Alpine Electronics in-dash receiver with Apple CarPlay now shipping

Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. today announces availability in North American markets and introduces the iLX-007, an aftermarket in-dash receiver dedicated for optimum compatibility with Apple CarPlay. This exciting new product will further enhance Alpine’s in-vehicle environment providing drivers a smarter, safer, more fun way to use iPhone in the car.

The iLX-007 is a mech-less in-dash receiver with a 7-inch capacitive touch screen with a flat-face design. It is dedicated for use with Apple CarPlay to provide drivers with a seamless iPhone experience in the vehicle. Apple CarPlay gives iPhone users an incredibly intuitive way to make calls, use Maps, listen to music and access messages with just a word or a touch. When Apple CarPlay is used on the iLX-007, users can control Apple CarPlay from the 7-inch screen or activate Siri for minimized distraction. Corresponding audio, driving directions and phone calls are played through the vehicle’s speaker system. Apple CarPlay uses a Lightning connector and is compatible with iPhone 5 or later, including iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and the latest version of iOS.

Other features include three (2V) preouts, one aux input, Alpine’s MediaXpander technology for improved playback of compressed media and an input for a rear view camera system (camera system sold separately). It has a shallow, 3-inch chassis for greater installation flexibility into vehicles.

The iLX-007 is compatible with the Alpine TuneIt App (version 2.0), a free smartphone app that provides customized sound tuning for Alpine audio systems. The Alpine TuneIt App lets users easily adjust a wide range of sound settings including time correction, parametric EQ, crossover points, preset EQ modes and more. The settings are made through the app and uploaded to the iLX-007 for precise sound customization and immediate results.

“Apple CarPlay is an incredible experience for drivers. We are pleased to offer Alpine users a product dedicated to Apple CarPlay, which provides access to the iPhone features they want to use most while driving, such as Maps, Messages, making calls, listening to music and more,” said Hirofumi Morioka, Alpine’s senior director and CTO, in a statement.

The iLX-007 is available for $800 SRI and now shipping to select authorized Alpine retailers.

Source: Alpine Electronics, Inc.

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  1. In the market for this exact product. Didn’t like the Pioneer offerings as to get a nice screen like this you have to pay for navigation and a cd drive that you will never use. This is available from Crutchfield ofr $600 bucks shipped with the wiring for your car. Not a bad deal.

  2. Schmluss, above brings up the question: does using Apple Maps for navigation in cars via Car Play eliminate the need for in dash navigation systems? Apple Maps has the ability to be frequently updated. Good navigation systems carry all data internally and are not dependent on a wireless connection for data.. Given the expense this is a tough call.

    I think, I’m coming down on the side of in dash navigation systems in ADDITION to Apple Car Play. If you are dependent on the Navigation system, you’ll need both. Both systems can be inaccurate and it is best to use both. I’ve used a navigation system to “get close” but used the “aerial maps” in both Apple Maps and Google maps to “fine tune” locations in the past.

    My advice? before ripping out your car radio/navigation system and replacing it with a $600 or $800 media player with car play, wait until you can spend $1200-1400 on a good navigation system. Also, find out if an “after market” system can be installed in your car as opposed to an Car Manufacturer system which are usually much more expensive. This is hard to figure out.

    1. There is no reason that Apple could not enhance the functionality of Apple Maps to enable an option to cache maps for occasions in which internet connectivity is not available or the user chooses not to enable internet connectivity.

      I have never liked in-dash navigation systems. They are expensive and typically a generation behind when you buy a new car. Plus, they don’t offer the same size or quality of a display as an iPad. And what happens if the built-in navigation system breaks? How much will it cost to replace it?

      I would much rather interface an iPad to my car – more powerful, more flexible, easily upgradeable/replaceable, and far less expensive. An iPad can offer every function desired – hands-free control via Siri, music via iTunes, radio via iTunes Radio and other apps, navigation via Apple Maps and other apps, etc.

      A docked iPad is so much more appealing than the Ford-Microsoft “solution” or any of the other options of which I am aware.

  3. Or you could add a ~ $50 charger/mount for the iPhone or iPad that you have with you anyway. When are people going to realize what a waste of money redundant automobile electronics are?

      1. Yep there are definite advantages to built-in. I’m in the process now of buying a new Subaru Forester but the 2015 models don’t yet come with CarPlay so I intend to buy either this Alpine or the Pioneer. These new units have to plug into new car functionality features as well.

  4. I stopped buying Alpine when their in-dash CD player crapped out on me TWICE. This was in 1987 when these units were about $1,000. it was barely out of warranty so I had to pay for it to be fixed. After I got it back, it crapped out again a few months later – same problem. They would not even offer a discount a replacement unit. I got very close to putting an ad in the LA Times about their product quality and poor customer service. Instead I don’t buy their products and let everyone know about it to this day. I’m sure everyone has stories (good and bad) about all brands of car stereos, this is just mine.

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