Apple iOS7 Let’s You Talk to Your Car


C/Net reports that Apple’s iOS7 beta version will let’s you talk to your car.

An “Accessory Developer” settings menu called “iOS in the Car over WiFi” eliminates the need to hook up the iOS in the car physically. (Another menu accessory, “iOS in the Car over USB,” provides the option of hooking up the device.)

The feature was presented to the public at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference in June.

The iOS7 turns the car into an “infotainment” system by integrating your iPhone with your auto’s onboard receiver system, allowing you control over your phone through your car’s dashboard.  This feature eliminates the need to struggle to find your device in order to play music, display maps, or talk to Siri.

Siri’s voice-activated feature enables you send messages, schedule meetings, place phone calls, select and play music, hear and compose text messages, use Maps and get directions, find calendar information, add reminders and other tasks.

Wi-Fi connection via AirPlay establishes an automatic communication between your iPhone and your car.

You can talk to your car while keeping your iPhone tucked away.

Apple has signed up such automakers as Honda, Mercedes, Nissan, Ferrari, Hyundai, Kia and Infiniti to integrate more iOS features into their cars.  The iOS integration could be ready as soon as 2014.  You’ll be able to talk to your car as soon as 2015, but only with select models.

Apple has already been working with car manufacturers to integrate Siri into select voice control systems through an “Eyes Free” voice command button on the steering wheel, to allow you to question Siri without taking your eyes off the road. To further minimize distractions, the iOS device’s screen will be “damped” so that it won’t light up.

In the Notifications pull-down menu, three tabs show you all the alerts, calls and messages, and a new “today” pane for tracking what you’re doing.  Siri has a brand-new female voice, but the male version is still available.

The iOS operating system design has been static since 2007.  The iOS7 mobile operating system has flat graphics and a pastel color scheme to lend it an elegant look.

 The iOS7 has features not available on previous versions, designed to appeal to iPhone and iPad users, such as quick-access system controls, automatic app updates, and Apple’s AirDrop file-sharing system.

 Apple promises a 3D effect.  When you move the phone or tablet, the wallpaper appears some distance behind the icons.

 The Control Center puts the most-used settings front and center on any screen. A swipe from the bottom brings up quick-access tools, like a Wi-Fi meter, brightness, Airplane mode and music controls.  The Control Center also integrates a small flashlight tool.

 The Safari has been overhauled, and the browser now has a unified search and URL field.

 Air Drop is a peer-to-peer file-sharing service that will soon support the iPhone5, fourth-generation iPad and iPad Mini.  It creates local ad-hoc networks among nearby users.  It enables you to share photos by hitting the share button.  The photo is sent via Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.  The recipient can either accept or decline the send.

 The camera app surfaces all shooting modes.  You just tap them to frame the shot with still or panorama, video, or square configurations, as well as to apply filters to the still or square shots.

You’ll be able to zoom out and see previous photos.  In addition, shooting modes will be easier to find.

 In an old TV show, “My Mother, the Car,” the hapless car owner was besieged by the spirit of his mother in the form of a nagging voice.

 The iOS7 offers a soothing female voice.  You can turn it on or off at will (as in previous iOS versions).  But with iOS7, you can talk to your car from anywhere.

By: Tom Ukinski