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Apple CarPlay puts your iPhone on your car dashboard

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The new service, a rebranded version of 
iOS in the Car, extends the iOS 7 interface into your vehicle – enabling drivers to use Maps, make calls and access messages and music from the dashboard display.

Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo will introduce CarPlay to their vehicles starting this week, while BMW, Ford, GM, Honda, Hyundai, Jaguar, Land Rover, Kia, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Peugeot, Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota are signed up to integrate CarPlay in future. Quite a roster: proof that it Apple says ‘jump’, just about anyone will ask ‘how high’?

Depending on your vehicle’s multimedia setup, you can control CarPlay using Siri voice recognition, your in-car touchscreen or physical buttons and knobs.

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Naturally, Apple’s virtual digital assistant, Siri, will be available on the service for dictating messages and returning calls. It also plays nice with Apple’s own Podcasts app, as well as third-party apps including Beats Radio, iHeartRadio, Spotify and Stitcher.

If you’re hoping to use CarPlay with your iPhone 4S, though, you’re out of luck – the system will only work with Lightning-equipped iPhone 5, 5c and 5s devices. 

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