Apple CarPlay on Pioneer head unit

Pioneer, Kenwood unveil new head units for Apple CarPlay

At the Consumer Electronics Show this week, both Pioneer and Kenwood have unveiled new third-party head units that will support Apple’s CarPlay. Now iPhone owners looking to make the most of CarPlay won’t have to buy a new vehicle.

Pioneer announced 3 new head unit models that have CarPlay: the AVIC-8100NEX, AVIC-7100NEX and AVH-4100NEX. The 2nd generation NEX units use an external microphone for voice input, and a wired remote to use with built-in steering wheel controls.

Interested buyers will be able to purchase the new head units in March, beginning at $700 for the AVH-4100NEX, $1,200 for the AVIC-7100NEX, and $1,400 for the AVIC-8100NEX.

The head units also support Google’s Android Auto.

Kenwood has announced its own DDX9902S which also supports CarPlay and Android Auto. The unit ships with a HDMI port that allows iPhone 5, 6, and 6 plus owners to charge their device while connected.

Pricing and availability information for the DDX9902S is not yet available, but Kenwood says it will be released “soon.”

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