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Siri, drive me to the moon

Apple announces CarPlay, wants iOS to take over your car’s dashboard

iOSintheCarApple has today formally announced the upcoming release CarPlay, previously known as iOS in the Car, confirming the feature’s existence for the first time since WWDC 2013 last June. The feature essentially puts iOS in modern vehicle’s dashboard, allowing access to numerous built in and third party applications and services – such as Phone, Messages, Maps, Music, and Siri – without ever touching your smartphone.

To enable the functionality in supported vehicles, simply plug your compatible device into the car using a built in Thunderbolt cable and watch iOS take over your car’s dashboard. Third party applications will also be enabled, with popular apps Beats Radio, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher already confirming that they’ll be bringing their respective applications to the new platform.iOSintheCarCircles

Of course, not all vehicles will be supported off the bat, but Apple has announced partnerships with numerous big names for support with upcoming models, including Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota. Some manufacturers, such as Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo, will be receiving an update to enable CarPlay in existing vehicles this week.

CarPlay will be making its debut with an “update to iOS” coming soon, which may lead many to expect that the release of iOS 7.1, which Apple has been beta testing for quite some time now, may be imminent.

Source: Apple

The beast awakens

iOS 7.1 slated for March release alongside Apple TV update

apple-logo-wwdc13Good news, Apple fans – while the company has been relatively quiet since the announcement and release of the iPad Air and the iPad mini with Retina Display last October, things may be about to change as sources have recently informed popular and trustworthy Apple rumor blog 9to5Mac that the company is planning on releasing their first major update to iOS since iOS 7 last summer, iOS 7.1, this March.

iOS 7.1 in and of itself is nothing new – the company has been testing numerous beta builds of months now, however the company has yet to officially confirm any sort of target date or specific feature set for the upcoming version of iOS. Improvements include usability and design improvements to the new design language introduced in iOS 7,  iOS in the Car support, performance and stability improvements, and – presumably – more.

What’s more, Apple may be planning on addressing an update to their “hobby” platform, Apple TV, alongside the release of iOS 7.1. Apple has long been rumored to be preparing an updated version of Apple TV, bringing a combination of both new hardware and new software for fans of Apple’s entertainment center. Rumored improvements have included beefier remote support, gaming support, as well as the potential of an official third party Apple TV app ecosystem.

This is all just a rumor at the moment, so we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we know more. The report claims that Apple may be preparing a special media event to outline the changes, so keep an eye out for that as well!

Minor design changes

Apple seeds iOS 7.1 Beta 4 to registered developers

ios7logoApple has today seeded iOS 7.1 Beta 4 to registered, paying iOS developers. The new version, which is dubbed build 11D5134c, continues to improve upon the new iOS experience Apple debuted at WWDC 13 this June with iOS 7.

While Apple is, as per usual, quiet on what exactly has changed in this build of iOS 7.1, popular Apple rumor blog 9to5Mac has managed to get their hands on some screenshots and information regarding the release. According to the site, the changes are as follows:

  • New “+” button for adding a phone number in the dialer to your contacts.
  • iPad has gained new Siri voice gender options for the UK.
  • Messages now scrolls more smoothly and with more animation.
  • Shut down slider also more in line with the new, shinier Slide to Unlock text
  • General bug fixes, performance, and stability enhancements

Apple has been developing iOS 7.1 for some time now, with the previous developer build having dropped on January 7th. Apple will likely release iOS 7.1 in the coming weeks as development wraps up in the near future. iOS 7.1 will be released for iPhone 4 and newer, iPad 2 and newer, iPod touch (fifth generation), and both generations of the iPad mini.

Source: 9to5Mac

iOS 7.1 inches closer

Apple releases iOS 7.1 beta 3

ios7logoApple has today released iOS 7.1 beta 3 to registered, paying iOS developers. Though Apple is tight lipped on what specifically has been changed in this beta release, saying only that the update contains bug fixes and improvements, we’ll let you know if there’s any major improvements or upgrades over iOS 7.1 beta 2, which was released around a month ago.

iOS 7.1 makrs the first major release of iOS since Apple released iOS 7, the company’s first significant redesign of the iOS smartphone platform since the release of the first iPhone in 2007.

The first of many?

Apple releases iOS 7.1 Beta 1

We’re hearing reports that Apple has just seeded the first beta build of the next version of iOS to registered, paying developers, iOS 7.1. The new version, which carries the build tag 11D5099e, is available for the iPad Air, iPad mini (both generations), iPad 2 and up, iPhone 4 and up, and the iPod touch 5th generation.


While we’re still working to learn what’s new or improved in this new build, this is likely an early look at Apple’s next version of iOS and not necessarily fully representative of what the final product will look like. As soon as we learn more we’ll let you know.

Update 11/18/13 @ 1:40 PM EST: We’ve also got ahold of the full release notes – read more for those.