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Pioneer’s AppRadio Plays Nice with iPhone 5
Knowing that people are carrying around all the content they need on their smartphones, Pioneer is now working on ways to make it easier than ever for consumers to access it.
The company announced new connected car solutions, beginning with iPhone 5 compatibility. Apple’s change to the lightning cable disrupted the industry by not supporting analog video. Pioneer has developed three solutions to enhance connectivity between the iPhone 5 and thirteen Pioneer in-dash receivers, nine of which are new for 2013. Four 2012 receivers will be receiving firmware updates this spring. The kits include a connector cable and a 1.5-meter USB charging cable. Consumers will also need to separately buy Apple’s Lightning to USB cable, and a Lightning Adapter.
Pioneer also introduced three new in-dash navigation receivers and three DVD receivers, also available in March. All are equipped with Bluetooth, Aha Radio, AppRadio Mode, and are SiriusXM-Ready. The AVIC-X850BT ($800) features a 6.1-inch touchscreen, DVD playback, and a back-up camera input. The AVIC-X950BH ($950) features a seven-inch touchscreen, HD Radio, and a built-in traffic tuner, as does the $1200 AVIC-Z150BH.