By Stephen Schenck | January 21, 2014 3:03 PM
As we saw yesterday with the release of the latest beta, Apple’s work towards the release of iOS 7.1 continues in earnest. One of the more significant developments to arrive with the launch of 7.1 is expected to be iOS in the Car, as first revealed by Apple when announcing iOS 7 at WWDC last year. Overnight, one iOS developer posted a series of new screenshots to Twitter, and while their content hasn’t been officially confirmed, speculation is rife that what we’re looking at here is indeed the forthcoming iOS in the Car interface.
At least – it may be. There’s the possibility that we’re looking at something that developer Steven Troughton-Smith has been working on himself, but considering both the way he presented these images, dumping on Twitter without explanation, and his past involvement in the hackier side of iOS development, we’re inclined to believe that we may be looking at the real deal.
Certainly, these images present the sort of hyper-focused, minimalist interface that would really lend itself to vehicle usage, cutting down on distractions and giving drivers just the info they need. We don’t see it active in these pics, but that dashed circle in the upper left should function as a compass heading when engaged.
While we only see Maps among the apps supporting this mode, we’re sure to see that joined by a few others by the time this feature is ready to go live. If what we’ve heard about Apple’s schedule is accurate, that could finally happen sometime in March.