Pioneer today unveiled its latest lineup of NEX aftermarket
head units — all of which come with CarPlay as standard.
Each features an
improved touchscreen up to 7 inches in size, and Bluetooth
connectivity for hands-free calls and media streaming. They can
access Spotify on your iPhone without using CarPlay, in
addition to videos stored on a USB stick.
If you’re buying a new car today, you’ll find plenty that come
with CarPlay pre-installed. But for those who are buying older
models or don’t plan to upgrade at all, an aftermarket head
unit is the easiest, most affordable way to get your hands on
one of the first supporters of Apple’s in-car platform, and its
new NEX series offers CarPlay as standard. There are
five new units in total, including two with 7-inch
and two with 6.2-inch displays (AVH-1330NEX
The fifth unit (AVH-3300NEX)
is a smaller model that’s more compatible with older vehicles
that don’t have space for double-DIN devices.
five units offer improved, resistive touchscreens with
24-bit color and increased color depth. Pioneer is introducing
new software with a redesigned user interface, with the ability
to control media from connected devices, Spotify compatibility,
and the ability to create Pandora stations.
also offers a 13-band graphic equalizer, auto EQ and auto time
alignment, video playback from external USB devices, support
for FLAC files, and Waze navigation. But things get really
interesting when your plug your iPhone into the USB port.
This activates CarPlay on all five units, giving you
access to Apple’s platform and ecosystem of apps. You’ll be
able to send and receive iMessages, use Apple Maps for
navigation, enjoy your favorite podcasts, and stream from Apple
Three of the units will also offer Android Auto for those who
prefer Google. You’ll be able to get your hands on them in the
U.S. starting in July, and prices will start at $400.