USA Today App Release Notes It Will Soon Support CarPlay

27 August 2014


USA Today has revealed that it will soon be added to Apple’s list of supported third party apps with support for CarPlay. The mention slipped into the release notes of the USA Today’s latest iPhone app update mentioning that the app would no longer feature audio versions of articles as it prepares to add integration with CarPlay.

What’s funny is that any app can integrate with the CarPlay API’s in their code today. Everything’s fully documented.1 However, Apple must then add the app to its golden whitelist for it to actually show up in the CarPlay UI.

1 The API is also abstract enough such that it could apply to any type of external media controller — when I first saw this with iOS 7.1, my first thought was iWatch.