Pioneer Demos CarPlay Support on Its NEX In-Dash Aftermarket Receivers [Video]

Posted May 16, 2014 at 2:40pm by iClarified | Please help us and submit a translation by clicking here | 6194 views

Pioneer has demoed CarPlay support on its NEX in-dash multimedia receivers to Melissa Riofrio from TechHive.

Announced last month, CarPlay compatibility will be available in early summer 2014 via a firmware update to Pioneers five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers.

The Pioneer demo also highlighted a few different things. The AVH-8000NEX system in our demo car has a capacitive touchscreen—still a rarity in aftermarket systems—so navigating the CarPlay icons for phone, map, music, and messaging functions was fast and responsive. The display showed a home button just like the one on your iPhone, to get back to the main screen.

Pricing and Availability
The AVIC-8000NEX ($1400 SRP), AVIC-7000NEX ($1200 SRP), AVIC-6000NEX ($900 SRP), AVIC-5000NEX ($750 SRP) and AVH-4000NEX ($700 SRP) are currently available at authorized Pioneer Car Electronics dealers nationwide. You can also find the receivers on Amazon: AVIC-8000NEX ($999), AVIC-7000NEX ($855), AVIC-6000NEX ($755), AVIC-5000NEX ($595).

Officially, the firmware update things brings CarPlay compatibility will be out this summer; however, VP of Marketing Ted Cardenas says it should be available in “a few weeks”.

Take a look at the video below for more details...

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VWGolfGTI2014 - May 17, 2014 at 12:46am
I wish I could afford to upgrade my head unit, but I can't. I'm mainly interested in being able to listen to music from my iPhone in the car and I found an app that is a pretty good alternative. The developer states on the App Store page that he designed it with in-car use in mind, so you can quickly start playing an album, and easily control playback without even having to look at the screen, unlike the standard music app which has small buttons that are hard to press accurately when your phone is mounted in a dock at arm's length. It gets regular updates, and one feature I particularly like is that I can listen to podcasts and music within the one app. Oh, it's called Harken For iPhone. http://bit.ly/HarkenForiPhone He's also got an iPad version.
King Rollo - May 16, 2014 at 6:57pm
Looks really good been among time coming!
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