The rumored ‘iOS in the car’ feature is likely to arrive with the latest iOS 7.1 update, currently under beta testing.
The much awaited ‘iOS in the car’ feature when integrated with iOS would allow Apple users to use maps by talking to Siri, listen and respond to messages and utilize other features while driving.
Steve Troughton, a developer in his Twitter post leaked screenshots to reveal the interface of the ‘iOS in the car’ feature though changes can be expected during the final release. The feature which was earlier rumored to be released in June 2013 at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) is expected to arrive with the latest iOS 7.1 update.
The ‘iOS in the car’ interface includes a left-aligned bar with time, signal strength and home button icon. Screenshots reveal the app menu for showing maps app icon and road safety warning screen. The new feature is will also be integrated by automobile makers like Acura, Ferrari, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan and Opel, according to Ars Technica.
Google’s Android is also partnering with General motors through OnStar communications technology. Top carmakers are partnering with Google for Android OS integration for vehicles coming up in 2014. During CES opening day, Open Auto Alliance (OAA) announced they supported Android’s widespread use with certain modifications.
Apple has not officially announced the release date for the new feature described as”Coming soon” on its website. However leaked screenshots of the UI reveal that Apple is testing the feature with external developers currently.