Pioneer Clarifies iPhone 5, iOS 6 Updates Model by Model

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Pioneer has completed additional testing of its products and says a firmware update will be coming soon for 6 of its Bluetooth radios to allow them to work with an iPhone 4 or 4S running the new iOS 6 update.    The new firmware update will restore a radio’s ability to control the phone over Bluetooth and display song data on the radio.

Pioneer AppRadio 2 SPH-DA100
Pioneer AppRadio 2 SPH-DA100

“We are currently working on this firmware update and will release ETA [Estimated Time of Arrival]  information soon,” said a report to retailers.

Pioneer’s other Bluetooth products do not need a firmware update, it said.

For the iPhone 5, several of Pioneer’s radios have lost functionality.

Five Pioneer radios will not play music from an iPhone 5 or show metadata and control track up/down. Some will no longer work with Pandora.  Pioneer’s AppRadio mode also is not supported when connected to an iPhone 5.  The 5 radios include the AVH-P8400BH, the AVIC-X940BT, the AVIC-Z140BH and the AppRadio and AppRadio 2.

Pioneer noted that 14 of its other radios continue to play and control music from an iPhone 5 when using the new Lightning cable that ships with the phone.

Because Apple has switched to digital video output instead of analog video, every car audio supplier we polled said its radios cannot reproduce video from an iPhone 5, including Pioneer.

Additionally, Apple has not yet made suppliers aware of any future adapters that will restore composite video, as used by most car radios.

For the full model by model break down of Pioneer radios and compatibility with iPhone 5 and iOS 6 click here:

See also:

Pioneer Updates AppRadio for iOS6

Car Radio Makers Cite Problems With iOS 6

 Alpine Posts Fix for iPhone 5 Issues

Audiovox DICE Kits Compatible With iOS6; iPhone 5 Without Adapter

Source: Pioneer Electronics

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  1. Got to love Apple products… another PLUS for android people.
    When are they going to realize apples are for pies and juices. 🙂

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