Apple today announced that leading auto manufacturers are rolling out CarPlay, the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car. CarPlay gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. Users can easily control CarPlay from the car’s native interface or just push-and-hold the voice control button on the steering wheel to activate Siri without distraction. Vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will premiere CarPlay to their drivers this week, while additional auto manufacturers bringing CarPlay to their drivers down the road include BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp.
Apple has a nifty microsite to walk you through CarPlay, though I'm quick to note the following:
“CarPlay supports other apps on your iPhone. Here are a few of them. Stay tuned for even more supported apps coming soon.”
Apple's Podcast app, Beats Music, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher are listed below, but Pandora isn't, nor is Rdio, etc. Is support for an app contingent on developers hooking into the CarPlay API, or approval by Apple?
One thing's for certain, this has made my epic decision between buying a Belkin FM transmitter or a Ferrari much more difficult.