New iOS in the Car screenshots leaked

New iOS in the Car screenshots leaked

Summary: New screenshots of Apple's iOS in the car technology show a vastly different product that what Apple publicly displayed in June 2013.


iOS in the Car has the potential to be a huge development for Apple, extending the power of the iPhone and iPad to dashboards of millions of vehicles. Announced by Apple SVP Eddy Cue at WWDC 2013, iOS in the Car allows an iPhone to be connected to a vehicle so that iOS apps (like Maps and Phone) can be easily accessed from the touch screen built into your car's dashboard.

Describing it as the "best passenger ever," Apple explains it this way:

iOS in the Car seamlessly integrates your iOS device — and the iOS experience — with your in-dash system. If your vehicle is equipped with iOS in the Car, you can connect your iPhone 5 or later and interact with it using the car’s built-in display and controls or Siri Eyes Free. Now you can easily and safely make phone calls, access your music, send and receive messages, get directions, and more. It’s all designed to let iPhone focus on what you need, so you can focus on the road.

Numerous people use iPhones in their cars to make phone calls and for navigation (legally or otherwise) and a formal connection to a vehicle's dashboard would give the driver a larger, easier to use – and conceivable safer – user interface for the undeniably useful tools that iOS provides. I want it bad and iOS in the Car support will play a definite role in deciding the next vehicle that I purchase. 

At WWDC '13 Cue presented a slide that detailed iOS in the Car support by 12 manufacturers, including Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Ferrari, Chevrolet, Infinity, Kia, Hyundai, Volvo, Acura, Opel and Jaguar. BMW was notably absent, but has since come around. 

WWDC '13: Cue announces iOS in the Car support by 12 manufacturers - Jason O'Grady

Not much has been said officially about iOS in Car since WWDC in June, but new screenshots, leaked by developer Steven Troughton-Smith show that significant progress has been made. The screenshots below show the difference in the June interface (bottom) and something more recent (above):

Photos: MacRumors

In addition to the dramatic change in the Map overview screen (above), Troughton-Smith also Tweeted alleged screenshots of the Navigation UI:

... the Maps icon and iOS in the Car home screen:

... and its Safety Warning:

So, what can we learn from the new screenshots? Not a whole lot, other than the fact that development on iOS in the Car continues and that the interface is getting more refined.

Apple describes iOS in the Car as "Coming soon" on its website and hasn't said much publicly other than a statement by CEO Tim Cook that it's an "important part of the [Apple] ecosystem" and a "key focus."

The fact that Troughton-Smith was able to get screenshots of the updated UI suggests that Apple might be testing the new functionality with external developers, although its tough to deduce any substantive information about the timing of its release from the four new screenshots.

What's your take on iOS in the Car? Revolutionary or evolutionary?

Topic: Apple

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  • No vendor lock in, please

    If automakers want to offer such a thing, tying it to specific vendors and products would be a huge mistake.
    • Tell that to Ford

      Ford has taken a huge hit in their reliability and customer satisfaction scores by locking in to Microsoft--even though most buyers have no idea that Sync and My Ford Touch are cored by Windows.
      • I have one and it is horrible... with Microsoft at the wheel

        We need this new Apple IOS integration... it will cream Microsoft.
        George Kriza
        • Actually, when iOS gets installed in vehicles, it will be second class tech

          because, everybody else already has better stuff already in vehicles. iOS in cars will not be big sellers in cars, since cars are not kiddy tech, and it's the kiddies and impressionable young people who keep Apple alive. The kids can't buy cars, and most young people won't have the cash or credit to purchase a car equipped with the connectivity hardware and software.
      • The Ford sync thing?

        I've had no real problem with it. Cooperates with all our iGear pretty nicely.
      • Really? The two people I know with it said they had some issues

        early on, but Ford created and upgrade which they said did the trick.
        I've seen it work firsthand, and it does just fine.

        Most of the complaints you're likely talking about the Ford My Touch, which isn't as much Microsoft as it is Ford now, since 2009-2010. The original Ford Sync was well received and worked fine, but Ford started adding more on top of it, but also changed things.

        They also went to capacitor switches for control which really added to the problems.

        In all honesty, I think you may be directing your comments to the wrong entity, on this one.
      • You mean the big "Microsoft" label on your dashboard...

        ...isn't a clue that Windows (or at least some Microsoft technology) is a big part of that whole ecosystem?
      • You really need to stop talking out of your rear...

        Ford had been doing quite well with their sales, and it's also done quite well with their SYNC equipped vehicles. In fact, after comparing the technology in Ford vehicles against other makes, I decided to go with a Ford vehicle with SYNC in it.

        It's fantastically good technology, and I'm very happy with it in my Escape. I can sync any Android phone and iPhones too. The screenshots displayed in the article above, are still very far behind what Ford and MS SYNC already provide. Apple and iOS are, again, playing catch-up, and Apple needs to get something innovative in order to remain relevant. It's car technology for connectivity will be an "also-ran" when it comes out, and when it comes out, it will be outdated, since SYNC will have been upgraded and improved, and Android equipped vehicles will also be one or two steps ahead of iOS. What was mentioned in the article above that iOS will provide, is already working in Ford vehicles with SYNC, so, even the writer above is out of date with his knowledge of what is already out there.
        • You should try one...

          ...and use more than the three sets of AM presets..

          Ford sales are good, but it's because it's a Ford. Not because of the radio. I'll tell you, if I knew how bad this system was, I wouldn't have bought a Ford.

          I've had my truck for almost 5 months. I don't even connect my phone anymore. I'm about to duct tape my tablet over the Stync system and use the wired input.

          The implementation is so shoddy that it doesn't even remember what the last input used was! 10-15% of the time it just randomly picks an input. AM/FM/XM??? Who knows.

          The menu's are kludgy, slow, and even if you put your music on a USB stick, it doesn't even play an album in the right order! It won't default to BT audio because they took that feature away. Talk about high tech.

          Does it read your texts to you? Mine wouldn't. So I tried to turn off that "feature" and it wouldn't let me. It's says "unsupported feature." Really?

          What's with all the wasted screen space on the 4.3" screen? The drivers dash screen has an amazingly well thought out menu and layout. On the prized MF Stync screen, it's an abomination.

          IOS compared to Stync, there isn't much catching up to do. Everything Stync wants to be able to do, it already works on IOS. Same with Android.

          Ford has had years to make this work, and it still doesn't. The Stync developers are defensive, and the support folks are apologetic.

          The 911 assist feature? Even if you turn it off and choose don't warn me, it waits until you're pulling out into traffic then mutes the audio and warns you. Personally, I think they want you to get into an accident because it violates Ford's requirements for app developers in two ways: You have to look away from the road to find the button, and you have to take your hand off the wheel to press said button.

          Me, I just want to get in my truck, BT connects, and I'm enjoying my truck instead of cursing at it. Love the truck, but Stync makes me curse at it.
      • Cored by Windows

        You mean Windows Embedded, that obscure OS that is soooo unreliable it powers 80% of the industrial controllers on the planet, as opposed to iOS which powers???? thats right... diddly doo

        There is a reason for that.
        • Please...

          I think you mistakenly wrote Windows (lol) when you meant Siemens.
        • SCADA?

          Industrial controllers are not mostly Windows based, nor are they Apple or Linux based. Most of them run specialized RTOS software designed for that purpose.
    • Finally Catching Up

      Yet another place for iOS users to think that Apple has innovated again. Not revolutionary. Not evolutionary. Just Apple trying to catch-up to where the rest of the world has already made significant inroads. About 6 years ago, I installed a touch-screen in my dash for infotainment. That display has been powered by Android (screen mirroring) in the past, but I wanted more options so I installed a small Windows PC under the seat, powered by a specialized carPC power supply (Carnetix). Additionally, to drive the speakers, I installed an amplifier under the other seat. None of this was difficult, but you need to be a bit of a hobbyist. There have been all-in-one systems available for several years that install almost as easily as replacing a car stereo. On my unit, I added GPS, HD Radio, and backup camera. When I switched to Windows for a more customizable experience, I first used Centrafuse. I later moved on to a front-end program called FreeIce. Now, I'm using the great Windows 8 Metro presentation because it lets me easily launch all of the features, and includes "live tiles" on the home screen. For mobile internet, I use a Verizon JetPack. Now you may say that's all too much work, or Windows sucks, or iOS is going to make this "magical" and "revolutionary". That's crap. My original Android-driven method was essentially the same as what Apple is doing... and that was 6 years ago. I simply wanted more. So, welcome to 2008, Apple. What took you so long?
  • Not for me

    I won't be buying any car that has an Apple OS in it.
    • got to be better that MS in the car

      I love my Ford Fusion but the Microsoft based Ford My touch system is junk. Typical MS it slowly gets a gunked up and I have to due a full reset back to factory settings to get it to work again. Of course this means every setting an saved location is lost. MS was not smart enough to create a way to backup your settings.

      I'm definitely willing to try an IOS based system, it simply has to be a better experience!
      • Ford My Touch is not microsoft...

        MyFord Touch system is not microsoft! MyFord Link is a software develop by Ford that run on Microsoft Windows Embedded Automotive OS from Microsoft which is the most solid embedded car OS on the market.

        The reset you Ford had is a reset of MyFord Touch software an not a Microsoft matter... Microsoft Windows Embedded Automotive OS offer an efficient way to backup things but Ford did not use it in MyFord Touch...

        Microsoft Windows Embedded OS are extremely reliable OSs. They are use in ATM Cash machine in 95% of it all around the world...

        You know, in that specific case Microsoft is only the messenger... Don't bash the messenger... Ford have all responsability in it...
        • You made a Apple Selling Point

          EricDeBerg, you just made the number one selling point of Apple in the car. There is no way Apple would allow another party to customize software like this. It will be more uniformed, and one size fits all. Backups, updates, Saves, all will be Apple controlled. and any third party app would prabably suffer the same scrutiny as the App Store. I think this control and uniformed experience is what's selling the car makers.
          • Is it a selling point?

            Food, GM, ect won't want the same experience showing up on their competitor's cars, so you know they'll want to customize it.
          • Apple is likely too late to the game to make that kind of demand...

            "There is no way Apple would allow another party to customize software like this."

            Given that Android has been aggressively targeting the auto industry and Microsoft is already an established player, disallowing significant customization of the interface may just be a deal breaker for the car makers. I think such a demand on Apple's part would be met with a "thank you very much - don't call use we'll call you" response from the car manufacturers.
        • There in lies the problem

          It uses an older version of windows (most likely Windows CE), which has issues over time. To blame Ford (and I really dislike Ford), is to be a Microsoft Cheerleader. Various versions of Windows have proven, over many decades, to not be fit for their intended purpose. In fact Microsoft even went as far as, putting that in their EULA.
          I hate trolls also