We’re bound to hear more rumors regarding iOS 7 over the coming weeks. WWDC 2013 is only a month or so away, and we’re all expecting the 7th major update of Apple’s popular smartphone platform to be unveiled during the opening keynote. The latest rumor comes from 9to5Mac’s sources and claims that Apple is planning on taking over your car’s console using some updates to the Maps and Siri apps.
According to people familiar with the plans, Apple is working with car makers on updated versions of car center consoles that could attach to iOS devices like the iPhone. Specifically, an iPhone could be plugged into a car and an optimized, redesigned version of Apple Maps will appear on the car’s built-in display instead of a proprietary GPS system found in many cars.
Sources have described this as a feature akin to a video-out or mirrored display representation of the iPhone’s Maps app onto the bigger screens included with most modern vehicles. This is unlike the new Volkswagen iBeetle car that simply holds an iPhone running a third-party app.
While it’s possible that it could be launched in iOS 7, the site’s sources did err on the side of caution. Apple needs to do a lot of testing to make sure that this system can be implemented well, and its release could come later than the initial arrival of iOS 7.
With Eyes-Free technology already existent, it’s clear that Apple wants to make the move in to the car console space, but is there any real advantage to this over just using a pre-existing GPS app and a dock? That said, this really does sound like something Apple would do. It’s not a crazy idea, and is certainly something realistically possible.
What do you think? Is Apple attempting to make the iPhone a product you simply cannot live without by integrating it everywhere?