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  • Pioneer Demos Apple's CarPlay Solution for Older Cars, Set to Release in a Few Weeks


    With Pioneer currently set to update its existing NEX car infotainment systems with support for CarPlay in the coming weeks, the company has been offering advance hands-on previews of how Apple’s in-car system will work. The demonstrations with Pioneer NEX systems running CarPlay were provided to a few publications as the head unit maker builds hype for its forthcoming software update. In a new and sooner-than-expected release schedule the company revealed that CarPlay support will come to its NEX lineup in “a few weeks.”

    Support will be coming to existing NEX infotainment systems from Pioneer in the form of a software update. Apple already launched CarPlay support in the iPhone with iOS 7.1 but head units compatible with CarPlay have yet to hit the market. With this week’s demonstrations and news of an impending launch, Pioneer appears to be poised to become the first on the market to offer CarPlay support.

    Apple’s native apps for Phone, Music, Maps and Messages will all sport out-of-the-box compatibility via CarPlay. Apple has also added a “Now Playing” application for content while users will be able to get back to the NEX system’s main menu with a Pioneer created app button. CarPlay also boasts Siri support, allowing users to dictate text messages, get directions, and have information to read to them or initiate a phone call with Apple’s voice-driven personal assistant.

    Impressions of CarPlay were generally positive, citing ease of use, safety and quality.

    Once the update becomes available, users will be able to download a firmware file from Pioneer’s website and transfer it to a USB drive. From there, it can be plugged into the unit and the update can be installed. Pioneer announced its first aftermarket CarPlay systems last month, with the NEX lineup starting at $700 for the entry-level AVH-4000NEX. Cheaper options are scheduled to arrive later in the year from Alpine, which has said its CarPlay compatible units will be priced between $500 and $700.

    CarPlay was officially announced by Apple at the Geneva Motor Show in April as a rebranding of the “iOS in the Car” functionality unveiled by the company at last year’s Worldwide Developers Conference. In addition to aftermarket units, CarPlay support will be built in to new select 2014 vehicles from Volvo, Honda, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar, Hyundai and Ferrari. Future partners include Ford, Chevrolet, BMW, Kia, Toyota, Nissan and Mitsubishi.

    Are any of you planning to buy a CarPlay system?

    Source: CNBC, Digital Trends, MacWorld
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Pioneer Demos Apple's CarPlay Solution for Older Cars, Set to Release in a Few Weeks started by Akshay Masand View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. rockyseay's Avatar
      rockyseay -
      I wouldn't mind adding CarPlay to my car, but these prices are just freaking ridiculous!
    1. Dizzy714's Avatar
      Dizzy714 -
      No! I'm in the process of upgrading my system and was going to get one of these specifically because of CarPlay - but 7.1!? I'd have to lose my jailbreak in order to use it. Crossing my fingers a JB tweak will unleash compatibility.
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by rockyseay View Post
      I wouldn't mind adding CarPlay to my car, but these prices are just freaking ridiculous!
      Those are normal prices for double din, touch screen head units, so I don't see what is so ridiculous about the pricing.


      Quote Originally Posted by Dizzy714 View Post
      No! I'm in the process of upgrading my system and was going to get one of these specifically because of CarPlay - but 7.1!? I'd have to lose my jailbreak in order to use it. Crossing my fingers a JB tweak will unleash compatibility.
      I had to get my iPhone 5 replaced because last night it started randomly turning off. Still had battery life, but just kept shutting down. I just got back from the Apple store and they gave me a replacement but unfortunately it came with iOS 7.1, so now I'm without jailbreak. :/
      I guess I won't really miss it as I only just had a few tweaks. I highly doubt we'll see a jailbreak for 7.1.

      Oh well, I'll be getting the iPhone 6 here in a few months, so I would be without a jailbreak then too. iOS 7 brought most of the changes I used cydia for.
    1. hemptation's Avatar
      hemptation -
      I like the idea of GPS maps updating with my phone. That is the big plus to iPhone driven unit to standard gps double din, I have the Avic z3. App radio is on sale for 330$. That's pioneers initial version of car play. Was wondering if they were going to make the appradio car play radio or have an update for appradio owners.
    1. Sniper488's Avatar
      Sniper488 -
      What this needs is the ability to stream video via wifi also...

      Without this, it's useless for me...
    1. Dizzy714's Avatar
      Dizzy714 -
      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      I had to get my iPhone 5 replaced because last night it started randomly turning off. Still had battery life, but just kept shutting down. I just got back from the Apple store and they gave me a replacement but unfortunately it came with iOS 7.1, so now I'm without jailbreak. :/
      I guess I won't really miss it as I only just had a few tweaks. I highly doubt we'll see a jailbreak for 7.1.

      Oh well, I'll be getting the iPhone 6 here in a few months, so I would be without a jailbreak then too. iOS 7 brought most of the changes I used cydia for.
      Shoot, that's an unfortunate event - bummer man. But another way to look at it I guess is prepping you on the stock look adjustment prior to the iPhone 6 launching. That's really all I use a JB for, theming my device and hiding the app labeling. I'll be jumping up to the iPhone 6 myself as well when it launches, so I figured I'll enjoy my themed device these next few months as much as I can - but then this bomb dropped on me! Haha.

      I'm in a predicament though, not sure if I should go with the AVH-4000NEX or the AVIC-6000NEX - 5000 is out of the question because of the lack of HD Radio Tuner, which the 4000 includes. It appears that everything is identical between the 4000/6000 except that the 4000 has a 7" screen, 6000 has a 6.1" screen, 6000 has the option for two camera connections versus one (probably not important to me at all), and then obviously the 4000 doesn't have Pioneer's own GPS built in. I was initially thinking the 4000 because CarPlay will cover my GPS needs, and I get the slightly bigger screen. BUT, a Crutchfield agent got me thinking about the built in GPS possibly being handy to have as a 'just in case' measure, you know? Say my phone is dead (although it'll charge when connected for CarPlay), or say I'm in a spot that has little to no service, then built in GPS will be handy. But then again how realistic are these examples of situations? I can get the 4000 for $550, and the 6000 for $675. What do you guys think!?
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dizzy714 View Post
      Shoot, that's an unfortunate event - bummer man. But another way to look at it I guess is prepping you on the stock look adjustment prior to the iPhone 6 launching. That's really all I use a JB for, theming my device and hiding the app labeling. I'll be jumping up to the iPhone 6 myself as well when it launches, so I figured I'll enjoy my themed device these next few months as much as I can - but then this bomb dropped on me! Haha.

      I'm in a predicament though, not sure if I should go with the AVH-4000NEX or the AVIC-6000NEX - 5000 is out of the question because of the lack of HD Radio Tuner, which the 4000 includes. It appears that everything is identical between the 4000/6000 except that the 4000 has a 7" screen, 6000 has a 6.1" screen, 6000 has the option for two camera connections versus one (probably not important to me at all), and then obviously the 4000 doesn't have Pioneer's own GPS built in. I was initially thinking the 4000 because CarPlay will cover my GPS needs, and I get the slightly bigger screen. BUT, a Crutchfield agent got me thinking about the built in GPS possibly being handy to have as a 'just in case' measure, you know? Say my phone is dead (although it'll charge when connected for CarPlay), or say I'm in a spot that has little to no service, then built in GPS will be handy. But then again how realistic are these examples of situations? I can get the 4000 for $550, and the 6000 for $675. What do you guys think!?
      I'll survive this. I was actually perfectly content with stock iOS 7 when it first came out. the main tweak that I used was Gridlock, I like to rearrange my icons and leave an open space in the middle to show off my wallpaper, and a few other tweaks like one for SnapChat so I can keep those naughty pics I get sent from different girls! lol.
      As for double dins, ever since the iPhone, I've lost interest in them. With BT audio streaming and GPS/Maps, and all that other computing power in phones now, they're somewhat irrelevant to me now.

      Honestly, I'd rather do something like this to my car, but with an iPad Mini.

    1. CabooseLoL's Avatar
      CabooseLoL -
      I'm a fan of Microsoft Sync... It's very versital as far as media goes. Bluetooth, SD card slot, USB that can support pretty much any kind of storage you plug into it, like a 2TB external HDD (yes I've tried a 2TB HDD with sync haha) and of course an AUX port.

      I just hope carplay can do that. All I want is to be able to plug in an external HDD (not an ipod) with all my music on it and just leave it in my car.
    1. NSXrebel's Avatar
      NSXrebel -
      Quote Originally Posted by CabooseLoL View Post
      I'm a fan of Microsoft Sync... It's very versital as far as media goes. Bluetooth, SD card slot, USB that can support pretty much any kind of storage you plug into it, like a 2TB external HDD (yes I've tried a 2TB HDD with sync haha) and of course an AUX port.

      I just hope carplay can do that. All I want is to be able to plug in an external HDD (not an ipod) with all my music on it and just leave it in my car.
      I think you are confused about what CarPlay is all about. If you just want to plug in a USB drive(even an iPod) just about any recent model car out there in the past few years already has that solution.
    1. flash66's Avatar
      flash66 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Dizzy714 View Post
      Shoot, that's an unfortunate event - bummer man. But another way to look at it I guess is prepping you on the stock look adjustment prior to the iPhone 6 launching. That's really all I use a JB for, theming my device and hiding the app labeling. I'll be jumping up to the iPhone 6 myself as well when it launches, so I figured I'll enjoy my themed device these next few months as much as I can - but then this bomb dropped on me! Haha.

      I'm in a predicament though, not sure if I should go with the AVH-4000NEX or the AVIC-6000NEX - 5000 is out of the question because of the lack of HD Radio Tuner, which the 4000 includes. It appears that everything is identical between the 4000/6000 except that the 4000 has a 7" screen, 6000 has a 6.1" screen, 6000 has the option for two camera connections versus one (probably not important to me at all), and then obviously the 4000 doesn't have Pioneer's own GPS built in. I was initially thinking the 4000 because CarPlay will cover my GPS needs, and I get the slightly bigger screen. BUT, a Crutchfield agent got me thinking about the built in GPS possibly being handy to have as a 'just in case' measure, you know? Say my phone is dead (although it'll charge when connected for CarPlay), or say I'm in a spot that has little to no service, then built in GPS will be handy. But then again how realistic are these examples of situations? I can get the 4000 for $550, and the 6000 for $675. What do you guys think!?
      Go big or go home!
    1. CabooseLoL's Avatar
      CabooseLoL -
      Quote Originally Posted by NSXrebel View Post
      I think you are confused about what CarPlay is all about. If you just want to plug in a USB drive(even an iPod) just about any recent model car out there in the past few years already has that solution.
      Not quite to the extent of Sync. I have a 2012 Civic. It only supports apple products (ipod classic 5th gen and later). Android devices only work if the device is put in disk mode and and only sometimes works. Limited USB drive support. No external HDD support. Also, no way of updating the firmware.

      Sync just connects to your wifi at home and updates it's firmware.

      I was just very surprised with how much external media support Sync has. I really hope carplay can do everything sync can and possibly more.