Beyond the fancy OEM installs of CarPlay we saw at the Geneva Motor Show, rumblings of aftermarket solutions continue with word of a possible Alpine unit this fall. According to Nikkei what we'll be seeing is the first commercially available aftermarket CarPlay unit in the U.S. and Europe:
The unit will then apparently go on sale in Alpine's native Japan 'as soon as 2015.'
Car makers like Ferrari and Mercedes getting onboard is awesome and all, but most of us can't afford a new Ferrari or Mercedes on a whim, especially just to get CarPlay. However, $500 to $700 – while still a lot of money – is a much more feasible option for a lot more people. Alpine has been making quality car stereo equipment for many a year now – I've owned a few myself over the years – so we're looking forward to hearing more about this.
I'm looking forward to seeing these units.
Hell yeah! I'm excited!! Sent from the iMore App
I want to know how this can be retrofitted into a vehicle with an integrated stereo, like most modern cars. My current car, a 2010 low-end Focus, has a fully integrated stereo with the first iteration of Ford Sync. As good as it is, it does have its issues, and doesn't actually "sync" with my iPhone. But being fully integrated into the vehicle... there is no interchangable head unit.
Metra 99-5816 http://www.metraonline.com/part/99-5816
Interesting, thank you.
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