Apple iOS in the Car Screenshots Show How Good the New Feature is Going to be

January 23, 2014, By Sanjeev Ramachandran

Back in June last year, when Apple flaunted its iOS7 at the Worldwide Developer Conference (WWDC), everyone watching it was amazed at the technology the folks at Cupertino were showing off.

The company had then revealed that the iOS 7 will also be compatible with cars with its iOS in the Car feature, which will let drivers interact with the vehicles they drive, by enabling Siri functionalities. It was mentioned that they will also be able to listen to and respond to text messages, use Maps, and perform other tasks without even taking their hands off the steering.

Rumors continued to speculate about iOS in the car even in iOS 7.1, which is currently in beta stage.

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What we now have is the chance to have a sneak peek into what the car app might look like. The new screenshots from developer Steve Troughton-Smith’s Twitter feed show off a more sophisticated version of the interface.

The screenshots look like they have been taken by the iOS Simulator that is to be shipped with the Xcode developer tools, than on real hardware.  But you could certainly trace the UI changes that Apple made since the first original demo took place.

A left aligned bar that shows time, connection status, and a software Home button, is present in all shots. As for the rest, the interface’s graphics, fonts, and buttons closely mirror those used in iOS 7.

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Most people say the biggest drawback of the app would be the non availability of a new car to support all its features. Apple however vouches that many automakers like Acura, Chevy, Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Kia, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, and Opel  are indeed interested in bringing in the feature for their 2014 models.

Apple has issued about four betas of iOS 7.1 since mid-November, the latest one had hit Apple’s developer site on Tuesday. This stands to be the first major update to iOS 7. We are just waiting to talk to our vehicles with the “iOS in the car” feature. Aren’t you too?

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