Apple is collaborating with esteemed automakers to infuse distinctive brand elements into the CarPlay environment. Porsche and Aston Martin are the first to showcase this collaboration, providing a sneak peek into the bespoke CarPlay interfaces set to grace their upcoming models.
The latest iteration of CarPlay takes a leap forward by seamlessly integrating into all displays within a vehicle, expanding beyond the central infotainment screen. While retaining the familiar CarPlay functionality, the interface now offers multiple template options and special details tailored to embody the essence of each brand.
Porsche’s preview of the CarPlay interface reveals a cluster featuring three circular gauges and a background wallpaper mirroring the iconic houndstooth (Pepita in Porsche terminology) seat pattern synonymous with the brand. In contrast, Aston Martin takes a unique approach, incorporating a central information screen flanked by a circular speedometer and tachometer, with the latter adorned by “Handbuilt in Great Britain” wraparound text.
Apple’s next-generation CarPlay, while relying on an iPhone for app-related information, leverages the host vehicle to furnish driving-specific data. It’s emphasized that connected iPhones neither store nor track this vehicle-derived information. Moreover, this enhanced connectivity enables the new CarPlay to display information from the vehicle’s native infotainment system seamlessly, including details such as tire pressure information.
Porsche has not provided specific launch timing for the introduction of this upgraded CarPlay in its models. In contrast, Aston Martin has disclosed that Apple’s next-gen setup is compatible with its latest infotainment system, set to debut in 2024 with vehicles like the DB12 coupe and DB12 convertible (or Volante, as Aston Martin refers to it).
Given Porsche’s affiliation with the Volkswagen Group and Aston Martin’s ties to Lucid and Mercedes, it is conceivable that this technology will eventually find its way into other vehicles within their respective portfolios in the near future.