Alpine Electronics is now shipping a CarPlay radio at $800, making it the second aftermarket brand to offer Apple CarPlay iOS for the car.
Alpine’s radio is dedicated to CarPlay so its USB port works only with iPhone radios (iPhone 5 and 6 versions).
Alpine calls it, the “World’s first in-dash product dedicated to the CarPlay Experience.” The device is not just CarPlay-ready but designed completely around CarPlay.
The unit has no CD mechanism, nor Bluetooth. It is meant to be used in CarPlay mode to access music, including iTunes Radio, and Spotify, as well as navigation, messaging and handsfree calling.
The radio has a 7-inch tablet-like capacitive touch screen. It has an AM/FM radio with RBDS, and its steering control and rear view camera ready with 3 (2V) preouts. It comes with a USB extension cable, but the user must provide his own lightning cable (that comes with an iPhone).
Pioneer was first to offer CarPlay in the aftermarket.
Currently the only car that ships with CarPlay is a Ferrari, although several car makers have demonstrated the feature and committed to offering it in the future.
Alpine said its iLX-007 is compatible with its TuneIt App (version 2.0) that provides custom sound tuning for a car radio. Users can adjust audio settings from the phone for time correction, parametric EQ, crossover points, preset EQ modes and more.
Photo of Alpine iLX-007