Apple Inc. along with unveiling iOS 9.3 with new CarPlay, launched a new webpage with details of all the cars having its infotainment. On the page, Apple says CarPlay will soon be available in more than 100 different vehicles models. The list includes 2016 and 2017 car models, from a variety of firms.
Apple has enough clients to show?
Apple has featured the full list of car makers on the webpage, and it includes some of the biggest names in the industry such as GMC, Honda, Hyundai, DS Automobiles, Opel, Porsche, Peugeot, Chevrolet, Citroen, Ford, Skoda, Suzuki, Volkswagen, Buick, Cadillac, Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Mitsubishi, Seat, and Volvo. Aftermarket options for installing CarPlay, such as Pioneer and JBL head units, are excluded from the list.
Apple Inc. introduced a couple of new CarPlay features with iOS 9.3 making it possible for CarPlay to finally benefit from the ‘New’ and ‘For You’ Apple Music features introduced last summer. In the Maps, there is a ‘Nearby’ feature as well that shows the closest gas, parking, restaurants, coffee, and more.
Apple’s webpage also noted that Ford would be integrating CarPlay. However, the webpage does not inform that Ford plans of making a software update to 2016 car models for adding CarPlay support.
Apple launching CarPlay’s dedicated list of manufacturers could possibly reflect that the firm now has a sufficient number of vehicles making use of its infotainment system about which it can proudly boast.
Apple to make cars?
Meanwhile, Apple continues to give hints of its secret car project. The firm recently registered several generic top-level domains related to cars, fueling speculations of it planning to foray in the auto business. MacRumors was the first to report that Apple registered apple.car, apple.cars, and apple.auto.
Apple got three domains registered in December on whois.domaintools.com, and none of these sites are active yet. It is not clear for now what the firm is planning by getting these domains registered, but this move follows year-long speculations that the iPhone maker may enter the electric vehicle market and could be building an autonomous car.
Several reports claim that hundreds of employees are working on Apple’s Project Titan, and the firm has been aggressively poaching talent from major car makers including Tesla. As per a report from the Guardian, Apple Inc. has made attempts at securing a testing ground for autonomous vehicles in San Francisco, and also had a round of discussion with California’s department of motor vehicles regarding autonomous vehicle regulations.
In pre-market trading today, Apple shares were up almost 2%. Year to date, the stock is down over 6% while in the last one-month, it is down almost 13%. The stock has a 52-week high of $134.54 and a 52-week low of $92.