Welcome to iCar OS X Lion Private Beta
Congratulations! Welcome to the test drive of iCar OS X Lion. As you know, we at Apple Automotive generally work the bugs out of our new car designs on a private track with crash-test users. But now, for the first time, we’ve decided to let you – our living, breathing public – pay to help us discover the design defects in this brand-new concept car, and help us make the iCar insanely great!
Before you begin your test drive, read this booklet to learn how Car OS X differs from the cars you’re used to (henceforth called Personal Classic cars, or PCs.
Do not attempt to drive or park iCar OS X Lion until you are sure you can meet the minimum storage and fuel requirements. iCar OS X should be filled with 128 litres of premium Apple juice (99 Octane), but thanks to its ultra compact wheelbase, only needs 10 square metres of garage space.
( TIP: You can keep your old car in the same garage, but only if you first partition the garage using the Bunnings Temporary Wall utility. You can easily transfer all your old glovebox and boot contents using Apple Automotives $80 LightningBolt transfer kit, that allows you to attach and open your old car in target-glovebox mode.)
Inside iCar OS X Lion
You may notice that the interior of iCar OS X Lion is strikingly clean and bare. We’ve done away with confusing storage cubbies such as the glove box, cup holders, and side pockets. We have even minimised the use of window winders, and transmission shift levers. We also have a brand new steering input mechanism we call the steering touch wheel, which only slides out of the dash when you swipe four fingers across the windscreen, or press the home button on the centre console.
Whenever you’d like to store or use an object inside iCar OS X Lion (such as a map, soda can, or food wrapper), simply drag it down onto what we call iFloor . Your belongings will remain fully visible on iFloor at all times and are held in place by our brand new Carpet API.
As you put more and more items onto iFloor, previously Floored items move aside to make room. If iFloor gets very cluttered, your belongings will shrink to fit within the Floor’s space, or you can pile them on top of each other in a stack. ( TIP: If you’re having trouble identifying an individual object when your iFloor has become full, simply slide your foot through the items on the Floor. As you disperse the other items lying there, you can rotate the object in question enough to read its label, if available.)
The iCar OS X FullScreen Window-Control Scheme
When he unveiled iCar OS X Lion at the Carworld Expo in San Francisco last year, Apple Automotive’s visionary Chief Design Officer Steve Jobs described the confusion most car owners feel when confronted with the chaos of multiple open windows in older PCs. For this reason, your new iCar OS X FullScreen view lets you look out of one window at a time. All of the other un-necessary views are darkened and hidden from sight. The are still available though, and continue quietly in the background until the view is switched.
If you’ve been looking through the windshield, you can look out a side or back window simply by double-tapping on it. The windshield will disappear, and the window you rapped on will become available. ( TIP: By pressing the option pedal as you double-rap a window, you can look through more than one at a time. You can select favorite views and quickly swap between them by swiping 2 fingers sideways across the windscreen.)
Driving iCar OS X Lion
You’ll discover that iCar OS X Lion gives you an extremely smooth ride; in fact, because it’s based on a powerful BSD 64-valve engine, it features full crash protection. Even if bad paving causes another car on the road to crash, you can continue driving iCar OS X, unaffected.
Note, however, that Car OS X is crash proof only when you drive on roads that have been specially repaved without the use of Flashing lights. Over 200 municipalities worldwide have announced that they’ll optimise selected streets for Car OS X compatibility with all Flashing street components replaced with new STREET5 imbedded signs.
To install iCar OSX Lion, you will have to prepare your old iCar first, making sure it has SnowLeopard, updated with Seatbelt 10.6.6 to access the new iCar Store, where you can simply drive on in, and use your iCar account to purchase and apply the Lion update.
Thank you for participating in the private test of iCar OS X Lion. Please note that iCar OS X 11 Beta6 Platinum Master expires Jul 15, 2011 – if you haven’t expired first waiting for it.