In addition to our standalone articles covering the latest Apple news and rumors at MacRumors, this Quick Takes column provides a bite-sized recap of other headlines about Apple and its competitors on weekdays.Tuesday, March 6
Apple confirms it will stop accepting new iTunes LP album submissions at the end of March: Apple says existing LP albums will not be removed and will remain available to download via iTunes on Mac or PC.
Commentary: iTunes LPs, introduced in 2009, are interactive albums with multimedia such as lyrics, liner notes, artist and band photos, performance videos, and more. A lot of this content can now be found in Apple Music, so it’s no [...]
Apple has expanded its California fleet of self-driving vehicles from three registered last April to 27 as of early 2018, according to a new report posted by Bloomberg today and sourced from emails with the California Department of Motor Vehicles.
Following the first three vehicle registrations, from July 2017 to January 2018 Apple has registered 24 more Lexus RX450h sports utility vehicles in California as part of its self-driving tests. The company is believed to be „accelerating“ efforts to catch up to one of the current leaders in the self-driving field, Alphabet’s Waymo.
One of Apple’s previous self-driving Lexus vehicles spotted on the [...]
Toyota today is introducing its all-new 2019 Avalon at the North American International Auto Show in Detroit, and MacRumors has confirmed it is the automaker’s first vehicle with support for Apple’s CarPlay.
In addition to the Avalon, Toyota plans to expand CarPlay compatibility to its other 2019 model year vehicles and beyond with its Entune 3.0 multimedia system, according to Toyota spokesperson Brian Lyons. Toyota said CarPlay will initially be available in vehicles sold in the United States only.
Entune 3.0 is already included with the 2018 Camry and 2018 Sienna, so CarPlay should be available in 2019 models of those vehicles at the very least. [...]
This week at CES, Ford provided new details about a partnership with navigation app Waze, which will bring Waze’s GPS directions onto the touch screen of SYNC 3 vehicles when connected via USB to an iPhone. Powered by Ford AppLink, the feature will let users operate Waze „completely through a vehicle’s touch screen,“ as well as allow for voice control.
As long as the Ford vehicle includes a SYNC 3 infotainment system, users will be able to plug their iPhone into the USB port while running Waze to see the app projected onto the dashboard’s touch screen system. Afterwards, all of Waze’s features will be accessible, including crowdsourced [...]