Ford unveiled its Sync 3 technology for automobile entertainment late yesterday, and it revealed a substantial surprise. Microsoft's Embedded platform was nowhere to be found. Instead, Ford is now using BlackBerry's QNX technology for Sync, and that means that the service can now support Apple's CarPlay with hands-free Siri.
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.
It's easy to overlook, but there's a very simple formula for Apple's success. It's the reason why you can take an iPhone or an iMac out of its box and it just works, and the reason why Samsung is secretly working on its own mobile OS: control. Steve Jobs summed it up perfectly during the 2007 Macworld keynote: "Now, you know, one of the pioneers of our industry, Alan Kay, has had a lot of great quotes throughout the years. And I ran across one of them recently that explains how we look at this. Explains why we go about doing things the way we do, because we love software. And here’s the quote: 'People who are really serious about software should make their own hardware.'"
If you're like us and have starry eyes thinking about Apple's new CarPlay (formerly iOS in the Car) coming to your own automobile, the folks at Volvo have provided a video offering a glimpse of what to expect.
Lots of news this week all about things that are coming soon. In some cases, these things are rumors and in some cases these are things that are merely days away. We ourselves are most excited about what's cooking in the Apple TV world, because we've been mighty jealous of our friends with Roku and all their channels. Open that baby up, Apple, and let's get rolling.
Putting off the purchase of your next automobile because Apple has yet to unleash iOS in the Car? An enterprising developer cobbled together a video of how the service might work using the current version of iOS 7.
One of today's big surprises is the sudden appearance of what appears to be leaked screenshots from the long-anticipated "iOS in the Car" taken by app developer Steven Troughton-Smith. As MacRumors reports, it's possible that Troughton-Smith managed to find them lurking in the new beta build for iOS 7.1 that was released today, but if he did, he's not saying how.
Well, it's no "iCar" and it's not exactly"iOS in the Car," but Apple has at last started working its way into select vehicles. As MacRumors notes, the latest foray comes in the form of new iOS "Eyes Free" technology built into the 2013-2014 Honda Accord and the 2013 Acura RDX and ILX models. In essence, owners of these vehicles will be able to use Siri to control certain functions.
We got rumors and we got betas this week as Apple news moves into the summer's concluding month before the fall rumor season really heats up. Blackberry tries to stay relevant, some new games hit the consoles, and it feels like Apple TV is getting some of its due. More just like that inside.