updated 11:12 am EDT, Tue April 15, 2014
Five new receivers planned
Audio specialist Pioneer has announced plans to ship five Apple CarPlay-compatible receivers this summer. The new models in the NEX series will all have large LCD displays, but come in at very different price points. The cheapest model, the AVH-4000NEX, is set to cost $700. Higher-end models will ship for $750, $900, $1,200, and $1,400. Pioneer is also promising various non-CarPlay related improvements; the units are expected to have more responsive interfaces, for example, and better sound and safety features.
CarPlay lets iPhone owners use car-optimized versions of select first- and third-party apps in a more convenient and less distracting format. It also merges in Siri support for handling phone calls and texts. While Pioneer isn't the first company to reveal aftermarket CarPlay options, it should be the first to bring them to market.
When it was originally announced, there were no indications that CarPlay would be available except through new car models. Mercedes-Benz was the first party to reveal intentions for aftermarket options. Alpine is expected to join suit, but only in the fall.