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Harman has opened its head unit with support for CarPlay and Android Auto up for preorder, a unit it first showed off at CES in January. The JBL Legend CP100 in-dash receiver is an aftermarket upgrade for an existing 2-DIN in-car entertainment system that adds in connectivity with smartphones, including access to calling and messaging functions, turn-by-turn navigation sourced from the mobile device's mapping app, and management of music playback.
New vehicles arriving later this year from Honda, Kia, and Lincoln will support Apple's CarPlay platform, as well as Android Auto. The latest announcements follow a long series of similar moves by most major car manufacturers for many model year 2016 and 2017 vehicles. Even Ford, a long holdout, said it would bring CarPlay support to its Sync 3-equipped 2017 cars, leaving Toyota as one of the major holdouts for now. The three carmakers have specified one model each for CarPlay support.
Apple's in-car technology that integrates the iPhone with a built-in infotainment system, CarPlay, has been named as "best individual technology feature in a vehicle" during the North American International Auto Show, held in Detroit. CarPlay won out ahead of Google's Android Auto, Ford's Sync 3, and a variety of competing systems. The technology has -- two years after its debut -- picked up a lot of support recently from slow-moving automakers, and is appearing in many model-year 2016 and 2017 vehicles.
Hyundai has revealed that it will launch its 2017 Elantra with both Apple CarPlay and Google's Android Auto support, along with adding a second USB port to the car in order to facilitate charging other devices while the iPhone or Android device is connected to the infotainment system. The company also said it will announce other models to gain CarPlay and Android Auto support, and hinted that some current model year owners may be able to add the technology to their existing vehicles.
Last month, Apple registered three car-related domain names -- apple.car, apple.cars, and apple.auto -- using the MarkMonitor registrar and fueling further speculation on the plans and timetable for a rumored foray into either advanced car augmentation or outright car manufacturing. While there is little firm evidence that Apple actually plans to make a car -- numerous regulatory and federal filings would be required, which the company doesn't appear to have done -- it seems likely that it is researching, and possibly working with a secret partner, on more advanced car technology beyond the existing CarPlay option.
Following an announcement at CES in Las Vegas by aftermarket infotainment system maker Pioneer, rival Kenwood has announced a revamping of its double-DIN multimedia receiver line. The firm revealed 15 new models, 12 of which replace a previous model in its Kenwood or eXcelon model lines. The big change that prompted the whole-line revamp was a processor upgrade, said the company, which improved stability and faster startup, along with a new native user interface, new shortcuts, and new solid-state memory that helps to double data-transfer speeds.
On Wednesday, Pioneer announced a new series of NEX dash systems that will expand options for automobile owners that want to add CarPlay- or Android Auto-compatible aftermarket systems to their vehicles. The news comes on top of numerous CarPlay compatibility announcements by big-name automakers, though there are still a number of companies that have not yet committed to offering either of the two smartphone-based infotainment systems.
Countries that celebrate the lunar new year (which begins on February 8 this year) will see specially-designed editions of Apple's Watch Sport and Beats Solo2 headphones as part of the company's annual observation of the major shopping holiday. Buyers in mainland China, Singapore, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Malaysia will be able to get the limited-edition items, which are also tied in with the Global Fund's PRODUCT (Red) campaign, meaning some proceeds will go to fight AIDS, HIV, and malaria in Africa and other countries.
On Monday, Ford took itself off the list of car manufacturers that had not formalized their plans for Apple's CarPlay technology (and to a lesser extent Google's Android Auto) by announcing that all 2017 Ford models that include the company's Sync 3 platform will have them as standard. Later this year, 2016 model owners with the Sync 3 system, which is powered by BlackBerry's QNX, will be able to add CarPlay compatibility. In related news, rival Toyota will adopt Ford's SmartDeviceLink API so that app developers can write software for the company's vehicles.
Owners of the 2015 and 2016 model year Hyundai Sonatas will be able to retroactively add CarPlay support early next year, but will have to pay for the privilege. The car company had previously promised that the CarPlay upgrade would be free, but now says owners will have to buy a special SD card in order to obtain the upgrade, according to the Detroit Free Press. The company's broken promise and change of direction could spark legal action, as the same vehicles can use Google's Android Auto without paying extra.
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TestFlight updated for iOS, watchOS
Apple on Thursday updated its developer-oriented TestFlight software to version 1.3.2 for compatibility with apps being developed for iOS 9.3 watchOS 2.2, along with the usual "stability and performance improvements." Some developers, however, are still reporting some issues loading beta apps onto the watchOS 2.2 beta. The latest beta for developers was released on Monday, and is available through the App Store or Apple's developer portal. [3.60MB] http://apple.co/1PQ64pF