Pioneer issued a press release that confirms it will update its firmware for existing in-dash systems. The company will add support for Apple’s new CarPlay tech to existing vehicles. The support will be added to Pioneers five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers through a firmware update early this summer.
Utilizing large, in-dash Pioneer LCD displays, CarPlay featuring Siri® voice control, gives iPhone users the features while allowing them to stay focused on the road. With CarPlay, consumers with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone 5 can use Siri to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text messages, use Apple Maps for navigation and listen to their music, podcasts and iTunes RadioSM. For more information about CarPlay, visit www.apple.com/ios/carplay.
The in-dash systems are limited to 2014 editions, for the US see photo bellow:
The price is $700 to $14000 for different in-dash display models. The AVIC-8000NEX ($1400 SRP), AVIC-7000NEX ($1200 SRP), AVIC-6000NEX ($900 SRP), AVIC-5000NEX ($750 SRP) and AVH-4000NEX ($700 SRP). Those are the suggested retail prices, but they are actually selling for a lot cheaper on Amazon currently: AVIC-8000NEX ($984), AVIC-7000NEX ($854), AVIC-6000NEX ($713), AVIC-5000NEX ($594) and AVH-4000NEX ($536).
We reported yesterday that Alpine may start selling standalone aftermarket CarPlay console by the fall and earlier this year Mercedes-Benz reported its plans to sell aftermarket CarPlay units by the end of the year.
You can visit Pioneers webpage and learn more about CarPlay features and see a list of compatible in-dash models for all countries.