During Apple’s live event today, CEO Tim Cook said that CarPlay, the company’s iOS-powered dashboard, is coming to “every major car brand.”
After a sluggish first year, Apple’s in-dash smartphone software is finally picking up steam. On stage at the co
mpany’s “Spring Forward” event today, Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that CarPlay would be showing up on 40 new car models this year — but perhaps more interesting is that he says that every “major” manufacturer has now committed to using it. There had been some holdouts — Toyota hasn’t committed to a release timeline, for instance — but it seems like Apple’s made enough progress signing up automakers to sound extremely confident today.
CarPlay is going head to head in the marketplace with Google’s Android Auto, both of which are rolling out on a variety of cars this year. They plug into iOS and Android, respectively, making major phone features easier and safer to use while driving — text-to-speech and voice recognition play prominent roles, for instance.