Apple's newest iteration of CarPlay is poised to debut in select Porsche and Aston Martin models, marking a notable evolution from its current application as first reported by Car and Driver. This upgraded version of CarPlay extends beyond the conventional infotainment domain, encapsulating all displays within the vehicle, including essential controls and instruments.
The current version of Apple CarPlay, primarily an app within a car's infotainment system, allows users to access maps, music, podcasts, and other iPhone-linked functions. The next-generation system, however, is designed to overlay a new user interface on every in-car screen. This integration will include the vehicle's native controls such as the radio, air conditioning, speedometer, and trip computer, offering a more holistic in-car user experience.
Announced initially in mid-2022, Apple revealed towards the end of 2023 that Porsche and Aston Martin would be the first car brands to incorporate this new system. Digital renderings indicate that the next-gen CarPlay interface will vary in appearance depending on the vehicle manufacturer. In Porsche models, the system retains the brand's iconic three-instrument dial design, while Aston Martin's version will feature two instrument displays, in line with the brand's latest car models.
Apple has clarified that while the new CarPlay system will still require an iPhone connection for smartphone-related functions, vehicle-specific data such as speed, RPM, and fuel level will be sourced directly from the car's sensors. Apple also emphasizes that the iPhone will not store or track this vehicle-derived information.
According to reports, Aston Martin plans to include the new CarPlay interface in its forthcoming models equipped with the updated infotainment system, starting with the DB12, soon to arrive in Australian showrooms. Porsche's integration plans for this technology are less specific, but it is anticipated to be a feature in their future models, including the upcoming electric Macan.
This advancement in CarPlay technology signifies a shift towards more integrated and comprehensive in-car infotainment systems, aiming to enhance the user experience by merging traditional vehicle controls with digital convenience.
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