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When it comes to new cars, in-dash touchscreen systems with apps are becoming all the rage.  However, what if you want something similar in a car that isn’t so new?  A very familiar name is offering a solution.  Pioneer is offering a solution with their second generation SPH-DA100 in dash unit, but since that’s a little cumbersome let’s just call it by its other name, the AppRadio 2.

For Car Audio aficionados we’re talking about a double din sized head with a MOSFET power amp with four 50-watt channels.  If you already have a power amp you’re happy with, the head has two sets of RCA jacks, front and rear, and a subwoofer out.  EQ is 5 band graphic with easy presets, and it has AM/FM with RDS.  CD and cassette are nowhere to be found, however, if you’re buying this unit, you probably won’t be needing them.  It also has connections for GPS, rear-facing backup camera, and hands-free Bluetooth speakerphone with dash-mounted Mic.

However, what you really want to hear about is what happens behind the 7” capacitive touchscreen.  For owners of the iPhone 4/4S and select Android phones, the AppRadio2  connects with your contacts, calendar info, photos, and music library, as well as using an API to pass through apps like Pandora, Rdio, BestParking, and turn-by-turn navigation apps, and display them on the large touchscreen. Pioneer has its own App Store-like control over what apps can or can’t be used on this unit, so don’t plan on playing Angry Birds or Draw Something while driving any time soon. Please note though that this unit has no hard drive or cellular connection of its own, so having your smartphone plugged in is essential to it working its magic.

The Pioneer AppRadio 2 is available now at a suggested retail price of $599.99

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Ben is an external Associate Editor at Geek Beat. He can be described connoisseur of things technological. Ben's hobbies include reading up on Military, Naval, and Aeronautical history, playing around with his Macs and iDevices, exploring the mountainous bluffs of Dubuque, IA and Galena, IL, and proving that 15+ years of practice does not make perfect on his guitars. If you want to find him Ben can be found on Twitter (@benroethig), Google (gplus.to/benroethig), and as an occasional guest on Apple related podcasts.

3 Responses

  1. Bryan

    Anyone know if the cable to your phone charges your phone ? has anyone tried sideloading apps to this ?

  2. Jack

    I currently own the original AppRadio and it’s terrible. I have so many issues with it and had the cable replaced and was with out it for a month and a half. I tried out the AppRadio 2 at Best Buy and the same issues. I cannot wait to get rid of it and get another head unit.