This week at the Geneva Auto Show, Apple (NASDAQ: AAPL) alongside with Swedish auto maker, Volvo introduces to the world, CarPlay. CarPlay is Apple’s automobile interface system to replace the existing infotainment systems in our cars today. The tech giant will also be partnering up with the likes of Ferrari and Mercedes. Apple plans to introduce CarPlay in automobile companies like BMW, Ford (NYSE: F), General Motors (NYSE: GM), Honda (NYSE: HMC), Hyundai, Toyota (NYSE: TM) in the near future.
CarPlay will allow users to access functions such as calling, texting (using Siri voice and message playback), navigation, and music using the iOS7-esque interface. In addition, CarPlay will be supporting 3rd-party application such as iHeartRadio and Spotify at launch; more applications will be supported in time.
Of course, the interface is meant to be compatible with the iPhone 5, and 5s. Lighting cables are necessary for the connection, and for users with iPhone 4 or 4s, the connection will not be supported natively, an adapter may solve the problem. Volvo announced that Wi-Fi connection will also be available in the near future for a wireless connection to the CarPlay interface.