It's been a while since we've heard much substantial about Apple's CarPlay system, but the company broke that silence today with an updated page that confirmed the support of nine brands (many of them from the Fiat-Chrysler group) — namely Abarth, Alfa Romeo, Audi, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Jeep, Mazda, and RAM.
We're seeing more and more mockups and leak videos with each iteration of the iPhone and now we've got video of the 6. Or so they say. Who knows until the veil is lifted come September? But we do know one thing for certain, there are factories, known Apple partners, who are on hiring binges right now…
Despite how common Apple devices have become over the last decade, a significant fraction of the population still sees its products as status symbols. It's a perception Apple wants to maintain, apparently, judging from the latest commercial from the Bentley luxury automotive company (via The Loop). Called "Intelligent Details," the short was filmed using an iPhone 5s and edited with an iPad Air.
iPhone buyers can't exactly replace their automobiles as often as they do smartphones, so it's encouraging to hear that companies who specialize in aftermarket products for cars are jumping on the CarPlay bandwagon.
Who would ever think that a $99 dongle that attaches to your automobile could be so powerful? Automatic Link certainly did, and now that their hardware integrates with IFTTT, it can do oh so much more than ever before.
Judging from a pair of recent reports, incoming Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella is going to have his hands full as the Windows maker tries to compete in the desktop and tablet market and may have to fend off a rival for Ford's affections.
Owners of the Automatic dongle, which plugs into an automobile's data port and connects the vehicle to a smartphone, just got an update to future-proof the device, even if it won't do much for them today.
Gameloft surely hopes that GT Racing 2’s flashy lighting and obsessively modeled licensed cars will make it stand out from — or at least keep pace with — a recent surge of App Store racing sims, notably genre leader Real Racing 3. Lens flares and dust effects are well and good, but GT Racing 2’s visual fidelity threatens to overshadow its real strength: as free-to-play racers go, it’s got great controls. GT Racing 2 doesn’t reinvent the iOS racing control scheme, but it executes it better than most of its competitors.
CSR Racing was an unconventional entry for the racing genre, seeing as it included very little actual racing. Instead of steering around obstacles, you were tasked with dragging down a straight stretch of road, with timed control prompts like gearshifts used to influence your performance. Still, it became a massive free-to-play hit, spawning numerous copycats along the way. Follow-up CSR Classics offers much of the same tone as the original affair, though with the added element of classic hotrods to appeal to the gear head in us all.
Codemasters has a seasoned pedigree when it comes to racing games, and it shows with F1 Challenge for iPhone and iPad. As the name suggests, F1 Challenge is an officially licensed Formula One game, but this top-down racer’s real draw is its unique control scheme. Instead of virtual buttons dedicated to left and right steering inputs, F1 Challenge uses a vertical slider to control the angle at which your speedster approaches each track’s hairpin curves.