pioneer carplay

A pair of CarPlay-related news reports is making the rounds this morning, one confirming the official release of the first aftermarket CarPlay systems from Pioneer and the other announcing an updated Spotify application for the iPhone and iPad with built-in support for Apple’s in-car platform.

As announced back in April, CarPlay is now available as a software update for Pioneer’s existing 2014 in-dash multimedia systems, the $1400 AVIC-8000NEX, $1200 AVIC-7000NEX, $900 AVIC-6000NEX, $750 AVIC-5000NEX and the $700 AVH-4000NEX systems.

The company also announced a new $600 smartphone receiver, AppRadio 4, with CarPlay compatibility.

“CarPlay enriches the iPhone experience in the vehicle by providing a safer way to access the iPhone features they want to use most while driving,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.

The AVIC-8000NEX, AVIC-7000NEX, AVIC-6000NEX, AVIC-5000NEX and AVIC-4000NEX each has an LCD screen and supports the full range of CarPlay functionality, including navigation via Apple Maps, music, Siri voice control for making and receiving calls, reading and responding to text messages and more.

The receivers are available through authorized Pioneer Car Electronics dealers nationwide, including Best Buy, Crutchfield and Car Toys. The firmware updates can be downloaded via Pioneer’s support website.

Pioneer AVIC 8000NEX with CarPlay

These in-dash multimedia systems offer a much cheaper option for folks who want CarPlay functionality in their older vehicles, as opposed to buying expensive cars with CarPlay integration, such as the new $300,000 Ferrari FF model.

Apple previously told The Verge that Pioneer would soon start selling aftermarket CarPlay receivers.The official CarPlay website currently lists both Pioneer and Alpine as launch aftermarket CarPlay solutions providers. Clarion, too, will jump on the CarPlay bandwagon later this year.

As for Pioneer’s new AppRadio 4 unit (SPH-DA120), it’s coming soon featuring a 6.2-inch WVGA touchscreen with built-in support for both Mirrorlink (if you don’t have an iPhone) and Apple’s CarPlay.

Pioneer made a little video showing off CarPlay in action.

“Pioneer’s CarPlay-compatible in-dash receivers enable consumers to upgrade the vehicles they already own to the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car,” the firm noted.

More information about Pioneer’s CarPlay aftermarket solutions is available here. Rival Alpine’s own $500-$750 aftermarket CarPlay kits are arriving later this Fall.

CarPlay requires an iPhone 5 or newer and iOS 7.1 or later. Availability is dependent on regional restrictions. In terms of music, CarPlay supports several music apps, including iTunes Radio, Beats Music, iHeart Radio, CBS Radio, Spotify and more.

Speaking of Spotify, their free iOS client was refreshed Thursday with support for music streaming in your vehicle. Last month, Spotify gained support for Ford’s Sync AppLink platform.

Spotify 1.8 changelog:

  • New: Now supports Apple CarPlay! Play Spotify in your CarPlay equipped vehicle. Just connect a compatible iPhone.
  • New: Spotify can now speak Swedish, and Québécois on iOS 8.
  • Fixed: Various new bugs on iOS 8.

Spotify is available free in the App Store and requires iOS 6.0 or later.

[Spotify, Pioneer PR (1), (2)]

  • Want!! but can we select we color of the lights?

    • josemunozmatos

      Yes! you can select the hue of the light and also the brightness

      • Thats great. Now I’m just curious how tough the installation would be on an infinity with a bose system.

  • Chang in Charge

    I been eyeing the $700 AVH-4000NEX for a few months now. I think I’m going to go to Best Buy and get one of these installed in my Jeep.

    • josemunozmatos

      I bought one a month ago and even without carplay its pretty awesome. I can’t wait to install the update!

      • Chang in Charge

        How much did you spend for installation?

  • Jose Gonzalez

    Pioneer site seems to be overloaded! Cant load any of their web pages. Not even the main site.

  • blastingbigairs

    I sure hope it’s better than AppRadio, because the iPhone apps are absolutely horrible, the interface is a joke, and don’t get me started on all the unsightly cables you need just to get the piece of crap up and running. Hate it!!!

    • Gregory D Foster

      Tell me more. I was thinking of getting the AppRadio 4. Bad move?

      • blastingbigairs

        I have the AVH-X2600BT head unit and it’s honestly not worth the $80 in cables and headache. I use it with a 5s and it feels very generic. It constantly disconnects, you are constantly having to hit “accept or ignore” on the phone and screen, and the apps are pretty limited. The Media Player app will allow you to watch the videos on your phone and it’s much clearer than a DVD, but other than that it’s pretty useless. AppRadio may be a better user experience on a more expensive Pioneer head unit, but with mine it’s lame.

  • I have a Suzuki car Swift Model 2007

    Can be installed on all cars?