Apple Announces CarPlay
As many rumors suggested last week, Apple today announced iOS vehicle integration feature CarPlay. The features allows Siri to be played through the cars speakers, apps be used from your cars dashboard display, and more. This new feature will replace the need for a GPS, in-car phone, radio, and much more.
Once an iPhone that connects via Lightning cable is plugged in, all of this will take affect. As of right now this feature only works in cars that allow you to connect an iPhone and has a touch screen display. This will also work in new vehicles coming soon, such as Volvo's new cars.
This was first shown off at WWDC last year, but never made an official announcement until now. Currently, the only apps that you can use with CarPlay is Phone, Music, Maps, Message, Now Playing (a new app showing you what is playing), Podcasts, Spotify, Beats Radio, iHeartRadio, and Stitcher. Since this is so new there are few apps, but Apple has promised that more apps are coming soon. There might even be some other third-party apps available soon, such as car utilities like GasBuddy.
CarPlay will work with the iPhone 5, 5c, and 5s. Your device will need to be running iOS 7. However, this feature is yet to make it into iOS. We will be seeing this very soon in an update, likely with iOS 7.1. You can learn more about CarPlay here and here.