“There are some stories floating around about CarPlay being run by, powered by, or something by QNX, BlackBerry’s embedded operating system division,” Rene Ritchie reports for iMore.

“A better way to phrase it is that CarPlay ‘takes over the user experience’ of in-vehicle infotainment systems running QNX,” Ritchie reports. “Here’s the thing: Apple doesn’t make or license embedded operating systems for smart cars just like they don’t make or license embedded operating systems for TVs. They simply hook into what’s already there, be it a Ferrari or a Panasonic, via CarPlay or Apple TV.”

“When a car company partners with Apple, the QNX team (or maybe the embedded Android team or whomever runs the infotainment system) absolutely has to make sure everything that CarPlay needs is in place,” Ritchie reports. “That’s why Apple works with them. Which is pretty much what they had to do in the past, albeit in a much simpler way, for the old iPod connectors program… There’s a huge advantage to this approach. If you have an iPhone, you get in, plug in, CarPlay comes up, and you go. If you don’t have an iPhone, you get in and whatever infortainment experience the manufacturer has built-in comes up. ”

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