Wednesday, October 22, 2014

[UPDATE] How To Use Two Devices With Your Pioneer AppRadio Simultaneously [How-To]

UPDATE: We have been informed that for this setup to work, one of the iPhones (in this case, the iPhone 4 which is wired to the AppRadio), should have an inactive SIM card in it.


Technically, you can't connect two smartphones to a Pioneer AppRadio simultaneously. Since Apple introduced its lightning connector, AppRadio users have had to use an HDMI connection to achieve connectivity. The 30-pin connector cannot be used to connect an iPhone 5 or later by using a simple adapter.

Using an Android smartphone and an iPhone simultaneously is also not possible. In an ideal scenario it would have been nice if users could wire two devices to the head unit and use both simultaneously or even be able to switch between the devices with the click of a button. But that can't be done.

One of our readers, however, sent us information on how he makes use of his old 30-pin iPhone 4 and uses it together with his new iPhone 6 when connecting to his AppRadio 3. Read along for more details.
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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Best Buy Finally Lists The New Pioneer AppRadio 4 As 'Coming Soon'

Best Buy is one of the authorized Pioneer dealers but the new AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) is still not available for purchase from them. Best Buy's website, however, has finally listed the device as 'Coming Soon.'

The device will be available for shipping as well as in-store purchase. No ETA has been mentioned though.

For those of you looking to pick up a new AppRadio 4, visit Amazon where the authorized Pioneer dealer 'The Sound of Tri-State Inc.' has the device for sale. Supplies don't last long so hurry.

Monday, October 20, 2014

New Firmware Update For Pioneer NEX Receivers Adds iDatalink Maestro Support

Pioneer Electronics has released another firmware update for its NEX receivers today. The latest version 1.08 comes a few days after version 1.06 brought Apple CarPlay to their devices. Today's update, however, adds iDatalink Maestro support and has a few bug fixes.

To perform the update, you need to follow similar instructions as the previous update. The update files for each of the NEX receivers is separate so make sure you get the correct file. You will need a USB flash drive or a microSD card to install the update, depending on your receiver's model number.

Here are full details from Pioneer...

First Pioneer AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) Firmware Update Now Available

Approximately three weeks after its release, the Pioneer AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) has received a firmware update from the manufacturer. The latest firmware version 1.07 brings a few fixes to the devices. The update process is similar to that found on Pioneer's NEX receivers.

Full details are below.

Pioneer AppRadio 4 SPH-DA120 Now In Stock At Amazon; Buy Soon [Deals]

After running out of stock for a few days, the new Pioneer AppRadio 4 (SPH-DA120) is now back in stock for purchase at Amazon. The device is sold by The Sound of Tri-State Inc., which is one of the authorized Pioneer dealers.

The AppRadio 4 features a 6.2-inch capacitive touchscreen, with Apple CarPlay capability being its biggest selling point. But apart from CarPlay, the head unit offers other robust features like Pioneer's own AppRadio Mode.

If you've been looking for an upgrade to your existing car stereo, the AppRadio 4 is the hottest device on the market at the moment. To purchase from Amazon, click the affiliate link below which shows the latest price. The device ships FREE within the United States.

Stocks run out quickly and at the time of this posting there were only 13 units left in stock. So hurry!

Driving With Apple CarPlay: User Video Gives An In-Depth Look At The Interface [Video]

I just stumbled upon this demo video that shows what it is like driving around while using Apple CarPlay in your car. The video is from the YouTube channel "EFTMOnline" and shows a Pioneer AVH-X8650BT running Apple CarPlay from an iPhone 6.

The AVH-X8650BT is Pioneer's Australian equivalent of the AVH-4000NEX which is available in the United States.

Here's the video...

Spotify App Updated To Fix Bug That Affected CarPlay

Spotify was one of the first third-party apps to add CarPlay compatibility. In fact, when CarPlay was announced by Apple back in March at the Geneva Motor Show this year, Spotify was already being mentioned as being CarPlay compatible along with Beats Music, Stitcher, and iHeartRadio.

With Pioneer releasing its CarPlay firmware update for NEX earlier this month, users have started field-testing the software and the compatible apps. Users have not been able to use the app without issues yet but an update has been released to add CarPlay support.

Sunday, October 19, 2014

AppEx Info Updates Have Been MIA Since April; Has Development Stopped? [Jailbreak]

Those of you who have used AppRadio Extensions or AppEx in the past, you will know how awesome it is to have full touch control of your iPhone from your AppRadio. Well, the jailbreak tweak lost compatibility when iOS 7 was released and has been an open source software for over a year now. 

But there has been no information or updates from the developer since April this year.

Watch The AppRadio 2 SPH-DA100 Controlling A GoPro Camera Using AppEX [Video]

AppEx or AppRadio Extensions is a jailbreak tweak that worked up until iOS 6 and gave users full touch control of their iPhones from a Pioneer AppRadio. Full touch control meant you could control any application on your iPhone from the dashboard without ever touching the iPhone.

The tweak is not compatible with iOS 7 or iOS 8. The developer behind the tweak made the software open source in trying to get help from other developers to help advance the technology. But AppEx has not yet been successfully coded to work with the latest iOS versions.

Users who have stuck with iOS 6 on their older iPhones are still able to use AppEx though. One such user has made a video showing him controlling the GoPro app from his Pioneer AppRadio 2 (SPH-DA100). It's a short video but shows what a tweak like AppEx is capable of. Watch it below...

Apple CarPlay Firmware Update Tutorial For The Folks Down Under [Video]

If you are from the land down under, Pioneer Australia has made a video tutorial showing how to install the Apple CarPlay firmware update on one of the compatible head units. The devices sold in Australia are Pioneer NEX equivalents but with different model numbers.

Apple CarPlay capable head units sold by Pioneer Australia are the AVIC-F60DAB, AVIC-960DAB and AVH-X8650BT. You can follow similar instructions as the ones in the tutorial below to install the latest firmware on Pioneer's NEX receivers in the United States.

Here's the video...