Today at Apple's 2013 Worldwide Developer's Conference, the House That Jobs built debuted iOS in the Car, an upcoming feature for iOS devices that mirrors what your iPhone can do on your car's in-dash screen. A perfect port of your iPhone's screen wouldn't work, since its dimensions don't match those of most in-dash screens, so what you'll see, according to the demos shown by Apple on stage, is something like an auto-optimized version of the iPhone's new operating system, iOS 7.

Apple says that 95 percent of vehicles sold today are already able to work directly with iOS devices for music and playback control, but iOS in the Car will expand that functionality to also include phone calls, maps/directions, and sending and receiving iMessages using your vehicle's screen or eyes- and hands-free using Siri. It's basically Apple making a move to replace the built-in hardware and software that came with your car, and makes us wonder how automakers will react to all those iPhone users circumventing the OEM's own full-featured infotainment and navigation systems in favor of mirroring Apple's.

We'll find out soon enough, as Apple already has a pretty big list of automakers on board to integrate iOS into their cars by 2014. The list includes Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Ferrari, Chevy, Infiniti, Kia, Hyundai, Volvo, Acura, Opel and Jaguar. To see what iOS in the Car looks like in action, scroll below to watch a clip from today's WWDC keynote.



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      Drakkon
      • 1 Year Ago
      I really want a chipset and GUI that is ready for whatever devise you bring: iOS, Android, Windows. Plug the devise in, the system recognizes it and all the functionality of your phone or phablet pulls in. Plus a 'radio' interface in the center stack and a display in the dash. Maybe if a tri-boot system is too much, then you have the dealer/stereo store install the correct OS at time of delivery.
      GTR
      • 1 Year Ago
      keep it
      Cruising
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aftermarket dash head unit screens are bound to pop up everywhere a few years after this hits the market provided Apple does not go after them but the market would be huge considering how many cars lack screens. Maybe Google can do something nifty with Glass if it ever catches on, place your specs on the dash securly somehow and you have a dash cam and Android interface on your car screen.
      ELG
      • 1 Year Ago
      horray, more Apple closed ecosystem proprietary walled gardens!
      mary.keana
      • 1 Year Ago
      bye bye Ford Stiync.
      vi_per
      • 1 Year Ago
      Uggg. Hate Apple
        tiguan2.0
        • 1 Year Ago
        @vi_per
        I'm sure Apple isn't writing an interface for your 8-track player in your car. You are safe.
      Papi L-Gee
      • 1 Year Ago
      "The list includes Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Ferrari, Chevy, Infiniti, Kia, Hyundai, Volvo, Acura, Opel and Jaguar." A list of cars for me not to even look at in the future?
      Mr Sled
      • 1 Year Ago
      Oh hell yeah!!! Finally an infotainment system that won't be terrible and laggy and crippled. I'm in!
      SahjyD
      • 1 Year Ago
      Good Job Apple!!! Finally something that Android has been left behind in. If successful this could actually be very lucrative for Apple.
      TooManyCars
      • 1 Year Ago
      Whohoo.. So now you'll be able to spend $100 for a sync cable instead of a standard USB cable... Good god... Can we stick with analog gauges and things like real knobs and buttons...Please?
        Blackstar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @TooManyCars
        Um..... no. Go back to the 60's while you till can. There's no place for you here in the future.
      Dixon Ticonderoga
      • 1 Year Ago
      This is dumb. Car companies, please stop optimizing your ICE systems for a particular OS. 1. It puts chunks of the look & feel of your interior in the hands of someone else 2. It alienates people who do not use that OS. The move should be to come up with a standard wireless interface and have the phone manufacturers get on board (and they will, because they won't want to be left out of that market). This is just backwards.
        Cayman
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Dixon Ticonderoga
        Unfortunately, automakers are terrible at coming up with a standard. That's why every car still comes with a cigarette lighter outlet for auxilary power despite cigarette lighters going away (for the most part) a decade+ ago.
      Jaclock LaGlock
      • 1 Year Ago
      Do not want.
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