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Apple introduces CarPlay infotainment system

Apple CarPlay infotainment system official page the best iPhone experience on four wheels
Apple CarPlay infotainment system
Apple's new system makes it easier and safer to use the iPhone while in a car via the car’s native interface or thanks to the steering wheel buttons which activate Siri without distraction.
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Apple revealed CarPlay this Monday, a system that is already being implemented by multiple leading auto manufacturers in their vehicles shipping in 2014 and will be shown at the Geneva International Motor Show starting tomorrow. This infotainment system provides a "smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car" and the official product page describes it as "the best iPhone experience on four wheels." 

In fact, Apple announced CarPlay at WWDC last year, but using the "iOS in the Car" name. The system allows control of the iPhone via the dash display and uses modes specially designed for the stock apps such as Music, Maps, Phone, and Messages. The voice control button on the steering wheel activates Siri and helps interacting with the handset without taking the hands off the wheel or the eyes off the road.

This week, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo (please check the movie below) are showing the system in action at Geneva, while the list of manufacturers that will bring CarPlay to their vehicles is very generous and consists of the following: BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp.

According to the official press release, CarPlay "is available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lightning-enabled iPhones, including iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5."

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In my early school days, I hated writing and having to make up stories. A decade later, I started to enjoy it. Since then, I published a few offline articles and then I moved to the online space, where I contributed to major websites that are still present online as of 2021 such as Softpedia, Brothersoft, Download3000, but I also wrote for multiple blogs that have disappeared over the years. I've been riding with the Notebookcheck crew since 2013 and I am not planning to leave it anytime soon. In love with good mechanical keyboards, vinyl and tape sound, but also smartphones, streaming services, and digital art.
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Codrut Nistor, 2014-03- 5 (Update: 2021-05-18)