AWT News Update: May 13, 2016

Ahhh, another slow news Friday for Apple! What happened on this Friday the 13th? Lots of stuff with cars...

  • You can buy a rather expensive 9-inch CarPlay display for 2011 and newer Jeep Wranglers from Alpine
  • If you own certain models of Kia automobiles that have a built in UVO 3 infotainment system, you'll get CarPlay for free later this year
  • Apple's Wallet app may become much more useful soon, as the UK's DVLA is prototyping a digital driver's license that uses the Wallet

The text version of this podcast can be found below.

Text Version

Hi, I’m Steve Sande from Apple World Today, and this is the AWT News Update for May 13, 2016. Our sponsor this week is Elgato Eve Energy, providing Apple HomeKit-compatible control of your home through Siri.

Have a 2011 or newer Jeep Wrangler that you’d like to bring into the future with CarPlay? Alpine has just introduced the aftermarket i109-WRA, which features a huge 9-inch touchscreen and is designed for use with your iPhone. Volume, track, home and Siri hard keys are accessible on the dash kit. With CarPlay, you’ll be able to make calls, use Siri to send messages, and use a lot of car-friendly apps with a minimum of distractions. The unit is a bit pricey, though — it’s selling for $2,500.

Speaking of CarPlay, if you have a 2017 Kia Sportage or 2016 Kia Optima with the UVO 3 infotainment system or a compatible navigation system, you’ll have CarPlay support. People who have these vehicles simply need to go to sometime in the third quarter of 2016 and download an update that will provide the CarPlay compatibility.

And now for something completely different… The CEO of the United Kingdom’s Driver Vehicle Licensing Agency or DVLA today tweeted out a photo showing a prototype driver’s license that uses Apple’s Wallet app on iPhones. Apparently the feature — if it is actually released — will be an add-on to a physical card and not a replacement. In the United States, Iowa is looking into having digital driver’s licenses, and has started a pilot program. Iowa is working with a separate app rather than the Wallet app, and the company that’s helping Iowa to implement the license is apparently in talks with 20 other states.

That’s about it for today and this week. Shares in Apple were up slightly today after the worst week in years, with the stock price closing at $90.52 per share.

We’ll be back tomorrow afternoon with another edition of the AWT News Update.