Apple Promises iOS 7 Is Ready For Cars
Your smartphone is such a powerful device, that there can be overlaps and redundancies in technology and features when you bring your handheld into even the most advanced automobiles. With yesterday's debut of Apple's iOS 7, we get to see the latest user interface for one of the most popular smartphones on the market, and Apple says this one is ready to be a lot more friendly to the automobile.
Anyone that routinely deals with new cars (auto writers, dealers, car thieves) will know that each automaker deals with mobile tech just a bit differently. From dedicated cords (that may now be outdated) to simple auxiliary jacks, you can learn a lot about a carmaker based on how much they keep up with mobile tech.
When iOS 7 becomes available to the masses this fall, it will come with an application (unimaginatively called "iOS in the Car") that allows for a few basic functions to be accessible through the car's digital interface. Apple has teamed up with a number of automakers so that their user interfaces will be up-to-date and ready to handle the new operating system. According to Apple's site: "If your vehicle is equipped with iOS in the Car, you can connect your iPhone 5 and interact with it using the car's built-in display and controls or Siri Eyes Free. Now you can easily and safely make phone calls, access your music, send and receive messages, get directions and more. It's all designed to let iPhone focus on what you need, so you can focus on the road"
Let's face it, government safety officials can preach all they want about distracted driving, but humans are humans, and finding clever ways to make the use of mobile phones more seamless in the car is a common sense approach to dealing with new technology.