CarPlay, Apple’s in-car iOS connection feature, is reportedly experiencing delays in its rollout among the manufacturers previously announced to feature the iOS system in 2014 – now pushing the release into 2015 instead. The manufacturers include Mercedes-Benz, Volvo, Hyundai and Pioneer.
CarPlay was officially announced by Apple in March this year, with a small number of the confirmed car manufacturers announcing that the feature would arrive before the end of 2014. 9to5Mac reports that since this time, nearly all of those announcement dates have been adjusted, or even passed with no explanation or comment.
A spokesperson for Mercedes-Benz confirmed it will not be achieving its 2014 release target for the CarPlay feature. Volvo also confirmed its new release target of later in 2015. Hyundai is still planning to deliver the feature by the end of the year, but whether this will actually happen is an unknown.
In terms of Pioneer, 9to5Mac pointed out that the car electronics giant planned to update its aftermarket systems as long ago as May, with no update given and no release having occurred so far.
The other manufacturers to announce CarPlay for future vehicles include Ford, BMW, Audi, Jaguar/Land Rover, Toyota and Nissan.
In terms of Australia, it is highly unlikely we will see any form of CarPlay until 2015.
As Macworld Australia recently reported on Apple’s new CarPlay system, discussing its potential to become a prevalent feature in modern cars. CarPlay allows an iPhone to be mirrored to a vehicle’s infotainment system while also charging. This would enable the iPhone and all of its capabilities (calls, text, maps etc.) to be controlled via Siri, the vehicle’s touchscreen and/or steering wheel-mounted controls – appearing as an iOS interface on the vehicle’s own display.