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Pioneer Increases iPhone Connectivity for AppRadio

Three connectivity kits for iPhone 5 provide compatibility for 13 in-dash products available in spring

Pioneer Electronics USA announced three solutions that the devicemaker says provide enhanced connectivity between iPhone 5 and 13 2013 and 2012 Pioneer in-dash receiver models.

When used with a compatible Pioneer in-dash receiver and an appropriate Apple Lightning adapter accessory, the kits enable iPhone 5 users to access and control select iPhone 5 apps via the in-dash touchscreen display; play and control music and videos stored on iPhone 5; and play and control of the Pandora Internet Radio and Aha Radio apps running on their iPhone 5 via the AppRadio and AppRadio Mode interface. 

This should enhance the existing Bluetooth connectivity between iPhone 5 and these Pioneer in-dash receivers, including providing hands-free calling and, on select models, A2DP wireless audio streaming and control.

Customers want connectivity in the car; that’s spurring Pioneer to develop these solutions, a spokesman told Radio World at the International CES in Las Vegas.

These connectivity kits are compatible with the AppRadio 2 SPH-DA100; the new 2013 AVIC-Z150BH, AVIC-X950BH and AVIC-X850BT in-dash navigation receivers; the 2012 AVIC-Z140BT and AVIC-X940BT in-dash navigation receivers; the new-for-2013 AVH-X8500BHS, AVH-X7500BT, AVH-X5500BHS, AVH-X4500BT, AVH-X3500BH and AVH-X2500BT multimedia DVD receivers; and the 2012 AVH-P8400BH multimedia DVD receiver.