Apple is readying up a new play for your car, but it technically isn’t CarPlay.
The Big Tech giant is reportedly looking to launch a feature which will allow users to control their car’s air conditioning, seats, radio, and other functions directly from their phone. It would also allow users (in some cases) to use their phone as a companion for their vehicle.
It’s untold if these features will be folded into Apple’s existing ecosystem for vehicles. However, it comes nearly seven years after the company launched CarPlay, which is now supported by most major automakers. The current version of CarPlay allows users to control apps from their vehicle’s dashboard. It also includes a digital key feature called CarKey, which allows users to unlock their car using an iPhone or Apple Watch. However, not all car companies have rushed to implement the full suite of Apple software into their vehicles.
To get the full experience, Apple stans might have to wait for Tim Cook and team to drop the Apple Car. The highly-rumored electric vehicle is expected to drop in 2024, representing a meaningful threat to existing EV players like Tesla. However, 2024 is a hot minute away. In the meantime, we’ll stay speculating about Apple’s vehicle-centric software developments.