Apple delves into cars with in-vehicle dashboard software

June 6 (Reuters) – Apple Inc (AAPL.O) It announced Monday that it will integrate its software more deeply into the dashboard toolkit for cars that will begin shipping next year, while analysts and developers are eagerly awaiting any hints about how a mixed reality headset might work in the future.

Apple also announced that its new MacBook Air laptop has been “completely redesigned” around the new M2 silicon processor, which it says is 35% faster than the previous M1 chip. The new laptop will weigh 2.7 pounds (1.2 kg) and have a 1080p HD camera to provide better images on video calls. The MacBook Air will start at $1,199.

The M2 chip will also power the 13-inch MacBook Pro, which starts at $1,299 and will be available next month. Prices are $100 lower for education customers as Apple targets the back-to-school market.

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Apple unveiled an updated version of its CarPlay software at its annual Developer Conference. The new software will, for the first time, operate the instrument cluster on a car’s dashboard that displays speed, directions and mileage. Apple said that automakers such as Ford Motor Company (FN)Nissan Motor Company (7201.T) and Honda Motor Corp. (7267.T) They plan to use the new software and that cars carrying it will begin shipping next year.

Apple also announced that users can buy now and pay later for purchases. Apple Pay Later will be available anywhere Apple Pay is accepted and managed with Apple Wallet. Users can make four equal payments without interest or fees.

Apple also added an edit button to iMessage for sent messages, beating Twitter (TWTR.N) To a long-awaited feature.

Apple has also made tweaks to popular apps including better display of landmarks on its Maps software, live sports scores on Apple TV, and the availability of a shared video viewing app in Messenger.

The tech giant is also adding a tool called Security Check to stop people’s sensitive information from being accessed in abusive situations.

Apple introduced a new technology called Passkeys to replace passwords on websites. Apple said passkeys are more secure than traditional passwords because passkeys are never stored on a web server. The company said it was working to enable passkeys to be used with non-Apple devices.

More than an hour into the presentation, Apple shares are up less than 1%, similar to their level at the start.

While a headset is unlikely to be announced on Monday, developers expect future headsets will use cameras to pass a view of the outside world to a high-resolution screen that can overlay digital objects in a physical setting and could arrive in March next year, Anshel Sag said. Principal Analyst at Moor Insights & Strategy. Such a device would be Apple’s first foray into a new class of computing devices since the Apple Watch shipped in 2015 and would put it in direct competition with the Meta. (FB.O)which revealed plans for a mixed reality headset icon called “Cambria” to be released this year.

But neither Sage nor the other developers and analysts interviewed by Reuters expect to get a sneak peek at the headset on Monday.

Instead, they’ll be looking for buried hints about the future device such as improvements in how Apple devices handle augmented reality scenes. Andrew McHugh, who co-founded an app called Vivid, said he’ll look for little surprises in so-called “spatial” features in which devices understand how they use in 3D space their videos and photos. Apple previously introduced features such as spatial audio for its wireless headphones, in which sounds change when users turn their heads.

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Additional reporting by Stephen Nellis in San Francisco; Editing by Lisa Schumaker

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