Since Apple announced CarPlay in March, 2014 the list of auto manufacturers that will include the platform in future models just keeps growing.
Apple launched CarPlay back in March 2014 to give users a smarter, safer and more fun way to use their iPhone while in their car. As of right now there are several automotive partners that are already on board.
We reported earlier in the week that Alpine may be planning to sell aftermarket CarPlay units in the fall and Pioneer plans to update its firmware for existing in-dash systems, now Apple’s CarPlay microsite names Alpine and Pioneer as the official suppliers of aftermarket systems. The website says “And you’ll soon be able to add CarPlay to your current car with an aftermarket system.”
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.
According to a report from Nikkei, Alpine Electronics a Japanese car audio manufacturer, will start selling standalone aftermarket CarPlay console by the fall. Many car manufacturers will be offering CarPlay equipped cars soon but Alpine will be offering independent CarPlay units that can be installed in current cars.
Apple has finally launched iOS 7.1 (build number: 11D167) for iPhone, iPad and iPod touch.
CarPlay also previously known as iOS in the Car was officially announced by apple as a way to bring the iPhone experience to in-car entertainment systems.