Apple CarPlay to bring iPhone experience to your next car’s dashboard | Mobile – CNET News

What once was iOS in the Car is now CarPlay, and Ferrari, Mercedes, and Volvo will all have models on display at this week’s Geneva auto show.

We’ve been covering Apple’s plans for iOS in the Car quite closely, and now the final product is being shown to the world — and given a new name.

Gone with that mouthful, in with the new moniker: CarPlay. (Not to be confused with a Monster product by the same name.) The concept stays the same: replication of a simplified iOS interface into a touchscreen display in the car, plus extensive voice command. As we saw in earlier videos, the focus here is simplicity and safety, with no complex interface elements and, seemingly, no virtual keyboards.

And, it wouldn’t be an iPhone experience without music, and you’ll be able to listen to music and podcasts plus Spotify and iHeartRadio. However, those appear to be the only non-Apple apps that will be available through CarPlay, at least for now. It remains to be seen whether there will be an API exposed that will allow other third-party developers to get in on the fun. But, we expect to learn quite a bit more between now and when the first cars hit dealers later this year from manufacturers like Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo. (Just about every other marque will follow suit next year.)