in the car 2

Following a set of screenshots taken from iOS in the Car, Apple’s project that strives to enhance in-car iOS functionality, app developer Steven Troughton-Smith who posted these images has now created a video that shows off the software’s various user interface aspects and functionality, running via the iOS Simulator software.

The biggest takeaways from the clip: iOS in the Car supports multiple screen resolutions to accommodate various in-car dashboard screens, in addition to hardware buttons, wheels, touchpads and of course touchscreens…

The video (via MacRumors) is based on iOS in the Car functionality present in the already released iOS 7.0.3 but not accessible by default. The interface shown off on video appears to resemble the screenshots on Apple’s website.

Troughton-Smith cautions that some of the missing functionality in the video is due to the iOS Simulator not containing all the stock iOS apps.

A couple highlights from the video’s description:

  • Supports Multiple Resolutions
  • Supports touchscreens (presumably single-touch?), hardware buttons, wheels and touchpads
  • Does not support multitasking – car display will always show same current on-screen app as iPhone (which can be locked/asleep)
  • Whitelisted to specific Apple apps – no public API for developers [yet?]
  • Has no keyboard UI – voice recognition as input
  • UI clearly subject to change

Many car makers have pledged their support for the project, including Audi, Honda, Acura and BMW. Tim Cook has called iOS in the Car a “key focus” and an “important part” of Apple’s ecosystem.

The company is expected to enable iOS in the Car functionality with the upcoming iOS 7.1 software update.

Not to be outdone by its fierce competitor, the Internet giant Google recently announced the Open Automotive Alliance initiative that wants to do for autos what Android did for smartphones and tablets.

  • Dontwannaknow

    Directions not available. lol

  • Jonathan

    One word. Kinda.

  • Chetan

    I want a RETINA screen in my car before i get this!! Car makers meet out demands now, give us shiny bright retinas..

  • pauleebe

    Seriously hope this makes the cut for many manufacturers in the coming years. I just fear the luxury brands are too wrapped up in their own solutions to consider this, which sucks … because this is Apple’s area of expertise.

    • Lol, people have already forgotten about the iLost stories…

      • pauleebe

        Perhaps you’ve never used a manufacturer navigation system – it isn’t much better than Apple maps were initially.

      • Guest


      • Yeah, that was back in the years when navigation was a new thing and technology wasn’t as advanced as it is today. Despite Apple having all those new technology resources, it still ended up creating a crappy maps apps. I’ve used Google Maps, and can hands down tell you it’s way ahead of Apple maps.

  • Martynas Linkevicius

    Is there any way to download the iPhone Simulator? Or is it just exclusively available to Apple employees? That would be a neat thing to have on your PC or Mac don’t you agree?

  • Beck Hoefling

    I didn’t know that it would require an ios device to work, I thought it was a whole seperate device.

  • Scott

    Meeeehhhhh, I will stick with my iPhone and my cd slot iPhone cradle and blue tooth car connection. One device does it all. And it can be removed from the car when I leave it parked in the city or at the airport. Didn’t pay for the Sync package for my ford explorer and keep turning down the sirius radio people each time they call. Stock music app and pandora radio are good enough for me.