The first vehicle with Apple's new CarPlay automotive integration is finally hitting the market, and it just so happens to have a V12 engine and cost $300,000. Yeah, the first CarPlay vehicle is the 2015 Ferrari FF. But in addition to Apple's in-car navigation, communication, and media suite you get a 6.3-liter V12 pumping out 651 horsepower and 504 lb-ft of torque good for a 0-to-60 time of 3.4 seconds and top speed of 208 miles per hour that will shove your head through the back of the headrest. Oh, and Siri.
Since the announcement of Apple's CarPlay we've seen details emerge about how the system will work in the vehicles of both Volvo and Mercedes-Benz, and now Ferrari has shown off its system as well. While it works just like the systems in Volvo and Mercedes cars, it appears that the Ferrari system also utilizes a resistive touchscreen, which requires users to press firmly to register touches.
Apple's iOS in the Car is reportedly set to launch next week. The bi-directional feature that will let you bean select elements of your iPhone's interface — like Maps, iMessage, and music — to your in-vehicule display will initially roll out in partnership with Ferrari, Mercedes Benz, and Volvo.
EA has pushed out another impressive update to its equally impressive iOS racer, Real Racing 3, that for the first time brings cars from Ferrari into the mix. Not just any Ferraris either, but the F12 berlinetta, the FF and my own personal favorite, the 458 Italia. It's not just new cars either, the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona has been added too, along with a whole lot more.
Ferrari said today that it is in talks with Apple to expanding their in-car entertainment partnership, also unveiling a new, iPad mini-equipped car. The car, called “LaFerrari”, is a 1 million euro hybrid four-seat vehicle with iPad minis in the passenger seats. LaFerrari was announced at the Geneva motor show. Bloomberg reports:
Eddy Cue, Apple's senior vice president of internet software and services, has joined the board of directors of Italian hypercar maker, Ferrari. In the press release announcing Ferrari's financial results of the first nine months of 2012, they also announced the appointment.