Apple's iOS to duke it out for supremacy in your car

  • The next great battle for the hearts and minds of mobile computing is going to take place inside your car. A developer shows existing features in iOS 7.0.3 that are automobile-ready. Watch the video here.

    Steve Troughton-Smith has put up a YouTube video showing what is available in the public, shipping version of iOS 7. The simulation of a potential car display indicates that Apple is already on its way to having effective in-car functionality. 

    At CES this year, it was no secret that Apple and Google are both vying to be the go to in-car operating system. And, to give due credit, Microsoft hasn't done a bad job of getting in there with its Sync technology. No word on whether Apple fanboys will spend long nights waiting in line to be the first people to buy the latest Honda Civic because it has iOS, but who knows with those lovable, crazy kids.

    Troughton-Smith highlights the following features that he found and you can see the video 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

     

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