iOS in the Car is a new feature for iOS 7, which is intended to allow an iOS device to take over the in-dash display in a car, providing access to navigation, phone functions, messages, and possibly Siri. Here is an image of iOS in the Car running on iOS 7.1, courtesy of Twitter:
Steven Troughton-Smith has posted a new video showing iOS in the Car in action, via the barebones implementation which is actually already available in iOS 7.0.3. The video shows the features by using the developer's iOS Simulator and an in-dash display represented by a separate window with a resolution of 800x480.
Here is a list of some of the features Troughton-Smith has discovered:
- Supports Multiple Resolutions
- Supports touchscreens (presumably single-touch?), hardware buttons, wheels and touchpads
- Does not support multitasking - car display will always show same current on-screen app as iPhone (which can be locked/asleep)
- Whitelisted to specific Apple apps - no public API for developers [yet?]
- Has no keyboard UI - voice recognition as input
- UI clearly subject to change
- Missing functionality in video is due to iOS Simulator not containing all the stock iOS apps
Apple is expected to release the final version of iOS in the Car along with iOS 7.1, which is rumoured to be publicly available in March.