Pioneer has announced the arrival of the Pioneer AppRadio; the first iOS compatible car stereo system that not just plays music of your iOS device but gives you app access as well.
I don’t know about you, but i’m almost surprised it has taken this long before someone started integrating more iOS capability into car stereo systems, knowing how many iOS devices there are out there and how many of us would like to have easier control and access to our iPhone 4 while in the car. Hopefully Pioneer has started a trend that will continue to grow now.
The Pioneer AppRadio features a 6.1-inch capacitive touchscreen WVGA display with an 800 x 480 resolution, allowing you to control things in pretty much the same way as on your iOS device. You use the touchscreen interface to control functions, including app control, music playback, FM radio, and of course bluetooth handsfree calling. To connect your iOS device to the AppRadio you use the AppRadio App that is available from the App Store. It will also allow you to connect to Google Maps enabling search, route to location, route directions, as well as dropping pins to create bookmarks. It also supports apps such as Rdio and Pandora Radio while driving, and other apps and functionality when the car is at a stand still, including video.
Other features of the Pioneer AppRadio includes :
- a 30-pin connector
- external GPS antenna
- external microphone for hands-free calling
- input/output connections for things such as rear-view camera
- wired remote steering wheel control adapter
- external amplifier via preamp output
The Pioneer AppRadio is expected to retail in the US below $500 sometime in June, but no word yet on when it might come to the UK/Europe. We will keep you posted on any developments.
Now if only someone can create an in-car AirPlay stereo system that would be great!