sam graves wrote: »
I don't think so.
It's a new unit, and one of the units that Apple themselves touted as being CarPlay ready as soon as the software was to be available in the Fall. The day that the CarPlay firmware came out, I updated and started using it. <span style="line-height:1.4em;">I don't see how it could be any better on a different unit. The available software just feels very rudimentary and the app selection is almost nonexistent. Those aspects are with Apple, not my Pioneer unit.</span>
sam graves wrote: »
The firmware update can easily hold the simple interface. What does the phone need to do other than send the audio and data info? (album art, song name, etc). This is already done via BT on some portable speakers, and BT is currently able to send audio, voice, data, photos, and video. Why not in the car?
vmarks wrote: »
I would think it comes with its own microphone in the box. Plug the provided mic into the input on the back, snake wire under dash, use VHB tape and mount mic at eye level on A pillar, or on top of steering column.
nolamacguy wrote: »
video on BT?
anyway, Apple or Mercedes originally said there would be a wifi version of CarPlay, I'd assume it's not working correctly yet, owing to video and touch.
The Pioneer has BT - when not plugged in, and BT is paired, calls route over BT. When plugged in, BT on the Pioneer is disabled, and calls route over Lightning.
Honestly, I'm not a fan of BT. Routing calls over Lightning doesn't represent feature loss to me, as much as it represents a gain for reliability and predictability. Yes, I'd be giving up compatibility with non-iPhones, but I accept that as a given when buying a CarPlay head unit.
Without naming a headunit brand (I've had this with more than a few head units from different manufacturers), pairing foibles, whose phone was paired last, which phone re-established pairing first (first in, wins the pairing race!), pairing and call audio that stays established after you turn the car off and leave the car (depending on power state of the radio with ignition off), pairing that is established but won't actually route the call audio because the Bluetooth stack of the head unit is confused, the lower audio quality of Bluetooth (unless using AAC), Bluetooth is a mixed bag.
Even with all that, I currently use Bluetooth in one of the cars to get audio from Spotify Radio to the head unit. Why? Because that head unit switches to Bluetooth audio input when the BT status is connected. Pressing Source several times to get it back to USB or connecting an AUX cable is even more steps, for a driver who doesn't want to know why these things work the way they do, and doesn't want to interact with it much - just wants the music to play.
When I get in the car, I frequently plug in the 12V Lightning charger I keep in the car and either dock it in a Kenu vent holder or a Griffin iSqueez cup holder. Connecting Lightning for CarPlay doesn't seem like a big change.
TomTom U.S.A does not work with CarPlay, as far as I know.
But it works great for me with my own customized version of CarPlay with a 9.7" screen:
And, as long as I have the WiFi + Cellular iPad plugged into the power adapter, I can use Siri hands-free to open apps, play music, search for other directions using Apple's Maps app, etc.
Yeesh. Though I’d say the same for just about every vehicle UI in the last few decades.
Apple needs to reinvent the car.
FYI, Alpine has just put ILX-007 Owner's Manual on their web site.
What's striking for me is, why wouldn't Alpine just force it to launch CarPlay on plugging in the phone? Otherwise, just plugging in a cable and having it work is fine by me. Bluetooth is added steps and room for failed connection.
With CarPlay on, you should be able to use Google Maps from the phone and have the Google Maps voice navigation play over the car speakers. Yes, interacting with the phone sort of defeats the purpose, but there you are - it will still work as it does with your factory version.
There's no headunit I know of that includes Google Maps natively, but the Parrot Asteroid Smart running Android Gingerbread that I reviewed a while back? I was able to root it and install Google Maps to it. It also handled call audio over Bluetooth, which seems to be something you like.