• Apr 27th 2011 at 2:29PM
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Our compatriots over at CrunchGear got themselves an impressive little exclusive in the form of the Pioneer AppRadio. The aftermarket double-din head-unit (model number SPH-DA01) is an iPhone or iPod Touch user's automotive dream, complete with a 6.1-inch capacitive multitouch screen, home button, USB ports, S-Video and RCA jacks, along with a 30-pin Apple-spec dock to mount your iDevice.

According to CrunchGear's sources, the AppRadio is designed to interface exclusively with iOS 4.1 devices (meaning Android and Windows Phone 7 users are left out in the cold) and runs a UI that's remarkably similar to the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad (we'll see how Apple's lawyers take to that). Pioneer is developing apps for the head-unit, including Pandora and iHeartRadio, while the standard Bluetooth connectivity, AM/FM stereo, MicroSD slot and GPS functionality are also part of the package.

There's no word on price or availability yet, and since the specs don't include a modem, the AppRadio will pull data from your iPhone. We'd expect an official announcement before the end of the year and should see the hardware in person at the next CES.

[Source: CrunchGear]


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      Making11s
      • 4 Years Ago
      Just duplicate my smartphone screen on my car's touchscreen and leave it at that. That's all anyone wants anyway.
      Spytap
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why can't I just plug my iPhone into an empty slot in the console? It's the right size, would handle all the functions through the docking port, and doubles as a place to put my phone while driving. When I park, I pull out the phone and put it back into my pocket. Seems simple enough, why doesn't it exist?
        Faked Book
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Spytap
        I also like this idea and it has been done: oxygenaudio.com/o-series/363-o-car.html Now only if other manufactures would get on board with this idea..
      gearhead364
      • 4 Years Ago
      Regardless of the OS, I think this is exciting news, this will only push more manufacturers to compete, hopefully with Android devices.
      SheldonRoss
      • 4 Years Ago
      Why not just use Android and be done with it? It would be free to use and allow interface with any device that manufacturers wanted to interface it with.
      Mike Pulsifer
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they go with those icons, then they deserve to get sued. Four of those icons are DIRECT COPIES of Apple's: - Mail - Cloud (Mobile Me) - Radar (Find my iPhone) - Calendar
        Making11s
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Mike Pulsifer
        That's a rendering that Autoblog probably made specifically to accompany this article. All they did was take the icons from the world's most common apps and put them on a picture of a pioneer head unit so that they would have a picture to go long with their blog post. This is not from Pioneer or in any way an accurate depiction of what the system will look like.
          Mike Pulsifer
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Making11s
          Actually, yes and no. Now that I looked into it closer, it wasn't even Autoblog (they're not that talented. ;) ) It was CrunchGear that created the lame mock-up. "[special thanks to Bryce, our graphical ninja for the mockup]"
      Salvatore Gallace
      • 4 Years Ago
      Pioneer is not going to get sued. Don't any of you remember the "iPod Out" feature that was part of the release of iOS 4??? BMW already has something like this as part of their iDrive system. http://www.mobilecrunch.com/2010/07/13/ios-4s-hidden-ipod-out-feature-brings-iphone-support-to-your-car-without-the-messy-third-party-ui/ What iPod Out basically does is push the UI out from the iPhone/iPod itself to the head unit. Commands input on the head unit screen are relayed back to the iPhone/iPod and it does all the heavy lifting. The head unit is essentially a "dumb terminal". My guess is that this new radio is exactly that, a "dumb terminal" that takes full advantage of this "iPod Out" functionality. Given that the feature just arrived in June/July of 2010 when iOS 4 was released it's no surprise that it's taken about a year for the manufacturers to start taking advantage of it.
      LEDfoot
      • 4 Years Ago
      So why are we not seeing more devices like this running Android? Sony has (very expensive) touchscreen head units with tomtom navigation. I think Kenwood has them with Garmin navigation.. Have none of these guys heard of the free google maps with navigation on Android?
      chrisell
      • 4 Years Ago
      Because this is what we need - yet more ways to distract already-vacant drivers on the go.
      G S
      • 4 Years Ago
      this is a lawsuit waiting to happen...
      Sportbike
      • 4 Years Ago
      Apple, Just license your iOS to these vendors.
        Mike Pulsifer
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Sportbike
        They don't license their OS because there's no guarantee the other company wouldn't shovel a poor user experience on top of it, tarnishing Apple's brand.
          Zoom
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Mike Pulsifer
          That's exactly right. But on AB, being right doesn't mean you won't be downrated.
          Mike Pulsifer
          • 4 Years Ago
          @Mike Pulsifer
          @Zoom True, that. LOL
      Dante
      • 4 Years Ago
      I think this was seen on the Lexus CT200h by Five Axis http://www.forcegt.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/02/five-axis-lexus-project-ct-10.jpg
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