“Every major car brand has committed to delivering CarPlay,” said Cook.
The infotainment smartphone interface, which ‘mirrors’ Apple iPhone apps and makes them available for in-car use, is expected to roll out across multiple brands, even though only Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz currently offer the system in dealer showrooms.
The new Volvo XC90 will also offer Apple CarPlay though, and analysts say it will quickly become ‘near-ubiquitous’ in new cars.
The one big exception is global giant Toyota, which has stated it plans to stick with in-house solutions rather than add-on software tech such as CarPlay.
Apple CarPlay joins Google Android Auto in adding on functionality to let drivers control their smartphones through automotive-optimised interfaces.
The MirrorLink open standard is also available and it is expected most major brands will incorporate all three systems into future models.