The biggest news to come out of Cupertino this week was the announcement of a revamp to Apple’s iOS in the Car feature, now renamed Apple CarPlay.
It’s been announced that the first car models supporting CarPlay will launch this year, complete with built-in display and hardware buttons to use Siri and your other key iOS features, safely. Making calls, using Maps, and dictating messages will all be possible; with car manufacturers including Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz unveiling models in 2014.
Just yesterday, the Beta for Mavericks 10.9.3 also dropped, complete with a native Retina resolution option for 4K displays. This means that it will now be possible to get 60Hz output on 4K monitors beyond the limited number that originally supported this output.
Also in the update is the addition of FaceTime Audio, blocking iMessage users on Mac, and a fix for SSL vulnerability that has made headlines recently.
There has been a reshuffle at the top of Apple as well this week, with long-standing senior vice president and CFO Peter Oppenheimer announcing that he will retire at the end of September.
Apple said in a statement that this planned transition will see vice president of Finance and corporate controller, Luca Maestri, will succeed Oppenheimer, who also recently joined the Board of Directors of Goldman Sachs.
There’s also been a revamp to the iTunes Festival app this week, ahead of the shows at SXSW in Texas, and new photos appeared of the work on the Apple Campus 2 in Cupertino. The images show the site has been almost completely flattened, ready for construction to begin. The Campus is set for completion in 2016.