Developer Steven Troughton-Smith did some digging into the currently shipping version of iOS, iOS 7.0.3 — not a beta! — and found iOS in the Car, something Apple announced back at WWDC 2013 in June but isn't shipping until laster this year. He notes in the YouTube description:

  • Supports Multiple Resolutions
  • Supports touchscreens (presumably single-touch?), hardware buttons, wheels and touchpads
  • Does not support multitasking - car display will always show same current on-screen app as iPhone (which can be locked/asleep)
  • Whitelisted to specific Apple apps - no public API for developers [yet?]
  • Has no keyboard UI - voice recognition as input
  • UI clearly subject to change
  • Missing functionality in video is due to iOS Simulator not containing all the stock iOS apps

A type of bi-directional AirPlay, iOS in the Car will let Apple project their interface, and receive data back, from built-in displays from a slew of upcoming automobile manufacturers. Beyond that, I'm still hoping for iOS on the Camera, iOS in the Home, and much, much more from this technology in the future.

Check out the video and let me know — what do you think of iOS in the Car?