A concept created by designer John Calkins envisions what CarPlay would have looked if Cook was actually interested in the purchase and Apple eventually took over Tesla.
More like a CarPlay on steroids, this envisioned version shows Apple’s car platform running on a 15-inch display similar to the one in the Tesla Model 3, obviously with a series of upgrades substantially refining the experience.
The interface obviously gets a major facelift thanks to the large screen, with CarPlay now also getting access to more than the infotainment and navigation features inside the car. It can also display info about the vehicle and let the driver control certain functions with the press of a button.
The dock, which is pretty limited right now on CarPlay, would display many more icons, turning the CarPlay interface into something that reminds of the traditional dock on the macOS desktop.
This is a neat concept, there’s no doubt about it, but at the end of the day, it’s something we’ll likely never see in real life, as a deal between Apple and Tesla can only happen when pigs fly.
Whether or not this looks similar to the version Apple wants to install in its upcoming Apple Car is something that remains to be seen. Expect Cupertino’s electric vehicle to come with top-notch infotainment capabilities anyway, and a large screen to provide access to everything would feel like home in such a setup.