Apple’s ‘iOS In The Car’ Launches Next Week

News about Apple’s “iOS in the Car” has been all over the place for a couple of months. Now, for anyone who has been eagerly waiting to be able to take Siri along on their travels wont have to wait much longer at all. A report in the Financial Times tells us that iOS in the Car is going to be launching next week at the Geneva Motor Show. The Financial Times says that Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo are going to be partnering up with Apple in this ordeal and showing off the new system.

The Financial Times said “The choice of the Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz is seen to be in keeping with the U.S. tech group’s high-end phones”. When the new system from Apple is finally shown, it will be the first time ever that Apple software is used on something that isn’t made by the company itself.

Back in February, Apple had a “secret” meeting with executives from Tesla, and there were rumors at the time that Apple was going to be buying the company. As of right now, that does not seem to be the case at all. Apple is looking pretty content with partnering with other automobile manufacturers rather than setting up their own car production company.

There have been a few developer leaks that give us a pretty good idea of how iOS will be working in a car’s dashboard. The control system will be stripped down so that it will be more clear on displays of any size, and everything will be controlled by Siri so that you won’t have to take your hands off the wheel to tap a screen. It is said that the launch of iOS in the Car will be around the same time that Apple launches iOS 7.1. Apple has said that it was aiming for a March release for the update.

Back in June 2013 at Apple’s World Wide Developers Conference in San Francisco is when we first heard about iOS in the Car. They announced that they would be working with Acura, Infiniti, Jaguar, Kia, Opel, Nissan, Honda, Chevrolet and Hyundai as well as Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo like the Financial Times said.

Google has their own plans for making an Android based in-car system as well, and car companies aren’t choosing any sides in the battle to take over the new “smartcar” market. The battle will continue to rage on and keep the headlines filled through the rest of the year, but it looks like Apple is getting a very big head start.

Source: Financial Times

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