First demos of how iOS for cars will work have popped up on Youtube. Using the iPhone simulator and iOS 7.0.3 and 7.1 beta, two developers are showing us the functionality of the iOS system when installed in a car.
“iOS in the Car” will launch in 2014 and Apple already announced that is working with BMW, Audi, Chrysler, General Motors, Jaguar, Land Rover, Mercedes-Benz, and Toyota to implement Siri Eyes Free features.
Here is a description of what you see in the videos below:
- Supports Multiple Resolutions
- Supports touchscreens (presumably single-touch?), hardware buttons, wheels and touchpads
- Does not support multitasking – car display will always show same current on-screen app as iPhone (which can be locked/asleep)
- Whitelisted to specific Apple apps – no public API for developers [yet?]
- Has no keyboard UI – voice recognition as input
- UI clearly subject to change
- Missing functionality in video is due to iOS Simulator not containing all the stock iOS apps
“iOS in the Car” aims is to provide direct access to iOS device functionality, control, and usage, directly via the manufacturers native in-car control systems.
Integration is aimed for several functions that iOS devices currently incorporate, these include:
- Siri: Eyes Free mode – for eyes-free and hands-free operation
- Satellite navigation (Satnav)
- Telephony instruction and control
- Music control
- iMessage control and response
BMW initially announced they were not going to include the functionality, but later back-pedaled changing their position to possibly introducing the standard to their vehicles.