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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

[BREAKING] Pioneer Bringing CarPlay To Their Receivers Very Soon

It's official! Pioneer Electronics will bring Apple's latest CarPlay technology to a select head units making these one of the first third-party receivers to get the latest software. The addition will happen sometime this summer through a firmware update.

After much speculation on whether CarPlay would be ported to after-market car systems today's news will put the whole car entertainment business in a frenzy. Here's the complete scoop from Pioneer.

Apple CarPlay will be available to users who own one of the new NEX receivers from Pioneer. A firmware update will be made available sometime early this summer which will enable CarPlay mode. A compatible iPhone (5/5C/5S) running iOS 7.1 or later will be required.

On connecting your iPhone to the head unit, Apple CarPlay will automatically be launched. CarPlay gives you an interface from where you can make calls, get directions, listen to your music library and also use other compatible CarPlay apps. That app library will probably expand as time goes on.

This feature will be available to Pioneer customers in the following countries: United States, Canada, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Mexico, Australia and Japan. While the compatible receivers have NEX model numbers in the United States and Canada, model numbers in the other countries may vary.

NEX Receivers:

Pioneer's 2014 line of head units are called Networked Entertainment eXperience or NEX. Five models are available in the US. These are AVIC-8000NEX, AVIC-7000NEX, AVIC-6000NEX, AVIC-5000NEX, and AVH-4000NEX. For more details click this link.

AppRadio Mode from Pioneer is also available additionally on the NEX receivers.

Get Ready for CarPlay:

If you've been looking for an upgrade to your car stereo, today's announcement from Pioneer should make your decision a bit easier. With CarPlay you will be ensured the latest car entertainment package out there.

And remember, CarPlay is developed and controlled by Apple which means regular updates to the technology will come from the Silicon Valley-based company itself. CarPlay will continue to be improved just as Apple updates iOS ever so often.

Currently, a few third-party applications are compatible with CarPlay but the list will grow. Right now Beats Music, iHeartRadio, Spotify, and Stitcher are CarPlay compatible.

Where to buy NEX:

NEX Receivers are already available for purchase. Get yourself ready for CarPlay by getting a NEX receivers from one of these options...

1. Best Buy: Best Buy's website only lists the AVIC-5000NEX for sale for $799.99. This is $50 over the suggested retail price from Pioneer. The head unit is not available for purchase at the time of this posting. The status says "Coming Soon". Other receivers are not listed yet.

2. Crutchfield: Crutchfield lists all models as available for shipping on 3/31/2014. Prices are the same as those suggested by Pioneer except the AVIC-5000NEX which is listed at $679.99 after a $70 discount.

3. Amazon: The best deals by far can be found on Amazon. Check out these affiliate links which show the low prices compared to other retailers...


AppRadio 3:

CarPlay will be available only on NEX receivers which means AppRadio 3 users won't be getting the update. AppRadio 3 hardware was released last year as two models: SPH-DA210 and SPH-DA110. Looks like Pioneer Electronics will use this CarPlay update to promote its NEX line of head units which means more bad news for AppRadio 3 customers.

Anyways, here is the press release from Pioneer will all the details. They also have a website set up for CarPlay on NEX which you should check out.


Pioneer Corporation today announced one  of  the  first  aftermarket  in-dash car multimedia systems to provide Apple  CarPlay®, allowing consumers the ability to upgrade the vehicle they already  own  to  the smarter, safer and more fun way to use iPhone® in the car.   CarPlay  compatibility  will be available in early summer 2014 via a firmware update to the five 2014 NEX in-dash multimedia receivers.

Utilizing  large,  in-dash  Pioneer  LCD  displays, CarPlay featuring Siri® voice  control, gives iPhone users the features while allowing them to stay focused on the road.  With CarPlay, consumers with iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c and iPhone  5  can  use  Siri to make and receive calls, compose and respond to text  messages,  use  Apple  Maps for navigation and listen to their music, podcasts  and  iTunes  RadioSM.   For more information about CarPlay, visit

“Pioneer’s  years of expertise integrating smartphone connectivity into the automotive  environment  has  provided  us  the opportunity to be among the first  to  offer  CarPlay to drivers,” said Ted Cardenas, vice president of marketing for the Car Electronics Division of Pioneer Electronics (USA) Inc.  “By  providing  an aftermarket option, Pioneer’s 2014 in-dash multimedia systems give many iPhone owners the ability to add CarPlay to their current vehicles.”

In  addition  to  a  host of on-board navigation and embedded entertainment options,  Pioneer’s  2014  in-dash multimedia systems boast a more advanced and  responsive  user  interface than previous Pioneer in-dash receivers as well as many sound quality, convenience and safety enhancements.

Source: Pioneer Electronics


  1. We need to get everyone that visits AppRadioWorld to contact Pioneer and request support on the AppRadio. Don't assume someone else will do it. Everyone needs to do so. The more people that contact them about it the more likely it is they'll see that it's worth the effort. A post here with their contact info, etc would be great.

  2. Really annoying that this will not be on App Radio...this radio is barely what you want it to be right now!

  3. One simple reason why it was a dumb business decision from PayPal to accept payment with Samsung instead of Apple. Apple customers spend much more money than android users. Many android users try to get apps and other services for free. Not the same target of customers.


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