Apple CarPlay coming to over 40 new car models in 2015

After a sluggish first year, Apple's in-dash smartphone software is finally picking up steam.

Photo by Pioneer

It looks like Apple's CarPlay in-dash connectivity is finally picking up steam. Every major automaker is now committed to delivering vehicles featuring CarPlay in future vehicles, Apple's Tim Cook announced today at its Spring Forward event in San Francisco, one year (almost to the day) after the announcement of the software.

Apple CarPlay is software installed in the infotainment system of a car that allows a connected iPhone to take over the dashboard display, replacing it with a simplified version of Apple's iOS 8. CarPlay allows the user to interact with the audio and audio-streaming services, messages, maps and phone functions of their iPhone while locking the driver out of more distracting apps and functions not directly related to driving the car.

iPhone users spent most of 2014 wondering what was taking so long for CarPlay finally hit the road, but it looks like the wait is finally coming to an end. According to Apple's count, today's announcement means that "more than 40 new models" of vehicles will be shipping with CarPlay-enabled dashboards by the end of 2015. That's in addition to the smattering of aftermarket receivers (such as those from Pioneer and Alpine) that are currently on the market that allow CarPlay to be added to many current models.

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