Apple takes it a step further

THE iPod generation will soon benefit from a familiar sight on their car’s dashboard after Apple revealed its plans for automotive dominance.

The California-based technology giant unveiled its plans to bring its operating system to integrated in-car entertainment packages at its 2013 Worldwide Developers’ Conference, The House That Jobs Built, last week.

Touchscreen systems that share the appearance and functionality of iPod and iPad products will replace the many and varied set-ups currently developed by manufacturers for their vehicles as a result of the move.

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Apple claim that 95 per cent of manufacturers’ entertainment systems currently link with their products but the new technology will include on-board email, a handsfree phone connection and internet access.  

Among the manufacturers already preparing to adopt Apple’s iOS 7 system in vehicles by 2014 are Honda, Mercedes, Nissan, Ferrari, Chevrolet, Infiniti, Kia, Hyundai, Volvo, Vauxhall and Jaguar.

The adoption of Apple’s iOS could bring an end, or exacerbate, all those motoring journalists’ complaints about cars in vastly different price brack