About a month ago we reported of the AppRadio from Pioneer, and we had a few questions regarding the works of this car radio. Well, Pioneer finally did it with its AppRadio. Just yesterday, Pioneer released the official news about the AppRadio.
As we know, the AppRadio is specifically design for the iPhone and the 4th-generation iPod running iOS 4.2 or later. It has no CD player or satellite radio; instead, it is heavily depended on the iPhone apps to run it. However, it comes with a built-in AM/FM tuner and GPS receiver in case the iPhone is out of service range.
As of now, Pioneer has five partners for apps that run on the AppRadio, which include MotionX GPS for turn-by-turn directions, Google Maps, INRIX Traffic, RDIO for on-demand music playback, and Pandora.
The applications are ported to a larger 6.1-inch capacitive touchscreen while maintaining visual functionality similar to the iOS. Developers need to include Pioneer’s API into their app in order to interface with the Pioneer head unit.
The AppRadio will be available by the end of this June at around $500. It seems the applications are free to download, however, Pioneer may attach a month subscription to these apps.