Shortly after Kenwood went head to head with Pioneer with its own aftermarket receivers with CarPlay integration, the company responded by announcing a second-generation Networked Entertainment eXperience (NEX) in-dash receivers with CarPlay support.
Building on the features introduced in the previous NEX series (the $1400 AVIC-8000NEX, $1200 AVIC-7000NEX, $900 AVIC-6000NEX, $750 AVIC-5000NEX and $700 AVH-4000NEX), the updated receivers offer better displays, support for Bluetooth connectivity and are Sirius XM-Ready.
Though we’ve seen our fair share of CarPlay demos in months past, we still can’t get enough of learning about the intricacies of Apple’s in-car iPhone entertainment system. You may have head that Pioneer recently released a firmware update bringing CarPlay functionality to five of its 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers, so people don’t have to buy a brand new car just to enjoy CarPlay.
As noted by TUAW, Josh Carr of technology repair firm Fix Denver put Pioneer’s new software through its paces and created several videos showing off different aspects of CarPlay, including Phone functionality, Apple Maps and various other built-in apps including Spotify, which recently updated its iPhone and iPad app with CarPlay support .
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.
Since Apple announced CarPlay last month, the most common question has been about aftermarket products. Most folks don’t have the money to just go out and buy a brand new car, so they want to know when they’ll be able to install the system in their current vehicle. Initially, the prognoses didn’t look very good, but Apple confirmed last week that both Alpine and Pioneer are working on aftermarket CarPlay solutions to be released this year. And recently, MacRumors sat down with Pioneer’s Ted Cardenas to talk about the project…
Apple on March 2 took the wraps off CarPlay, its in-car solution formerly known as iOS in the Car. The company said the feature would premier with only three premium brands – Mercedes-Benz, Volvo and Ferrari – while naming two dozen additional manufacturers who pledged their support for the software.
Outside these launch partners, only Hyundai has thus far gone on the record officially confirming that CarPlay functionality will be available on its new mid-size 2015 Sonata sedan that will be available to buy at dealerships. Toyota initially said it would add CarPlay to select 2015 vehicles, but quickly changed its mind.
Realizing there’s money to be made from CarPlay, makers of in-car electronic systems Alpine and Pioneer both announced aftermarket CarPlay kits for older vehicles. We wondered whether these kits were Apple-sanctioned. Looks like we’ve gotten our answer as the iPhone maker has now added Alpine and Pioneer’s upcoming kits to its CarPlay webpage…
A Pioneer customer service representative yesterday said the company’s been looking into the possibility of implementing CarPlay compatibility with both its existing and future products.
Sure enough, the maker of in-car electronic systems today announced five CarPlay aftermarket options.
Chances are you’re not rich enough to buy a brand new Ferrari, Mercedes or Volvo just to enjoy CarPlay so these kits will be Godsent to those looking to put CarPlay into older vehicles that officially don’t support Apple’s in-car system…
Apple’s CarPlay, a new iOS 7.1 capability designed to integrate select iOS features right into your car’s infotainment system, has a major problem on its hands: it’s currently hinging on the good will of manufacturers to support it in their future vehicles. Thus far, only Mercedes-Benz, Ferrari and Volvo have confirmed that some of their upcoming 2014 models will support CarPlay.
A bunch of other vendors have hinted they’re considering implementing the feature. So, unless I buy a brand new car with CarPlay integration, I’ll be left out in the cold, right?
Not so fast.
For starters, Mercedez-Benz has decided to cater to owners of unsupported vehicles by promising aftermarket CarPlay upgrades as a dealer installed accessory for select previous models.
But what about CarPlay in unsupported cars? That’s where Pioneer Electronic jumps in. The maker of many in-car electronic systems, Pioneer’s reportedly exploring the possibility of adding CarPlay compatibility to its existing and future products…
The App Store offers some of the finest apps for DJing on any mobile platform and makers of specialized accessories have taken notice and been adding support for Apple’s iPhone, iPod and iPad devices. Take Pioneer, for example, and its brand new DJ controller for iOS devices that got announced today.
The DDJ-WEGO2 console is very cool: it’s portable (has handles), compatible with your fav apps, and appeases to aspiring DJs by providing all the hardware mixing sliders plus the Jog FX/Pulse control and lets you access and mix tracks on your iPhone, iPod touch and iPad devices…