At its March 2015 Special Event, consumer technology giant Apple Inc. announced that more than 40 new cars will gain Apple CarPlay support in 2015. Apple CarPlay is an iPhone-integration software that was first introduced as ‘iOS in the Car’ at the Apple Worldwide Developer’s Conference (WWDC) in June 2013 and re-branded later to ‘Apple CarPlay’ during public launch at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show.
The iPhone-integration software allows pairing Apple iPhone 5 and later versions to an Apple CarPlay-enabled car infotainment system. iOS 7.1 or later is a prerequisite though. Users can access selected important apps useful while driving like calling, music, maps, podcasts, spotify, etc. through the in-dash system and drive with more concentration.
Apple is providing the CarPlay feature directly through car manufacturers as a factory-fitted feature and also with aftermarket Audio-Video entertainment and infotainment system manufacturers like Pioneer, Kenwood and Alpine. Of course, having the feature factory-fitted on the standard infotainment system is what customers usually prefer. But currently, only selected cars offer this feature. The Ferrari FF was the car with which Apple CarPlay debuted in the market in September 2014. Ferrari California T and 2015 Hyundai Sonata also have this feature.
Currently, the following automakers have committed to offer the iPhone-integration in their models:
- Alfa Romeo
- BMW Group
- Land Rover
- Mitsubishi Motors
Some of the popular cars likely to get the iPhone-integration feature later this year include the Chevrolet Volt, the Audi Q7, DS 5, Mercedes-Benz C-Class, Peugeot 208 and the Volvo XC90.