Ferrari is exhibiting these days in Geneva an FF fitted with Apple's brand new CarPlay system.

Ferrari is exhibiting these days in Geneva an FF fitted with Apple's brand new CarPlay system.

When Siri meets Ferrari is the best way to describe Apple's venture in the automotive world with CarPlay, a system which incorporates the most important features of an iPhone inside the car. Available at first on select Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz models, CarPlay connects to a vehicle's infotainment system through the AirPlay media streaming protocol and allows owners to text, call, listen to music/radio and navigate via Siri-based voice or touch inputs.

CarPlay is for the moment compatible only with the iPhone 5 series (5, 5C and 5S) and was installed in the FF through a Lightning adapter but a wireless connection will arrive soon. Once connected, the Italian supercar will continue to utilize the proprietary infotainment system but users will be able to access CarPlay by pressing a virtual button located on the dedicated dashboard. After the user interface is loaded, all the buttons will look very familiar to those who own an iPhone.

Following an initial roll-out on Ferrari, Volvo and Mercedes-Benz models, Apple's CarPlay will eventually find its way inside cars from BMW, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota.

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Ferrari FF is the first model to feature Apple CarPlay [video]