If your iPhone was built into your car's dash, you wouldn't have to get caught texting and driving again. Last March, Apple announced CarPlay, which renovates the clunky digital infotainment system interface with the familiarity of the iOS mobile operating system. And at today's Apple event, the tech company announced that every major car brand has committed to delivering CarPlay.
We got to touch, see, and experience Apple CarPlay for ourselves while testing Pioneer's CarPlay-compatible aftermarket infotainment systems. Pioneer users with select models — AVIC-8000NEX, AVIC7000NEX, AVIC-6000NEX, AVIC5000NEX, and AVH-4000NEX — will be able to download the CarPlay software onto a USB drive, then simply install it onto the dash using the in-car USB port. The systems can be installed into just about any car, but it's not an installation project for a novice.
The systems can be bought at Best Buy, and Pioneer suggests hiring Best Buy's Geek Squad to implement the new infotainment center into the car. Get Apple CarPlay without getting a whole new car via Pioneer now. You'll need a Lightning-cable-connected device, a data plan to use Messages or Maps, and iOS 7.1 or later. Scroll to get an up-close-and-personal look at Apple CarPlay!