Early last month, 9to5Mac suggested that Apple is developing a modified version of iOS (its mobile operating system) that can work on touchscreens in cars. Yesterday, at Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference, we learned that the rumor is true.
During his portion of the computing world's best-known dog-and-pony show, Apple Vice President Eddy Cue didn't provide many details about the in-dash version of iOS. However, he did reveal a few important facts and provided some tantalizing clues of what's to come:
The big news here, of course, is that the iPhone is America's best-selling smartphone. As a result, this new version of iOS could help Apple shore up its eroding market share and help automakers make some very big profits. It's true that more folks now use Android, but the Android platform is very, very fragmented, with different phones and carriers using different versions of the software. In other words, finding a one-size-fits-all Android equivalent to Apple's in-dash software will be difficult for now.
That said, Samsung's Galaxy series is very, very popular, and it has released a number of interesting Android-based features for drivers. It's not ready to compete with iOS just yet, but that day could be coming soon -- maybe even before iOS rolls into cars next year.
For more details and commentary, check out our colleagues at Motor Authority.