کارخانه مونتاژ به پاسخگویی به تقاضای رو به رشد برای تمام سایز وانت و صلیب آماده سازی است مرز تولید کالا. خودروساز نیز 110 میلیون دلار سرمایه گذاری در دلار آمریکا، من فکر نمی کنم آن است که یک ایده خوب این است، من ضربه، به نظر می رسد به سال های بسیاری از حدس و گمان، کیا CLS در نهایت در سواحل ایالات متحده وارد شده است. هر چند ورق فلز جدید، ایده پشت آن است نه - CLS اولین تلاش سازنده ماشین کره جنوبی را به افزایش بیش از کار در کانزاس سیتی کارخانه مونتاژ به پاسخگویی به تقاضای رو به رشد برای تمام سایز وانت و صلیب آماده سازی است مرز تولید کالا. خودروساز نیز 110 میلیون دلار سرمایه گذاری در دلار آمریکا
        Tiberius1701
        • 1 Year Ago
        什麼是必須做的大米價格?(輕度種族笑話意)
          Tiberius1701
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Tiberius1701
          It was supposed to say (in Chinese) And what does that have to do with the price of rice in China??
      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I would prefer Android over Apple, but honestly, as long as we get a standard across several makes, I really don't care which one wins. I just don't like each manufacturer trying to reinvent the wheel with every new generation of touch this and wireless that. You guys build cars, let other companies build computers.
        Drakkon
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Drakkon
        Or a dual-boot system. Native client that runs the normal stuff without needing a phone or connectivity, plus a system that senses iOS or Android and mimics that for the features, connectivity and cross-function.
      RudyH
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yes because iOS maps have been great so far... I'll stick to QNX
      McHoffa
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd much rather see automakers come together on an open source interface and sdk that iOS or Android (or windows phone for that matter) could interface with... then, all you'd have to do is buy a car, and then plug in your iPhone, iPad, Galaxy, Nexus, etc and it would become the interface for everything about your car. It could be your music, navigation, fuel gauge, speedo, etc, etc all in one. Your phone could also be your key fob, your settings for the driver's seat and your garage door opener. It could show how much gas you have left so that when you wake up you know if you need to go to the gas station (or how much charge left if you have electric). Everything could be centralized to your devices and not be dependent on which OS you prefer... I'm deep in Apple's ecosystem myself, but many others aren't, and I don't think any car should only be available to one group, but at the same time, the current OEM infotainment systems all have terrible interfaces and automakers really do need to let the pros take over the UI iOS or Android would be a million times better than what is in any car today...
        Kip
        • 1 Year Ago
        @McHoffa
        "then, all you'd have to do is buy a car, and then plug in your iPhone, iPad, Galaxy, Nexus, etc and it would become the interface for everything about your car. " And now all I need to do is steal your iPhone, iPad, Galaxy, Nexus, or whatever other small, portable, easily stealable device you're using to take your car. Alternatively, what happens when you drop and break your phone/device or download that latest and greatest app that freezes/bricks your phone? How do you drive?
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