Apple CarPlay Stories August 17

Sony has introduced an updated model of its existing XAV-AX200 head unit. The new model name changes slightly to XAV-AX210, and its differentiating feature is iDatalink Maestro support which provides a more seamless experience when interacting with controls that are already built-in to your car. Prior to this unit, steering wheel controls, vehicle settings, and more were not plug-and-play like most customers would have hoped. expand full story

Apple CarPlay Stories July 19

expiredKenwood’s 7-inch CarPlay and Android Auto Receiver down to $360 (Reg. $425+)

Trusted Newegg Seller Drive-In Sound offers the Kenwood 7-inch CarPlay and Android Auto Receiver for $359.99 shipped. Originally $500, we see it sell for closer to $450 these days. This offer is $10 less than our previous mention. Rated 4/5 stars.

Apple CarPlay Stories January 18, 2016

expiredAdd Apple CarPlay iPhone integration to your own car w/ Pioneer’s SPH-DA120 Receiver for $400 shipped (Reg. $600)

Nutrend via Newegg offers Pioneer’s SPH-DA120 AppRadio 4 Smartphone Receiver with 6.2-inch Capacitive Touchscreen Display and Apple CarPlay for $399.99 shipped. Best Buy and Pioneer currently have it listed for $600, but you can generally find it for around $430-$450 from other retailers. Today’s price is $45 below our previous mention and a match for the lowest we’ve seen from a trusted seller. Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars from 124 Amazon reviewers.

CarPlay brings your iPhone’s apps and familiar user interface to your vehicle. Some of the most notable CarPlay-enabled apps include Messages, Maps, iBooks, Spotify, MLB At Bat and many others. You can also use Siri to read your new messages and dictate a response. Read our review of CarPlay to get a rundown of everything it has to offer.

Questions regarding installtion/compatibility? Make sure you check out Pioneer’s helpful Installation Manual.

Pioneer’s AppRadio® 4 revolutionizes the driver’s experience by bringing compatible phone apps to the dash for the ultimate in-vehicle smartphone experience. With AppRadio, you can access your phone’s Calendar, Maps, Photos and other compatible apps directly on the Pioneer touchscreen right in your dashboard.

Simply download Pioneer’s free of charge AppRadio application onto your iPhone® or Android™ device and connect to the AppRadio receiver using the appropriate Pioneer connectivity kit (sold separately) to unleash the power of compatible apps right from the dash of your car!

AppRadio 4 brings together the use of cloud and device sourced content from compatible iOS devices including iPhone 6 Plus, iPhone 6, iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, iPhone 5, iPhone 4s and iPhone 4, Android smartphones, and MirrorLink™ enabled smartphones as well as enhanced smartphone control, voice control for Siri® Eyes Free and Voice Recognition for select Android, Bluetooth® hands-free calling and audio streaming, and a new graphical user interface.

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