It’s probably obvious that I lost interest in posting on this topic after the iPhone 5 challenges and my screen fogging issue. I won’t be renewing the custom domain name, so for anybody still coming here for reference purposes change your bookmarks to http://www.tumblr.com/blog/appradio. The current URL expires in June.
Pioneer Posts iOS 6/iPhone 5 Compatibility Matrix
As suspected, many functions are not supported on the iPhone 5 with the AppRadio head units.
Why the iPhone 5 isn’t going to work with AppRadio
Read this and you’ll get the distinct idea it’s not possible with the current AppRadio head units as they use video out: http://gizmodo.com/5943125/that-stupid-ass-expensiviphoneadapterntsupport-video-and-ipod-ou
So I Ordered My AppRadio Replacement…
I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore! Maybe I’m really more fatigued and sorry that my predictions came true, but I’ve had enough either way.
A little over a year ago, I was excited about the concept of AppRadio. I loved the idea of a reasonably priced head unit with a big screen exposing all the great apps on your iPhone for easy in-car use. However, it’s become increasingly obvious that for whatever reason, Pioneer is intent on limiting users to a handful of apps and perpetuating an inconsistent, often confusing and generally unfriendly user experience.
The last straw for me was the clouding of my screen which makes the display pretty much unreadable in bright sunlight. Also, my Bluetooth connection had become inconsistent such that some callers could not hear me. I’d become tired of working around other issues as well, though. The annoying parking brake notifications and requests to launch the AppRadio app were getting old too.
I wanted a way to integrate phone calls, navigation and traffic with my car without spending a ton of money and the AppRadio seemed like a good fit for that at the time. I still want that and, surprisingly, there still aren’t a lot of good options out there.
Based on reviews of the Clarion Next Gate this seems like AppRadio all over again. Apps need to be coded to work with their API and this limits choice. The Devium Dash is neat, but doesn’t give me that much over a good mount and an aux input and the new iPhone will require a new tray.
So what did I do? I ordered a Belkin Aircast from Amazon for a bit more that $50. It will connect to my iPhone with Bluetooth and my stereo through the aux input. I’m keeping my ProClip mount and this morning I reinstalled my OEM head unit. The new iPhone will likely have a slightly larger screen which will help for in car use and I’m hoping for an improved Siri implementation. This will let me use all the apps I love in the car without going through the AppRadio “filter” that limits what I can use on its screen and adds other baggage. I’ll still miss the big screen, but at least my smaller one won’t be foggy.