Alpine finally revealed details on a special Apple CarPlay-focused car radio, which it will launch in October.
The radio is designed specifically to be used with an iPhone and will not have a CD mechanism, nor Bluetooth. Users will get navigation, music and messaging from CarPlay when they plug in their iPhone with a Lightning cable. Without the phone, the unit can function as a standalone AM/FM radio.
The model ILX-007 uses a high tech 7-inch capacitive multi-touch screen (similar to those used in smartphones). It’s a double DIN unit that comes with a separate mic to mount on the on the A-pilar or nearby.
Speaking from KnowledgeFest (renamed the Mobile Electronics Show) in Dallas this week, Alpine’s Steve Brown said the CarPlay feature on the radio “works well and is reliable.” A prototype was not on display on the show floor.
Pioneer is expected to release a firmware update to render its NEX line of 5 car radios compatible with CarPlay this summer.