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Thursday, December 18, 2014

Apple Introduces CarPlay Guidelines For Its 'Made-For-iPhone/iPad/iPod' (MFi) Program

Apple recently introduced official guidelines for companies intending to integrate CarPlay in their hardware through its 'Made-for-iPhone/iPad/iPod' (MFi) licensing program. The program is the same one that enables third-party manufacturers to make Apple accessories like chargers, cables, docks etc.

CarPlay has been available for a few weeks now and has been received with primarily positive responses. Currently, two aftermarket head unit manufacturers (Pioneer and Alpine) have CarPlay-enabled head units for sale. With the guidelines being officially released now, more companies may follow.

The guidelines offer minimum requirements for integrating CarPlay into hardware. For example, a USB connection is required for displaying and using CarPlay. The display needs to have a minimum resolution of 800x480 with a refresh rate of 30Hz and touch input. A tactile button for Siri is also recommended.

Apple will require all hardware to go through the MFi program, which means authentication chips will be required in order to prevent unofficial products from offering CarPlay.

More information on whether other aftermarket companies will offer CarPlay in the future will be available in the coming months. Car companies will begin rolling out the software in their vehicles in 2015.


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