Every so often in car audio new ideas are developed that are so excited, it’s impossible to hold off until the next year’s release and we’re gifted mid-year with some awesome new technology. This is one of those years, with Pioneer developing an extremely unique idea of the AppRadio. The new Pioneer AppRadio SPH-DA01 might confuse some with its antics. No need to fret, although it looks like a standard mechless Digital Media Car Stereo with a CD player, it actually is fine tuned a little more than first meets the eye. The Pioneer AppRadio SPH-DA01 is the first aftermarket head unit designed exclusively for the iPhone and iPod Touch. This In-Dash Multimedia receiver was designed specifically to integrate iPhone and iPod Touch applications directly onto the receiver. This means that with specific compatible Apps on your iPhone or iPod Touch you can now control them directly with this innovative receiver.
Ever wondered why every touchscreen couldn’t be as simple as an iPhone? The Pioneer SPH-DA01’s built in Advanced App Support allows the user to load up a Compatible App such as Google Maps and have the screen appear on the head unit’s 6.1” Capacitive touchscreen. This allows the user to use similar features as on an iPhone as they can on Google Maps. The Capacitive touchscreen allows the aftermarket source unit to be capable of commands that were once only available on an iPhone. Now the receiver can recognize multiple touch points simultaneously, allowing for the iPhone pinch feature, and support of other Compatible Apps.
The features don’t stop at the iPhone integration; the stereo has built-in Bluetooth to connect with your iPhone as well as an AM/FM Radio. Standard Pioneer amplification is built into the radio to allow for greater sound quality and volume when installing this radio without any aftermarket amplifiers. Password security is also featured to keep your AppRadio safe. The currently compatible App’s with the Pioneer AppRadio SPH-DA01 as of its release are: iPhone Contacts, iPhone Calender, iPhone Photos, Google Maps, Pandora Internet Radio, Rdio, MotionX GPS Drive, and INRIX Traffic. The Pioneer AppRadio SPH-DA01 also is firmware updateable for future applications and updates, and the developers will be working on support for future apps constantly. With such breakthroughs mid-way through 2011, the question you’ll find yourself asking is – Isn’t technology exciting?