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In a groundbreaking collaboration, Apple is teaming up with prestigious automakers to bring a touch of individuality to the CarPlay environment. Porsche and Aston Martin, renowned for their high-end performance vehicles, are the first to showcase the bespoke CarPlay interfaces that will elevate the driving experience in their upcoming models.
The latest iteration of CarPlay leaps forward by seamlessly integrating into all displays within the vehicle, not limiting itself to just the central infotainment screen. While maintaining the familiar CarPlay functionality, the new design offers multiple template options and unique details to embody the essence of each brand.
Porsche’s CarPlay interface, for example, boasts a distinctive touch with three circular gauges in the cluster and a background wallpaper mirroring the iconic houndstooth (or Pepita in Porsche terminology) seat pattern.
On the other hand, Aston Martin takes a slightly different approach. Its interface features a central information screen flanked by a circular speedometer and tachometer, the latter adorned with “Handbuilt in Great Britain” wraparound text.
Despite the reliance on an iPhone for app-related information, Apple’s next-generation CarPlay taps into the host vehicle for driving-specific data. It’s important to note that the connected iPhones neither store nor track this vehicle-sourced information, ensuring user privacy.
The integration with the vehicle allows the new CarPlay to seamlessly display information from the native infotainment system, including details like tire pressure information. This added connection enhances the overall driving experience.
While Porsche hasn’t provided specific launch details for the new CarPlay in its models, Aston Martin has confirmed that Apple’s next-gen setup is compatible with its latest infotainment system, set to debut in 2024 with vehicles like the DB12 coupe and DB12 convertible.
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