said by not quite right: said by pike:
This isn't something I can really get excited about.
Really? Why not? If you use any of the factory media/nav systems in cars today they stink to high heavens.
I just don't see the utility in it. I concede that current generation gear does stink. I drove a Ford Fusion with Sync as a rental on a recent trip and the process to pair and finally stream to the radio was arduous at best. Each time I restarted the car there was 3 or 4 interactions required to change the radio from FM to Bluetooth A2DP.
Once things are running though, the head unit doesn't matter. All I need is a skip button and a phone button. Having the artist/title is nice but not a deal breaker. As far as navi goes, personally I don't find myself ever looking at the screen when there's a map up. If I'm in an unfamiliar place, I need my eyes on the road so I can see street signs and landmarks -- not staring at a map on the dash. Voice-guided turn-by-turn is way more important.
I certainly don't want my texts being read aloud if I have passengers in the car. Imagine car pooling a business meeting and your wife or child texts you something private.
I realize this is all very subjective, and admit this is coming from someone that barely puts 4000 miles on his car a year (I use the Metro system here extensively). Someone like darcilicious
who mentioned driving 400-500 miles a week may get a lot more usefulness out of it. I share other's concerns about upgradability. While this is a new market for Apple, they have never been known for long support cycles on any of their products.