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Apple’s CarPlay has been a bit of an enigma since it was first announced at WWDC and then re-announced at the Geneva International Motor Show in March. We knew it was coming to new cars, but how many iPhone owners would be driving a 2015 model vehicle? What about the cars you already own? Would it require a new stereo or could it come to one you already owned? Car audio powerhouse Pioneer answered those questions in a big way today. They announced that not only was CarPlay coming to the aftermarket, but their NEX line of in-dash touchscreen head units would be receiving a firmware update to enable CarPlay Support.

The firmware patch will come this summer to 5 different head units. Compatible units include the 7″ AVIC-8000NEX and AVIC-7000NEX and the 6.1″ AVIC-6000NEX and AVIC-5000NEX plus the 7″ AVH-4000NEX for cars with a Double-DIN stereo form factor. Compatible iPhones include the 5, 5C, 5S, and presumably any further lightning connected iPhones down the line. The Pioneer NEX line has a suggested retail price of between $700 and $1400 depending on model. That’s before install. For those wanting more information, they can find it at www.pioneer-carglobal.com/CarPlay.

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Source: Pioneer BusinessWire Release

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