Pioneer to launch a double-din car audio headunit with iOS-like interface
Pioneer has sent in to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) an unnamed double-din headunit, and then some rumors surfaced onto the net, claiming to be insiders of Pioneer. This double-din headunit is codenamed SPH-DA01 and is rumored to be called the Pioneer AppRadio. Woot, what a daredevil name it has. Hopefully no lawsuit will follow this innocent newcomer.
It’s common for Pioneer to send in new car audio players to FCC for approval, but what’s so special about this particular? Well, the name itself is already very suggestive. The UI of this player is said to mimic iOS experience, despite not actually running on iOS. I wonder what Apple’s stand on this is.
It’s said that any devices with iOS 4.1 and above will be able to connect to the AppRadio through traditional USB dock connector cable and feeds the deck with the phone’s contacts and music. No support for Android and WinMo devices though. It’s said that app streaming is also possible with live demos of Pandora and iHeartRadio seen by the source. Then again, Internet connectivity is provided by the iPhone, as FCC doesn’t mention any wireless radios on this Pioneer AppRadio.
The player is said to be somewhat mimicking Apple’s iOS products. The double-din player has a 6.1-inch multitouch capacitive screen with a home button mounted under it, and volume rocker mounted on the driver’s side. The Dock Connector cable plugs into a USB port on a rear-connecting cable adapter that also features an S-Video and RCA jack. There’s even an optional steering wheel-mounted control unit for controlling media playback.
Things seemed to be rather standard though. There’s support for optical disc, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth connectivity, AM/FC, GPS, and the ability to hook up a rear view camera.
Well, Pioneer hasn’t given any official statement here, neither did Apple. So we’ll have to wait for a while.
SOURCE via Crunchgear