Apple CarPlay offers an easy way to pair the media on your phone with a vehicle’s infotainment system. However, one of the system’s major downsides is that the iPhone must be plugged into the head unit via a cable, which can be a hassle. Alpine is the first company to solve this problem for drivers with the launch of the company’s $900 iLX-107 in-dash receiver.
The aftermarket, seven-inch touchscreen display interfaces with Apple CarPlay over a 5 gigahertz Wi-fi signal. After an initial setup, the receiver will automatically connect whenever the iPhone is within range. All of CarPlay’s features remain available, including using the phone, texting, playing music, and getting directions. Siri’s voice commands also work.
The iLX-107 also has an aux input for plugging in other devices, and it comes pre-wired to accept a rear view camera, although the camera is sold separately. Additional extras like the iDatalink Maestro allow select vehicle's gauges to appear on the screen, and the $250 External Accessory Controller lets owners control items like an external light bar or motorized tonneau cover.
Alpine debuted the iLX-107 at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. The device won an Innovations Award for outstanding design and engineering in the In-Vehicle Audio/Video category.
Expect automakers to begin offering wireless CarPlay connectivity soon. For example, Harman has developed a way (above) to do it through a combination of Wi-fi and Bluetooth. The company said that it would debut first in models from a “luxury German automaker,” and promotional images showed the tech at work in a BMW.
Apple is currently working to make you safer while driving with an iPhone. For example, a new feature in iOS 11 is the Do Not Disturb While Driving mode that activates when the phone is in a car (and CarPlay is not connected). It mutes incoming notifications and doesn't allow the driver to send text messages.
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Wireless Apple CarPlay In-Dash Receiver Now Shipping from Alpine Electronics
June 29, 2017
The award-winning iLX-107 with 7-inch touch screen is now available in North America
Torrance, Calif. (June 29, 2017) - Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. is now shipping the iLX-107, the first aftermarket in-dash receiver dedicated to wireless Apple CarPlay.
“Apple fans have been eagerly anticipating a wireless Apple CarPlay solution, so we are excited to deliver the iLX-107 as the first aftermarket system with this technology,” said Steve Crawford, vice president and general manager, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc.
The iLX-107 is an AM/FM receiver with a 7-inch WVGA capacitive touch screen and LED backlighting. iPhone owners can use CarPlay to make and receive calls, access text messages, play music, and get directions optimized for traffic conditions in a way that allows them to stay focused on the road. CarPlay is accessed through the iLX-107’s touch screen or through Siri voice control, and the resulting music, driving directions, messages, and phone calls are played through the vehicle’s speaker system. CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 and later.
The iLX-107 was recognized at the 2017 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) with a CES Innovations Award for outstanding design and engineering in the In-Vehicle Audio/Video category.
The iLX-107 has three (2V) preouts, one aux input, and a rear view camera system input (camera system sold separately). It has a mechless design with a flat, tablet-like faceplate and a 5 7/8-inch mounting depth. When the iLX-107 is used with an iDatalink™ Maestro module (sold separately), select factory vehicle features can be retained and information like the gauge screen or parking assist screen can be viewed on the 7-inch display (the retained features and vehicle information will vary by vehicle). External vehicle accessories like a light bar or motorized tonneau cover can be controlled from the iLX-107’s touch screen with the addition of the optional Alpine KAC-001 External Accessory Controller ($250 SRI, sold separately).
The iLX-107 wireless Apple CarPlay system is available now for $900 SRI. Visit the Store Locator on alpine-usa.com to find the closest authorized Alpine retailer.
CarPlay, iPhone and Siri are trademarks of Apple, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iDatalink is a trademark of Automotive Data Solutions, Inc.
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Notice: Product information is based upon current information at the time of writing, but cannot be guaranteed. All designs, features, specifications and delivery dates are subject to change without notice.