updated 05:30 pm EDT, Wed June 22, 2011
Pioneer AppRadio arrives in stores
Pioneer shipped and priced its AppRadio car head-end unit. The iOS-aware AV equipment is now in stock immediately at Amazon and other outlets. Pricing is better than Pioneer's original sub-$500 goal and sees it sell officially for $399, although a handful of stores are selling it for slightly less.
An update to the AppRadio software for iOS (free, App Store) has also pushed out in the past week and received more detail than what Pioneer itself gave in the past. When linked, the AppRadio can now grab calendars, contacts, and photos from an attached Apple device for extra tasks. Deeper access lets owners make Bluetooth calls, send a current location through e-mail, and get routing from Maps. Calendar will show information on the larger screen when the car is parked, and the screen can now show photos and videos, including with geotagging when the iPhone has it turned on.
The full suite of promised app integration is also now turned on and slightly larger than before. Inrix, MotionX-GPS, and Traffic are available for strictly functional apps, while Pandora and Rdio provide music streaming.
The AppRadio is based almost entirely around iOS support and can talk to an iPhone 4 or fourth-generation iPod touch players with a 6.1-inch touchscreen interface that mostly serves as a gateway to interaction with iOS apps. Independently, it can play AM/FM radio, handle more generic Bluetooth calls, and serve as a rear-view camera.