Early build of 'iOS in the Car' shown in video

Alongside the announcement of iOS 7 this summer, Apple announced an interface for select cars accessible through connecting your iPhone with your vehicle. In the preview, they showed some screenshots and spoke of basic functionality and now a developer has managed to uncover the hidden interface within the iOS SDK simulator and demo it in video for the first time.

Steven Troughton-Smith posted the video on youtube today, which shows the software within iOS 7.0.3. It has not been enabled by Apple yet, and from the state of the interface, as well as the version of iOS it has been found in, we can assume it's an early build, and far from release.

In fact, another developer posted a screenshot of the same feature in iOS 7.1 beta, presenting a heavily tweaked version of the software - there is no video of this, however.

iOS in the Car, when made public, will allow drivers to use Siri to navigate, read messages or play music. The car's display becomes a sat-nav system powered by Apple Maps, or can show album artwork, notifications and more. In addition, it will show call status with large buttons to prevent drivers getting too distracted from the road.

While acceptable in the US, there is still much controversy over the reliability and usefulness of Apple maps internationally, so this feature may come under some heat if navigation is inaccurate. Improvements may come in iOS 8, but the 'in the Car' features are set to be launched before such tweaks when Apple release iOS 7.1 later this year.

Source: Steven Troughton-Smith

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Still another distraction from driving. What ever happened to keeping both eyes on the road and both hands on the steering wheel? Obviously gone.

TsarNikky said,
Still another distraction from driving. What ever happened to keeping both eyes on the road and both hands on the steering wheel? Obviously gone.

Agreed. I'd rather see better voice control and for the love of god it needs to be offline. Most of the time my signal is rubbish in the car and I can't use Siri because it needs the internet.

Everyone should just be able to plug their phone into their cars screen and use it as they wish. I shouldn't be locked into one type of service. today I may have an iPhone but when my plan renews I may get a windows phone making my car compatibility useless.

startechstudios said,
Everyone should just be able to plug their phone into their cars screen and use it as they wish. I shouldn't be locked into one type of service. today I may have an iPhone but when my plan renews I may get a windows phone making my car compatibility useless.

Yes, most of us have cars for longer periods of time than our phones It would be pretty sucky to have to upgrade your phone to one compatible with your car hehehe.

I'm not as excited for new Apple products as I was 2 or 3 years ago I was an avid iOS user in the past, owned many iPhones, I have a rMBP and I love this laptop, but seriously? This "iOS in the car" thing looks... boring. (as boring as iOS is now. Yes I said it)


It is boring unless you're a car nerd or something, which is probably why everyone has seemingly forgotten that this was actually announced at WWDC in June last year.

So is this pretty much the same thing as the Android car mode/dock that makes your phone into more or less a GPS interface, but can do like hands free calls and such?

firey said,
So is this pretty much the same thing as the Android car mode/dock that makes your phone into more or less a GPS interface, but can do like hands free calls and such?

Sure? What does that have to do with anything?

It has to do with the fact this is about Apple doing a car thing in iOS. So I was inquiring as to whether or not it was the same thing. That's what is has to do with anything.

Common sense would say that it's similar, but not the same... Smart phones have been interfacing with cars for many years now, so honestly who cares what Android is doing, as this isn't about them...

To me it sounds like you're implying that because Apple wasn't the first in the world to do this, that it demeans its significance.

Astra.Xtreme said,
Common sense would say that it's similar, but not the same... Smart phones have been interfacing with cars for many years now, so honestly who cares what Android is doing, as this isn't about them...

To me it sounds like you're implying that because Apple wasn't the first in the world to do this, that it demeans its significance.


No he's thinking ahead to the announcement where apple will once again claim (incorrectly I might add) they invented something that already exists

SharpGreen said,

No he's thinking ahead to the announcement where apple will once again claim (incorrectly I might add) they invented something that already exists

I'd love to see some proof of that...
Contrary to Apple-hater belief, they don't make claims like that in general terms...

Cool idea, let the phone do most of the work!

There have been a few times I wished that Sync used the Nokia Maps app from my Lumia 920. Traffic is more accurate on my Lumia and the maps are more current (no SD card required).

To be perfectly honest I don't think iOS should be integrated into vehicles, that being said I'm a little against any OS being built in. I mean, you buy a $35k to even $80k vehicle but you can't use your phone because its not iPhone. It's silly. You also then have to either tether your phone to the car for data or buy a separate SIM and pay more for the car's data.

Your phone has all the features you could ever need, they should make a standard communications protocol in which the in car system (ICS) receives information from the owners device and also sends info back such as temps, speed, service information etc etc. This can then be processed by the device and displayed accordingly.

Much better, then any device can access and control the cars smart systems, as long as it has the smartware app installed. Be it Blackberry, Android, Meego, WindowsPhone, FirefoxOS, iOS, heck even OSX and Win8/RT

Too much corporate greed and monopoly, not enough drive for humanity.

Cars last about 20 years, you seriously think that you want to be stuck with an iPhone for 20 years? That Apple (or Company X) will support your phone/car combination for 20+ years before it becomes obsolete and you have to buy the next model car for another $50k bucks?

Auzeras said,
Your phone has all the features you could ever need, they should make a standard communications protocol in which the in car system (ICS) receives information from the owners device and also sends info back such as temps, speed, service information etc etc. This can then be processed by the device and displayed accordingly.

Much better, then any device can access and control the cars smart systems, as long as it has the smartware app installed. Be it Blackberry, Android, Meego, WindowsPhone, FirefoxOS, iOS, heck even OSX and Win8/RT


Good post. I completely agree!

Exactly what I was thinking. Don't they learn from their failures? FIAT did this with Windows and it didn't work out (Microsoft Blue&Me).

Bluetooth: "While Bluetooth technology is prevalent in devices that need to transfer small amounts of data, the technology's limitations have prevented it from becoming the de-facto wireless technology" - slow transfer rate, interference, distance limitations

I completely agree with the primary post above. One thing that came to mind though is, can miracast support touchscreen monitors? Cause then you can just mirror your android phone (and hopefully windows phone 8.1) to the screen and control everything like that. Then, in theory, your tech will follow you and you wont have to be limited by your car tech.

There is a lot that needs to be ironed out, but I was just thinking of that =).

NathanLiu said,
Siri reads them to you, it only shows a notification on the car's screen.
My nearly 3 year old Mytouch 4G Slide, when Car Mode is enabled, reads texts and emails to me and allows dictation to respond or send new messages. Works perfectly, and is especially convenient when paired with an auto system that uses Bluetooth to connect to the phone.

which is why i think ios would be a flop for auto makers. they want to be able to customize the look of their displays, so ios won't do at all... unless you buy an icar or something

Buttus said,
which is why i think ios would be a flop for auto makers. they want to be able to customize the look of their displays, so ios won't do at all... unless you buy an icar or something

There are still plenty of Apple fans out there who like the iOS look. Carmakers would be foolish not to include at least one iOS-powered car in their line-up.

Microsoft should really look towards Windows Embedded for similar experiences. It would also fit in their 'one OS' vision. In the end most people will have a 'personal computer' whether its a Phone or tablet that docks into desktop-stations and also other docks like a car-dock. It would be a shame to miss out on this.

Ronnet said,
.....

I believe it's called Windows Automotive which is a custom ebedded release already in use by some auto manufacturers.

If you look at press releases over the last year, there will be luxury brands with iOS in-dash, others with Windows Automotive, and some have even partnered to put Android in the dash.

Sadly my preferred auto maker isn't using my preferred software company.

Buttus said,
which is why i think ios would be a flop for auto makers. they want to be able to customize the look of their displays, so ios won't do at all... unless you buy an icar or something

The automakers will cave, just like the carriers did. People will go nuts for this just because it's Apple. Doesn't matter if you hate or love Apple, when it comes to marketing and drawing people in, you cannot deny Apple are the masters.

Ronnet said,

There are still plenty of Apple fans out there who like the iOS look. Carmakers would be foolish not to include at least one iOS-powered car in their line-up.

Microsoft should really look towards Windows Embedded for similar experiences. It would also fit in their 'one OS' vision. In the end most people will have a 'personal computer' whether its a Phone or tablet that docks into desktop-stations and also other docks like a car-dock. It would be a shame to miss out on this.

This is what Sync in some Ford vehicles is - a friend owns a car with it - it was odd seeing Microsoft's logo inside a car...

But it's comparable to Windows Mobile back in the day. Microsoft isn't really investing in it. They might have a reasonable marketshare because they are unchallenged but I'm sure in a few years time it will be a very different market.

Microsoft should look towards creating a docking format that is universal. Something that allows daily drivers to dock both with wire and wirelessly to various tools. So it reallly becomes one OS for everything in your life.

Romero said,
Wow. I've started looking at my car in a whole new way. Mind blown.

If only I could say the same of these comments.