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Friday, September 27, 2013

How To Check The Time On Your AppRadio From Any Screen [How-To]

One of the main complaints about the AppRadio is the absence of a clock when in AppRadio Mode. There is a large clock in the center of the home screen but most apps don't display the time. There is one quick trick you can do to check the time on any screen or in any menu.

This trick works with the AppRadio 3 and should work with the AppRadio 2 too (requires confirmation). First generation AppRadio users can let us know if this works for them.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

CONFIRMED: White Lightning Extension Cable From iMod.Co Works!

We have finally found a working lightning extension cable to use with the Apple digital AV adapter connected to an AppRadio. Some of our readers have already reported positive results from these cables.

The cable can be purchased from the overseas website I purchased the white colored cable and it works great.

BestParking Version 2.0 Drops Pioneer AppRadio Support, Offers Refunds

BestParking is an app that serves information about the cheapest and most convenient parking garages and lots in over 100 cities in North America. The app has been AppRadio compatible for quite a while now but a recent update has dropped AppRadio support.

The founder of the app, Ben Sann, has informed us of the change through this following email…

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Pandora Radio Version 5.0 Adds New Features Including iOS 7 Functionality

The music streaming service Pandora Radio is receiving tough competition from the newly launched iTunes Radio these days. In a possible move to compete better, developers have updated the app to version 5.0 and added a few new features.

Below is a complete list of what's new in this version. Most iPhone features have been added to the iPad version too. A small feature update to the Android version is also mentioned below.

EC Touch For AppRadio Updated To Add iOS 7 Compatibility

EC Touch for AppRadio from Motus Labs has been updated to add iOS 7 compatibility. The new version 3.0.4 which was released yesterday, is available for download from the App Store. Here are some more details.

New iOS 7 Apple Maps Interface Deserves Full AppRadio Compatibility [Opinion]

Apple Maps have been through a lot in the last year or so. First there was the big goof up with iOS 6 which led to a few firings within management and now there is an iOS 7 upgrade that's tried to fix a few of those issues.

Popularity among iOS devices may still trail Google Maps but Apple is definitely working on improving the experience. I have to be honest, I prefer Apple Maps when using the AppRadio 3 over Google Maps. The main reason being using Siri to get directions handsfree while driving. Apple Maps gets the job done.

Jailbreak For iOS 6.1.4 Coming Soon [Jailbreak]

iOS users who haven't upgraded to iOS 7 yet, will be glad to know that a jailbreak for version 6.1.4, which was the last iOS 6 version, is close to release. Jailbroken iOS software allows users to install apps from the Cydia Store. The popular AppRadio tweak, AppRadio Extensions (AppEx), is available there.

App Update Roundup: StreamS HiFi Radio, BestParking, MotionX GPS Drive, CarMediaPlayer [09/24/13]

These past few days, the following AppRadio compatible apps have been updated… StreamS HiFi Radio, BestParking, MotionX GPS Drive and CarMediaPlayer. Details about each app update and links to download from the App Store are included below. Updates are for iOS versions of the app only.

Sunday, September 22, 2013

iPhone 5S Issue Fixed, Fully Compatible With AppRadio 3 [User Feedback]

The iPhone 5S running iOS 7 is fully compatible with Pioneer AppRadio 3 and other AppRadio Mode enabled head units.

The issue we posted about yesterday regarding connectivity problems the iPhone 5S had with the AppRadio 3 has turned out to be an isolated issue. User "JC" has emailed us today as to how he has managed to fix this.

We also received feedback from a couple of other users that have confirmed the iPhone 5S works perfectly with the AppRadio Mode enabled head units. Here is the complete list of user feedback regarding the iPhone 5S along with the fix from "JC".

User Video Shows AppRadio 3 Working With iPhone 5 Running iOS 7 [Video]

Although there are some doubts on whether the new iPhone 5S works with AppRadio 3 or not, one of our readers has made a video showing the iPhone 5 running iOS 7 working with AppRadio 3 (SPH-DA110) without any issues. It is safe to say the issue isn't with iOS 7 and may be an isolated issue.

The YouTube video from user "jlinnell51" can be watched below.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

iPhone 5S Having Issues Connecting To AppRadio 3 [DEVELOPING STORY]

As the iPhone 5S makes its way into customers' hands new details about connectivity with AppRadio Mode enabled devices are starting to surface. Yesterday's launch of Apple's latest and greatest smartphone is already being called a very successful launch but early adopters who have AppRadio 3 in their car have started complaining about compatibility issues already.

iPhone 5S More Popular Than iPhone 5C [Poll Results]

The readers of our website have voted either in favor of upgrading to the iPhone 5S or not upgrading at all. We ran a poll just before Apple made both the iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C available for purchase yesterday.

Apart from the results from our poll there are other signs that suggest the iPhone 5S is going to be more popular than its less technologically advanced sibling.

AppRadio Is The Best Navigation Option While Driving [Poll Results]

Our last poll asked which method of navigation is the best to use while driving. There were five choices: Standalone GPS, AppRadio + Smartphone, Built-In Car Nav, Smartphone and Printed Maps. Our readers voted and the results are in!

Friday, September 20, 2013

AppRadio 3 (SPH-DA110) Gets Firmware Update In Europe Only

Pioneer Europe has put out an update for the AppRadio 3 (SPH-DA110) non-disk drive version. The update version 8.05 is available for download from the Pioneer website. The update has nothing to do with the launch of iOS 7 or adding compatibility of any sort.

Read the full details below.

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

iPhone 4/4S Running iOS 7 Incompatible With First Generation AppRadio

Apple launched its latest mobile operating system, iOS 7, yesterday. Within hours of the OS becoming available for download, Pioneer Electronics sent out emails to its AppRadio customers informing them of issues with the first generation AppRadio (SPH-DA01 and SPH-DA02) and iOS 7.

Here's the email…

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

AppRadio App Gets Updated Before iOS 7 Launch

iOS 7 will be available for download tomorrow to millions of iOS device owners. The September 18 launch date comes two days before Apple's latest iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C go on sale. App developers have been updating their apps over the last couple of days to make them compatible with iOS 7.

Pioneer Electronics has also updated their AppRadio app. But the app description doesn't mention if it was updated to add iOS 7 compatibility. Here are complete details from the App Store.

Friday, September 13, 2013

Get The AppRadio 3 (SPH-DA210) At An All-Time Low Price Of $359 [Amazon]

Amazon has continually had good discounts on AppRadio products. If you're looking to buy a Pioneer AppRadio 3 (SPH-DA210) then Amazon might be the place for you. I found the CD/DVD model at the lowest price since launch at $358.99 only (link below).

Still No Reliable Lightning Extension Cable Option Available

After weeks of trying to get a successful lightning cable extension that works with the Apple Digital AV Adapter, we are still at square one. Although there have been a few working instances we've seen so far, not all of them have been successfully repeated by other consumers.

iPhone 5C Still Available On Pre-order, Delivered On September 20

Gone are the days when an iPhone would go on preorder and sell-out within a few hours. The iPhone 5C which went on preorder at 12:01 a.m. today is still available in all configurations and from all providers with a guaranteed September 20 delivery.

What does this tell us about the success of the new product?

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Things Apple Didn't Mention At Today's iPhone Event

Today's Apple iPhone event in Cupertino lasted a little over an hour (excluding the Elvis Costello performance) and was full of information we've been waiting for. Two new iPhones were announced with many new technologies in them.

There were a few details Apple didn't talk about though. Here are a few thoughts and details…

BREAKING: iPhone 5S And iPhone 5C Coming On September 20

For the first time, Apple is launching two new iPhones. At the iPhone event in Cupertino, California earlier today Apple announced its latest smartphones confirming the long-standing rumors surrounding the event. The two iPhones will be called iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C and will be available for purchase on September 20 (iPhone 5C preorders start September 13).

Tips For Improving AppRadio Screen Readability [How-To]

AppRadio screens have a glossy finish which can sometimes make it hard to read. Glare on a bright day is often the culprit. In fact, almost all head units and tech devices these days have glossy screens.

Screens are also fingerprint magnets. Within a few taps plenty of smudges can be seen which can also make it difficult to see what's on the screen. 

There are ways you can improve readability though. Here are a few tips.

Monday, September 9, 2013

Will We Actually See Two New Apple iPhones Tomorrow? [Opinion]

September 10 is almost here and there has been a lot of anticipation surrounding Apple lately. The tech giant is due to announce it's next generation iPhone(s) tomorrow and there have been plenty of rumors to chew on in the last few weeks.

So will we actually see two new iPhones announced tomorrow? Here's what I think...

Tell Us Which Device Setup Is The Best For Navigation While Driving [Poll]

This week's poll question aims to find out which device you think is the best to use for navigation while driving. There are many options we have while driving these days. The smartphone era has changed the device landscape completely.

Saturday, September 7, 2013

Pioneer Announces NavGate Head-Up Display (HUD) For Europe [Video]

Pioneer Europe has announced the release of a new product called NavGate Head-Up Display (HUD) for smartphone navigation apps. The device attaches to the driver's sun visor and projects traffic, navigation and other info through the windscreen.

Here are full details and a product video.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

Will Siri Upgrades In iOS 7 Improve In-Car Functionality?

With AppRadio 3 you have the option of using Siri when connected to an iPhone 5. Long-pressing the home button on the head unit activates the voice assistant which can accept various iPod commands, read your text messages or give you directions using Maps. But the functionality is quite limited.

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Pioneer: "Users Should Contact Authorized Samsung Dealers Regarding Smartphone Adapters"

Pioneer has AppRadio compatibility charts posted on its website. Among the compatible phones are a few Samsung devices that have a special note about them. They need an additional Samsung adapter to connect to an AppRadio mode enabled head unit.

There has been a lot of confusion regarding this matter across various tech forums. In some instances, different phones require a different Samsung adapter to correctly connect to an AppRadio. The phones in question are the following…

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Video Shows Samsung Galaxy Note II Having Issues With AppRadio 2 [Video]

A YouTube video from user "RTcharger"shows a Samsung Galaxy Note II working with a Pioneer AppRadio 2. In the video the user outlines some issues he has using Pioneer's connection kit as well as a third-party kit to connect to the head unit. A few other interesting details have emerged from the video.

It's Official, Apple Sends Out Invitations For September 10 iPhone Event

What were merely rumors, pretty reliable nonetheless, have been confirmed today by Apple regarding their upcoming iPhone event. The Silicon Valley-based tech mogul will hold this year's event on September 10.

Monday, September 2, 2013

New iPhone To Be Announced On September 10, Launch On September 20

A couple of reports across the web suggest that the new iPhone that Apple will announce on September 10 will be available for purchase on September 20. Apple's big iPhone event which is scheduled to happen later this month will also result in the launch of their new mobile operating system, iOS 7.

App Update Roundup: Waze, SoundCloud, Google Maps [09/02/13]

This past week, the following AppRadio related apps have been updated… Waze, SoundCloud* and Google Maps*. Details about each app update and links to download from the App Store are included below. Updates are for iOS versions of the app only.

Sunday, September 1, 2013

Black Colored Lightning Cables From Third-Party Manufacturers Have Issues

After the huge wave of response we received about getting a lighting extension cable for the iPhone 5 connection in the car, we have now learned that third-party lightning cables may or may not work depending on the color of the cable. This information has been confirmed by the third-party reseller from China, iPhone5Mod.