Apple dives deeper into automotive with car dashboard software

CUPERTINO, Calif., June 6 (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) said on Monday it would integrate its software more deeply into cars’ core driving systems, as the iPhone maker rolled out a host of features for payments and business. collaboration.

Apple also announced that its new MacBook Air laptop has been redesigned around a new M2 silicon processor, which it says is 35% faster than the previous M1 chip. The new laptop will weigh 2.7 pounds (1.2 kg) and will have a 1080p high-definition camera to provide better images during video calls. The MacBook Air will start at $1,199, Apple announced at WWDC 2022, its annual software developer conference. Read more

The M2 chip will also power the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which will start at $1,299 and be available next month. Pricing is $100 lower for education customers, with Apple targeting the back-to-school market.

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Apple has introduced a new car dashboard that it claims will be able to display data from key instruments such as speed, fuel levels and gas mileage. Apple said it was in talks with automakers including Ford Motor Co (FN), Nissan Motor Co (7201.T) and Honda Motor Corp (7267.T).

The software connects more deeply to the base driving systems than previous versions which were limited to the vehicle’s infotainment screens for playing music and displaying maps. Apple said vehicles using the software won’t be announced until late next year.

Polestar, the Chinese-owned premium electric vehicle maker Geely (GEELY.UL) and Volvo Cars, is installing the current version of Apple CarPlay in its Polestar 2 cars via an over-the-air update later this month, said Polestar spokesman JP Canton. . Polestar cars that will receive the new version announced by Apple on Monday are under discussion and no further information is available, he said.

A spokeswoman for Ford, which announced a software deal with Alphabet (GOOGL.O) Google last year, declined to comment on Apple’s announcement. Ford and other automakers have formed a number of alliances with major companies in the tech industry, including Apple, Google and Amazon.com (AMZN.O). But automakers remain reluctant to allow tech giants unfettered access to data generated by connected cars, or allow them to replace automakers’ brands with their own in dashboard displays.

Apple also announced that users can buy now and pay later for their purchases. Apple Pay Later will be available wherever Apple Pay is accepted and managed through Apple Wallet. Users can make four equal payments without interest or fees. The move puts Apple in competition with payment providers like Affirm Holdings Inc (AFRM.O) and PayPal Holdings Inc (PYPL.O).

Apple’s iPad also received an operating system overhaul to make it easier for users to juggle multiple apps and screens and collaborate more easily on business-centric documents like presentations. The company also previewed an app called Freeform, which will act as a virtual whiteboard that multiple users can tap to share ideas during video meetings through Apple’s FaceTime service. Productivity features put Apple in more direct competition with Microsoft (MSFT.O), whose Surface tablets are popular among business users.

Apple also added an edit button to iMessage for sent messages, beating Twitter (TWTR.N) for a long-requested feature.

The tech giant is also adding a tool called “Safety Check” to disable access to sensitive information for people in abusive situations.

Apple has introduced a new technology called Passkeys to replace passwords on websites. Apple said passkeys are more secure than traditional passwords because passkeys are never stored on a web server. The company said it was working to enable the use of Passkeys with non-Apple devices.

Apple has also made changes to popular apps, including live sports scores on Apple TV, making the shared video viewing app available in messaging and shared tabs on its browser.

Apple shares closed lower than 1%, similar to their level at the start of the presentation.

So far, Apple has only provided a few updates to augmented reality developers. It introduced a new interface called RoomPlan, which uses the iPhone and iPad to create a 3D floor plan of a room.

Apple hasn’t provided any indication of future devices such as a mixed reality headset. Such a device would be Apple’s first entry into a new category of computing device since the release of the Apple Watch in 2015 and would put it in direct competition with Meta (FB.O), which has unveiled plans for a code reality headset called “Cambria” which will be released this year.

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Reporting by Stephen Nellis; Additional reporting by Nivedita Balu, Shivansh Tiwary and Bhanvi Satijain in Bengaluru, and Joseph White and Ben Klayman in Detroit; Editing by Peter Henderson and Lisa Shumaker

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