iPhones may be about to do more than just answer calls and play music in your car in the near future. Reports are starting to surface stating that Apple is developing a technology that will enable iPhones to control the radio, climate system, seats and more. The project is internally codenamed ‘IronHeart’ and is intended to make it so that users won’t have to switch back and forth between CarPlay and their car’s infotainment software.
IronHeart is something that is going to require the cooperation of auto manufacturers to get working, but I don’t think that is going to be a problem for Apple.
This move will make Apple an even more recognized brand in the automotive space. This seems to be unrelated to Cupertino’s long-running interest in its own electric car strategy, but it will certainly provide Apple with more experience in developing and working with a wider range of automotive systems and components.
Adopting this system would essentially bypass a car’s native native interface for many common tasks, which is something that is sorely needed as most car manufacturers are terrible at making user interfaces.