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Volvo has published a video featuring CarPlay

volvo_carplayFollowing on from this mornings announcement that CarPlay will be available soon in a car near you, Volvo have created a press release and published their own promotional video which can bee seen below. Ferreri and Mercedes Benz are also flagship manufacturers however neither have yet to make comment officially on their progress with CarPlay.

Volvo themselves have taken things a step further with their upcoming XC90 by truly integrating the features of your usual in car touch screen and the new CarPlay features as overlays on top of each other when the device is in use, this is better shown in the video where you can see what song is playing, then by simply touching a button control your air conditioning without leaving the previous screen.

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From the video it is clear that Apple Maps are going to become available to use with turn-by-turn navigation in the car, presumable using a voice over feature if the radio or iPod is in use. Other apps features where H.264 Video playback, Music, Messaging, Handsfree Calling and much more interesting things like Spotify. This means that at some point there may be an open forum where app developers can integrate all kinds of things with CarPlay.

iPhone users will feel completely at home in a new Volvo. We have created a wholly-integrated user experience in our large portrait-oriented touch screen that takes the in-car mobile device experience to a new level. That, coupled with the obvious driver safety benefits of an advanced voice control system like Siri, made Apple a perfect match for Volvo – Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of the Volvo Car Group

Volvo’s press release also makes clear that while the initial release of CarPlay requires your phone to be physically connected using the Lightning connector and presumable a cradle, wireless connectivity will be “coming in the near future”


CarPlay launched at the Geneva Motor Show

As we predicted apple launched CarPlay, its integration between in car entertainment systems and the iPhone today at the Geneva International Motor Show. The integration was described as allowing an iPhone to take over the in-dash display of a car, providing Siri voice controlled access to aspects such as navigation, phone functions, messages, and music.


Once a Lightning-enabled iPhone is connected, CarPlay can be controlled on compatible cars through Siri voice control and the cars built in touchscreen with on-board iOS style buttons. From there, users are able to access various iOS apps such as Maps, Phone, Messages, Podcasts, and Music. Is was also noted that third party apps such as Beats Radio, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher are also supported, with Apple promising compatibility with more apps soon.

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CarPlay is being launched with vehicles from Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo, while other manufacturers such as BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota will receive the update later.

CarPlay has been designed from the ground up to provide drivers with an incredible experience using their iPhone in the car, iPhone users always want their content at their fingertips and CarPlay lets drivers use their iPhone in the car with minimized distraction. We have an amazing lineup of auto partners rolling out CarPlay, and we’re thrilled it will make its debut this week in Geneva.

This feature was originally named “iOS in the Car” when it was announced at last years Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) by Apple. CarPlay will be available as an update to iOS 7 and works with Lighting-enabled iPhones which means currently it is limited to the iPhone 5, iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c.

UnOfficial Lightning connectors coming soon!

iPhoneMod 30pin lightningThe iPhone accessory manufacturer is continuing with its development of an unauthorized iPhone 5 Lightning dock adapter. There are currently advertising a few models of connectors including a black or white 30-pin dock adapter and a Micro USB connector.

Both of the products mentioned above will be direct replacements for official apple products, allowing you to connect old devices to your new iPhone, the 30 Pin Dock Adapter is priced at $15.90 (£9.87 by today’s exchange rates) whereas the official apple adapter is priced at £25.00 The Micro USB adapter is also rather cheaper being priced at $9.90 (£6.15 by today’s rates) when the official connector is £15.00.

iPhoneMod MicroUSBThe website is also offering a “2 in 1” kit containing both the adapters mentioned above for $24.90 (£15.46 by today’s rates) and all ordered are due to be posted in the next 2 – 3 weeks. Apple still hasn’t allowed third-party accessory manufacturers to officially support the new Lightning standard and so customers are in many cases turning to unofficial sources for accessories that are either unavailable as authorized products or available at much higher prices from Apple. There have been questions about the quality of many of these unauthorized accessories, but some users are willing to take chances on products for which official alternatives do not yet exist or which carry significantly higher pricing.

iPhone 5

Its finally here, and worryingly for an Apple device with Steve Jobs out the picture all the rumors seem to have come true!

iPhone 5 Splash

To summarize the new iPhone will have a longer 4″ screen and will also support LTE networks, the new design has slightly beveled corners and the metal strip around the outside of the case is colour coded black or white to match the fascia. The device will utilize a faster A6 chip alongside what seems to be completely re-designed WiFi and Cellular chips to enable “faster WiFi” and access to the faster LTE Network. Apple have also designed new ear bud headphones that are included with the iPhone that are apparently “re-designed from the sound up”


4 inch Retina Display

The new 4 inch retina display lets you see more of everything, and everything you see is more lifelike and vivid, its a larger more beautiful canvas made the right way because even though the display is bigger then handset is the same width as previous models making it just as easy to use with one hand.

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Ultrafast Wireless

With support for the latest LTE wireless technologies the iPhone 5 connects to fast networks all over the world. WiFi is now even faster too with remarkable streaming and download speeds wherever you may be.


Powerfull A6 Chip

The all new designed A6 chip used in the new iPhone is remarkably powerful yet not power hungry, CPU performance and graphics are up to twice as fast as on the A5 chip and with an even better battery life.


iSight Camera

iPhone is the most popular camera in the world. For good reason. Photos look so stunning, it’s hard to believe they were taken with a mobile phone. And everything that made the iSight camera in iPhone 4S the world’s favorite is now on iPhone 5 — and then some. The new panorama feature lets you capture everything from a family reunion group photo to a jaw-dropping shot of the Grand Canyon. With one smooth motion you can shoot up to an impressive 240 degrees. The gyroscope, A6 chip, and Camera app work together to create one seamless, high-resolution panorama up to 28 megapixels.

Another feature worth mentioning is that the front facing camera is now HD quality for using with FaceTime calls.

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Lightning Connector

Making iPhone 5 thinner and lighter required a pivotal change: replacing the 30-pin connector with something newer, smaller, and better. Introducing the Lightning connector. It features an all-digital, eight-signal design that’s significantly more durable than the 30-pin connector. Another brilliant feature of Lightning: It’s reversible. Which means there’s no wrong way to plug in the cable.


Apple Maps

The new Maps app gives you a better way to find your way. Map elements are vector based, which means graphics and text are incredibly sharp, even when you zoom in. Pan around, and you’ll instantly notice how smooth and responsive Maps is. Need directions from Point A to Point B? Maps not only shows you how to get there, it tells you — out loud, turn by turn. Maps also gives you real-time traffic information and reroutes you to avoid delays. For a completely new perspective, switch to Flyover and explore major metro areas from above with photo-realistic, interactive 3D views.


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