Apple has recently released iOS 7.1, which comes with several updates that are sure to please those who use their phone as a portable music system.
The upgrade, which premiered on Monday, features the company’s highly-anticipated CarPlay system, which Apple has touted as “iOS in the Car” and was recently demonstrated at a car show in Geneva. While those who want to use CarPlay will have to wait for the release of the cars that will support the system, there’s plenty to look forward to until the compatible cars debut in the fall.
CarPlay Puts Calls, Music, and Maps in Your Control
CarPlay will be available on iPhone models 5, 5C, and the 5S only. It will allow you to interact with your phone in a hands-free way, which makes for safer interaction. You will be able to make calls, play music, talk to Siri, and bring up maps via a simulated version of your iPhone’s home screen that’s set into the car’s instrument panel. When you plug your phone into the car via the lightning cable, the system will boot up instantly, providing you access to your phone via the panel. Check out the preview of what this will look like:
Some of the cars that will feature the CarPlay system in 2014 include Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo. BMW, Chevrolet, Ford, Jaguar, KIA, Land Rover, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Opel, PSA Peugeot Citroen, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota have all signed on with Apple to include CarPlay in their upcoming models over the next few years.
While you’re waiting for CarPlay, the iOS 7 update has also included a new iTunes Radio feature that allows you to search for artists and songs so that you can instantly create new stations gets a new search field, so you can create stations instantly, as well as buy both albums and songs while you’re listening.