“Apple steered its focus at this week’s Worldwide Developers Conference on the newly minted operating systems it is planning to bring out in the fall, OS X Yosemite for the Mac and iOS 8 for iPads and iPhones,” Edward C. Baig reports for USA Today. “But the three vehicles parked on the second floor of the Moscone Center here—a stunning Ferrari, Chevy Spark, and a jazzed up 1965 Ford Mustang—served as very visible reminders that Apple also has designs on the highway.”

“The cars included demonstration units of CarPlay, the communications, entertainment and navigational in-car system Apple plans to make available to on select 2014 vehicles starting this summer, with after-market head-unit options from Pioneer and Alpine also in the works,” Baig reports. “With your iPhone docked via USB to the CarPlay system, you’ll see an in-dash display with iOS-style apps for your Phone, Maps (Apple’s not Google’s of course), Music, Messages and more, including such third-party solutions as MLB Radio.”

“The icons and the way they’re presented are like a larger representation of the phone display. The actual in-vehicle displays and how you control them will vary by car—touch-screen, buttons, knobs or some combination,” Baig reports.You can also summon Siri to dial by voice, or to send, read, or reply to messages.”

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[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Fred Mertz” and “Jersey_Trader” for the heads up.]

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