Tuesday, December 27, 2011
The AppRadio screen is 6.1 inches in size. There are a couple of screen protectors I found on eBay for the AppRadio but are a little pricey at around $15. Getting an iPad screen protector (9.7 inch screen) would be a lot cheaper. It can then be cut to size. But this can be tricky. Cutting a screen protector has to be precise.
So, I am currently in the process of getting an iPad screen protector (matte/non-glossy) for my AppRadio. I will write an updated post regarding my experience once I have it installed. More soon.
By AppRadioWorld at 7:58 AM
Wednesday, December 21, 2011
Sunday, December 18, 2011
|A cell phone ban could change how the AppRadio functions|
Recently the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended a nationwide ban on cell phone use while driving. There are many reasons to believe that using your cell phone while driving can be a distraction. Many states already impose a ban on talking, texting or even handling a cell phone while behind the wheel. The violation comes with fines amounting up to a few hundred dollars.
As we know, the AppRadio sometimes requires access to the connected iPhone/iPod Touch. Most often this is to launch an app. So if the NTSB recommended ban goes in place (it could be a while before this happens), I think Pioneer Electronics will have to change the way the AppRadio functions. I always felt that once the iDevice is connected to the AppRadio it should be put away making all necessary functions accessible from the AppRadio itself. The touch screen of the AppRadio functions very well and the screen is crisp and big. There should be no reason to even look at your phone while driving.
One more thing that would be great and useful would be being able to launch Siri from the AppRadio. Long pressing the home button on the AppRadio would do it (using the stereo's bluetooth connectivity, car's speakers and mic) and you would simply speak the necessary command. This would truly make the whole experience handsfree. Siri will hopefully be able to launch apps in the near future. Wouldn't that be awesome? It can already read back your text messages or play specific songs or playlists from the iPod.
Whether a national ban on cell phone use while driving happens or not I hope the AppRadio functionality changes for the better very soon. I don't want to break any laws while driving. Either way, remember to keep your hands on the wheel at all times while behind it (I hope Pioneer is listening).
By AppRadioWorld at 6:46 PM
Tuesday, December 13, 2011
Monday, December 12, 2011
When you launch the AppRadio app on your iPhone/iPod Touch while it is connected to the AppRadio, you see a minimum of three and maximum of five app icons. You can scroll through all your apps by swiping left or right. By default the first page of icons on the AppRadio has Maps, Photos, Calendar, Contacts and Recommended Apps icons on it. How often do we use these? At least for me, almost never (apart from the Maps app every once in a while).
So if you want your more frequently used apps on this first page which will save you the trouble of swiping through to find them, this is what you should do. Rearrange the apps and it is easy. With your iDevice disconnected from the AppRadio launch the AppRadio app in the iDevice and click on "Settings". Then click on the "Layout" tab followed by "Edit" which can be found in the upper right corner of the screen. This will make all the icons wobble. Then just like you would with the iOS icons on your iDevice just rearrange the apps as you please.
The next time you connect your iDevice to the AppRadio and launch the AppRadio app you will see your favorite apps right away. In the picture above is my first app page layout. As you can see I love MIXTRAX!
By AppRadioWorld at 4:14 PM
Sunday, December 11, 2011
Considering it's been around for 6 months now it is quite astonishing to see prices lowered by 35% since the day it was launched. Back in the summer the AppRadio was introduced at $399. I picked mine up from Amazon, that way I got it overnight for $3.99 using Amazon Prime, and saved by not having to pay sales tax. So if you're looking for the lowest prices on the AppRadio check out Amazon or eBay. Make sure to find a brand new piece because buying a used one maybe cheaper but not always the best bet.
Go ahead and treat yourself to a Pioneer AppRadio this holiday season.
By AppRadioWorld at 4:11 AM
Friday, December 9, 2011
|Update your INRIX Traffic app today with 3.5.1|
The update was pushed today so I haven't tested battery usage with this new feature. I use INRIX Traffic regularly with my AppRadio so I will have more to report in the coming days. I have used this update today and haven't had any issues so far. It's hard to see how battery-usage won't be affected much with this but we'll see. However, with the AppRadio, the iPhone receives power all the time so battery issues won't be noticeable. I can use twice the coverage though. You can get the update by clicking here. Happy updating!
By AppRadioWorld at 4:51 PM
Thursday, December 8, 2011
|MIXTRAX is the latest AppRadio compatible app|
This is great. Slowly but surely a number of apps have started rolling out in the iOS app store that are compatible with Pioneer Electronics' AppRadio. The latest one comes from Pioneer Corporation themselves and it's called MIXTRAX.
(More pictures after the page break...)
By AppRadioWorld at 4:00 PM
Wednesday, December 7, 2011
|AUPEO! Personal Radio gets an update v2.41|
For those of you not familiar with AUPEO! Personal Radio it is an internet radio for iOS that is compatible with Pioneer's AppRadio. You basically choose a genre and it plays music... it's that simple. But there are moods that you can set which will fine tune the music that's played. A lot more and a really nice looking AppRadio interface.
The app just got an update from it's developers in the iOS App Store. The update adds support for Spanish, Italian and French. It also adds 30 new stations to the catalog. So if you haven't already go get it in the app store. Happy updating!
By AppRadioWorld at 12:34 PM
Tuesday, December 6, 2011
Hello,Obviously DashCommand needs more testing on the iPhone 4S. For AppRadio owners this is the only device that matters really. The fact that it works on Android doesn't really help. Hopefully a fix will come soon because the $50 investment in the app is quite a large one.
We have logged a several hour trip before, but we haven't tested on the
iPhone 4S with a really large file like that. We'll start testing this and
make sure it can save large logs.
I know that we have saved a 3-4 hour log on Android before without any trouble.
More updates soon.
By AppRadioWorld at 5:20 PM
Sunday, December 4, 2011
|DashCommand's data logging feature needs a fix.|
On my way back home I started logging data again.
By AppRadioWorld at 5:52 PM
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
|DashCommand Update 2.9.1|
The developers of DashCommand have pushed an update to their iOS app. The new version 2.9.1 promises a variety of bug fixes. I haven't encountered any of the bugs reported in the update but I have already updated the app. Hopefully this update fixes the AppRadio freezing issue I had a couple of days ago. As always, the update is free for current app owners. Happy updating!
By AppRadioWorld at 1:34 AM
Tuesday, November 29, 2011
So how do you extend this short cable? There are cable extenders available on eBay and Amazon, for example, which will extend the cable but don't essentially work. They will charge your iOS device but other functions will not work (iPod, DashCommand, Rdio etc.). This is because these cheaper cables do not pass all iPhone/iPod Touch functionality through them. They only provide connections for the power ports in the 30-pin connector.
By AppRadioWorld at 7:01 AM
Monday, November 28, 2011
The DashCommand app worked fine on the iPhone. When I connected the cable to the AppRadio though it was unusable. Basically nothing would click on tapping. Pressing the home button on the AppRadio brought me to the main screen. The volume buttons worked too. But none of the DashCommand menu icons on the AppRadio were clickable.
By AppRadioWorld at 9:25 AM
Friday, November 25, 2011
Then came the sort of second wave of apps that had included AppRadio functionality. These included StreamS HiFi Radio, AUPEO! and DashCommand. While the other two are apps used for streaming music over the internet, DashCommand is totally different. It is an OBD-II vehicle instrumentation application. It basically gives car specific data and gauges that are obtained directly from the engine (using OBD-II hardware which needs to be bought separately). The app itself costs $49.99 in the iOS App Store.
|The DashCommand app interface.|
By AppRadioWorld at 8:33 PM