At its Spring Forward event, Apple announced that its connected car solution will appear in more than 40 new car models this year. The CarPlay software turns over a vehicle’s digital dashboard to a simplified version of iOS 8 so that the driver can use voice or touch controls to access navigation, phone calls and messages, and music while on the road.
Here is a video review of the CarPlay system:
Where does radio fit into Apple CarPlay? CarPlay is nothing more than a reproduction and simplification of a smartphone in the screen of a digital dashboard. So, for most users, FM radio exists in aggregating apps like iHeartRadio and TuneIn. However, the automakers can bundle radio as a separate, dedicated app in their own digital systems (which run side-by-side with CarPlay), or even as a button/dial radio in the dashboard.
As expected, the recent event had no mention of Apple’s relaunch of Beats Music. Any new plans for a streaming music platform are thought to be announced in the summer at WWDC.