During Apple’s third quarter earnings call, Tim Cook spoke a bit about “iOS in the Car” in response to a question from an analyst. iOS in the car is an iOS 7 feature, which takes “integration to a whole other level” by letting you access your Maps, messages, and other services without having to take your eyes off the wheel.
I see it as very important. It is a part of the ecosystem, and so just like the App Store’s a key part of the ecosystem, and iTunes and all of our content are key, and the services we provide from iMessaging to Siri and so forth, having something in the automobile is very very important, it’s something that people want, and I think that Apple can do this in a unique way and better than anyone else. And so it’s a key focus for us.
iOS in the car is expected to be available in car models made by Honda, Mercedes, Nissan, Ferrari, Chevrolet, Kia, Hyundai, Volvo, Jaguar and a number of others manufacturers in 2014. Manufacturers most recently added Siri Eyes Free support, an iOS 6 feature, to some of their newly introduced cars earlier this year.
iOS in the car will likely work have AirPlay support over Wi-Fi in addition to USB, according to leaked internal settings.