IOS 14 allows deaf users set alerts for important sounds

IOS 14 allows deaf users set alerts for important sounds

Apple revealed the new iOS 14 during its first digital Worldwide Developers Conference that included a range of cutting edge features.

The first auto supported will be the new 2021 BMW 5 series, which comes out next month, and Apple says its working on an industry-wide standard that would use its new U1 ultra-widebandchip instead of relying exclusively on NFC. In order to start the engine and use the auto the phone will have to be placed in the smartphone tray in the BMW. Volvo offers a similar service in which keys can be shared with smartphones. It's part of iOS 14 and will allow users to unlock their auto via their iPhone, provided the vehicle has the correct compatibility. The chip is a more precise short-range radio tech that will allow the iPhone to stay in your pocket, purse, or bag and work much like wireless key fobs work today with push-button start.

Once inside, the driver places their iPhone inside the charger and pushes the ignition button to start the vehicle. "China remains a key ingredient in Apple's recipe for success as we estimate roughly 20% of iPhone upgrades will be coming from this region over the coming year".

The digital key also incorporates power reserves for the iPhone, helping the key to still function for up to five hours if the iPhone turns off due to low battery.

Drivers will also be able to share the access to the vehicle with their family and friends by sending them an iMessage with the permissions.

Apple and BMW have been working with the Car Connectivity Consortium (CCC) to press ahead with the establishment of global standards.

This system will be available on almost all BMWs built from 1 July onwards, including the 1 Series, 2 Series Gran Coupe, 3 Series, 4 Series, 5 Series, 8 Series, X5, X6, X7 and Z4 models. Also added new context from Apple's web site and a developer video about the digital auto keys.

While Apple's years-long ambition to build its own vehicle has not materialized, its CarPlay infotainment system is available in 97% of new cars, according to the company.

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