Apple delves into automobiles with car dashboard software

CUPERTINO, Calif., June 6 (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) announced on Monday it will more deeply integrate its software into key car steering systems, as the iPhone maker rolled out a series of payment features. 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 1.2kg and will have a 1080p high definition camera to provide better images on video calls. The MacBook Air will start at $1,199, Apple announced at WWDC 2022, its annual software developer conference. see More information

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

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Apple showed off a new car dashboard that it said would be able to display data from key instruments such as speed, fuel levels and fuel consumption. Apple said it is 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 key driving systems than previous versions that were limited to the vehicle’s infotainment screens to play music and show maps. Apple said vehicles using the software will not be announced until the end of next year.

Polestar, a premium electric vehicle maker owned by China’s 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. . Which Polestar cars will get the latest version announced by Apple on Monday is under discussion and no further information was available, he said.

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

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

Apple’s iPad also received a revamp of its operating system to make it easier for users to juggle multiple apps and screens and more easily collaborate on business-centric documents such as 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 via Apple’s FaceTime service. Productivity features put Apple in more direct competition with Microsoft (MSFT.O), whose Surface tablet computers are popular with business users.

Apple also added an edit button to iMessage for outgoing messages, surpassing Twitter (TWTR.N) as 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 introduced a new technology called Passkeys to replace passwords on websites. Apple said passwords are more secure than traditional passwords because passwords are never stored on a web server. The company said it is working to allow the use of passwords with non-Apple devices.

Apple has also introduced tweaks to popular apps, including live sports scores on Apple TV, making the shared video preview app available in messages and shared tabs in your browser.

Apple shares closed down less than 1%, a level similar to the beginning of the presentation.

So far, Apple has only provided a few updates for augmented reality developers. He 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 hints about future devices like a mixed reality headset. Such a device would be Apple’s first entry into a new category of computing device since the Apple Watch launched in 2015 and would put it in direct competition with Meta (FB.O), which has released plans for a headphone code. reality game called ” Cambria” to 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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