Pioneer has released the second generation of its NEX head units with Apple's CarPlay.
These new systems, which first debuted at CES 2015, offer integration not only with CarPlay, but Google's Android Auto. They also come with Pioneer's AppRadio, which connects to both iOS and Android devices, either over Bluetooth or a wired connection. There are five new units in total, according to Pioneer:
The 2015 NEX line includes the AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX and AVH-4100NEX, the first products to offer consumers both Android™ Auto and Apple CarPlay™ connectivity to provide maximum smartphone connectivity flexibility. Two additional models, the AVIC-6100NEX and AVIC-5100NEX, offer only Apple CarPlay compatibility.
CarPlay is Apple's system for connecting your iPhone to your car. It allows you to access apps like Maps, Phone, Messages, and Music, as well as compatible third-party apps. CarPlay came to many of Pioneer's existing head units last year as part of a software update, while this year's receivers were built with CarPlay in mind from the start.
The receivers start at $700 for the AVH-4100NEX, which started shipping last week, and go all the way up to $1,400 for the AVIC-8100NEX. All five units are available now from authorized Pioneer retailers.
Source: Business Wire