Looks like Toyota users can expect a CarPlay option in 2015.
Earlier this month, Apple announced CarPlay, a version of iOS for dashboard infotainment systems in cars. The announcement was made in time for the Geneva Motor Show, and Apple confirmed that Mercedes, Volvo, and Ferrari would be showing off CarPlay dashes at the show. However, Toyota was also named as a future CarPlay partner, and it looks like the company was excited to talk about its own CarPlay plans.
Toyota UK today blogged about CarPlay, mentioning that it would be available in Toyota cars starting in 2015. This was news, considering neither Toyota nor Apple had talked about the availability of CarPlay in Toyota vehicles before. However, given Toyota was not one of the companies that Apple mentioned when it talked about CarPlay being available in cars shipping in 2014, it's not exactly a surprise either. Toyota UK has since removed the mention of 2015, stating:
"A previous version of this article said Apple CarPlay would be in Toyota cars from 2015. This is incorrect and we are happy to put the matter straight. No announcements have been made about if and when Apple CarPlay will arrive in Toyota cars."
Not strictly true, since Apple highlighted Toyota Motor Group as one of the 'additional auto manufacturers bringing CarPlay to their drivers down the road.' Still, Toyota UK probably wasn't supposed to share the 'when' more than the 'if.'
FYI, other auto manufacturers named by Apple are:
- BMW Group
- General Motors
- Hyundai Motor Company
- Jaguar Land Rover
- Kia Motors
- Mitsubishi Motors
- Nissan Motor Company
- PSA Peugeot Citroën