These previous few weeks have been laborious for CarPlay customers. Whereas GM acknowledged it will now not assist Apple’s software program resolution for EVs, Rivian strengthened why it prefers providing built-in software program moderately than counting on CarPlay or Android Auto. Luckily, on this run of dangerous luck, Ford says it stays dedicated to supporting Apple’s resolution for the long term.
The carmaker acknowledged to 9to5Mac that it has no plans to desert CarPlay. A Ford spokesperson stated:
“We proceed to supply Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as a result of clients love the aptitude that permits quick access and management of their smartphone apps – particularly our EV clients as a result of some EVs at the moment don’t supply the options.”
That assertion is thrilling for CarPlay customers, who can hope that Ford might be one of many carmakers who may supply the revamped expertise of Apple’s automotive software program. Again in WWDC 2022, the corporate stated it was updating its automotive software program.
Per Apple, this software program will cowl all of a driver’s display for a cohesive expertise. This new model might be particular to every automobile, “accommodating distinctive display shapes and layouts” with new ranges of personalization, permitting drivers to decide on their gauge cluster design, together with brand-specific choices.
Whereas the corporate stated it will work carefully with carmakers, we’re lower than two months away from WWDC 2023 – and we’ve got no clue which fashions will supply this new expertise – or when it should land on iOS code.
Most definitely, as carmakers announce their 2024 lineups, we may lastly see who’s embracing this new CarPlay expertise and who may concentrate on its built-in software program. Whereas there’s no drawback for firms to decide on their very own resolution, customers are beginning to really feel omitted, as they’re shedding software program experiences they like higher for an unconvinced motive.