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Pioneer makes Apple CarPlay go live on NEX and AppRadio receivers via firmware update

Published: October 02, 2014 | United States

Pioneer Electronics has finally launched the first aftermarket Apple CarPlay solution five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers. The company also introduced the CarPlay-compatible fourth generation AppRadio (SPH-DA120). This was made possible through a firmware-over-the-air update(FOTA). The announcement for this initiative was already made sometime back, when the company became the first one of its kind to announce the ‘aftermarket’  CarPlay, followed by Alpine.


Pioneer’s CarPlay-compatible in-dash receivers offer consumers the ability to upgrade the vehicles they already own to the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone in the car. Consumers with the latest version of iOS on their iPhone 5 or later, including iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus, can use Siri voice control to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text messages, access Apple Maps for navigation, and listen to their music libraries, podcasts and iTunes Radio.

The new AppRadio 4 offers a simple and clean cosmetic design, with the majority of functions and control accessible and operated through its high resolution 6.2-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen, as well as increased audio performance. For more information about AppRadio 4, visit

Pricing and Availability

The CarPlay firmware update is now available at no charge through Current NEX owners can simply load the firmware on a USB memory device and connect it to the receiver’s USB cable input. Pioneer is also sending the CarPlay firmware to authorized retailers across the country for consumers who prefer to update their unit through a dealer.

The AVIC-8000NEX ($1400 SRP), AVIC-7000NEX ($1200 SRP), AVIC-6000NEX ($900 SRP), AVIC-5000NEX ($750 SRP), AVH-4000NEX ($700 SRP) are currently available. AppRadio 4 SPH-DA120 ($600 SRP) will begin shipping to authorized Pioneer Car Electronics dealers nationwide, including Best Buy, Crutchfield and Car Toys.

Take a look at the video below for more details…


Source: Pionner USA



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