CES 2020: Alpine and Pioneer Debut Largest-Ever CarPlay Receivers With Up to 11-Inch Hovering Displays

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In what has become an annual tradition, car audio brands like Alpine, Pioneer, Jensen, and JVC/Kenwood are showcasing new aftermarket CarPlay and Android Auto receivers at CES in Las Vegas this week.

Alpine is debuting a new CarPlay and Android Auto receiver with an 11-inch capacitive touchscreen, which it claims is the largest on the market, offering 49 percent more surface area than its 9-inch receivers. The display hovers over the dashboard, allowing it to be placed in most vehicles without the need for custom installation.


The display is attached to an adjustable mount that is connected to a traditional single-DIN chassis. It can be tilted at four pre-set angle points to better match the tilt and height of the dashboard.

Other features of the iLX-F411 include a mech-less design with no CD/DVD slot, Bluetooth music playback, SiriusXM readiness, a USB-A port, an AUX input, one HDMI input and one HDMI output, and one rear-view camera input. When not in CarPlay mode, the receiver has a customizable user interface with 22 available widgets.

Alpine says the iLX-F411 will be available in June 2020 for a suggested price of $1,200 in the United States. Alpine also has two new 9-inch receivers -- model numbers iLX-F309 and iLX-F259 -- available now for $800 to $1,200.

Pioneer is showing off five new CarPlay and Android Auto receivers at CES, including the DMH-WT8600NEX, a 10.1-inch model with a 720p capacitive touchscreen. Like the Alpine receiver above, the display hovers over the dashboard, allowing for it to have a traditional single-DIN chassis with no custom installation needed.

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The DMH-WT8600NEX supports both wired and wireless CarPlay, according to Pioneer. This means an iPhone can be connected to the receiver with a Lightning to USB cable or wirelessly via Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Pioneer says the DMH-WT8600NEX will have a suggested price of $1,200 in the United States, but it is unclear when it will be available. Pioneer is also releasing two 6.8-inch and two 9-inch receivers as part of its 2020 lineup.

Jensen and JVC/Kenwood are also launching new CarPlay receivers at CES this week.

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macduke

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A 10" 720P receiver for $1200. Think about that.

These companies are a rip-off. Last year or the year before I asked for one without a CD reader to save on cost. This year they take away the reader and charge more. Ridiculous.

I just want a ~7" CarPlay Wireless receiver for like $399 with capacitive touch and no CD reader. 720p should be barely passable on a 7" display but is ridiculous on a 10". Until then I'll just keep using my iPhone in my iOttie wireless charging mount. I just sucks because I often have to use Siri to control the music which I sometimes have issues with in the car.
 

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Dang... I might need to get one of these for my old pickup camper. It has a single-DIN head unit in the cabover bed area that is an ancient thing (which was itself an upgrade - the ancient one has a CD slot, the manual for the camper shows it came with a tape deck); and a TV cabinet at the foot of the bed that also opens toward the dinette area. The idea being you would put a (CRT) TV in there and turn it to face either the bed or the dinette. I replaced the tube TV with a small flat panel a while ago, and put a Blu-ray player and an AppleTV (first gen with hard drive) in. But one of these, especially with both HDMI in and out, I could have the Blu-ray player's output go to the head unit, and have the head unit's output go to the TV...

Heck, put another one in the (almost as old) pickup I use to haul the camper. It has only a single-DIN unit, right now the stock tape deck.

Although then the stereos would be worth more than the vehicle...
 
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I couldn't find a resolution on the Alpine 11", but I hope it is a hell of a lot higher than the terrible 800x480 on their current 9" ILX-F259.
 

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A 10" 720P receiver for $1200. Think about that.

These companies are a rip-off. Last year or the year before I asked for one without a CD reader to save on cost. This year they take away the reader and charge more. Ridiculous.

I just want a ~7" CarPlay Wireless receiver for like $399 with capacitive touch and no CD reader. 720p should be barely passable on a 7" display but is ridiculous on a 10". Until then I'll just keep using my iPhone in my iOttie wireless charging mount. I just sucks because I often have to use Siri to control the music which I sometimes have issues with in the car.
very few car screens are high res. I wonder if the CarPlay screen in my civic is even 720.
Most cars these days ya can't even replace the stereos in but so many of these units have features the built in ones don't have... like wireless CarPlay
 

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Let’s ignore pricing for a moment. Are cars even made with DIN bays/slots anymore? I haven’t seen any in the last decade. Who are they targeting, here?
 
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Let’s ignore pricing for a moment. Are cars even made with DIN bays/slots anymore? I haven’t seen any in the last decade. Who are they targeting, here?
People with cars that have DIN bays. ;) :D Seriously, these are targeted to owners of cars that are older and don't come equipped with CP/AA capability. There are goo gobs ←technical term meaning just a few- of cars on the road that meet that criteria
 
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Let’s ignore pricing for a moment. Are cars even made with DIN bays/slots anymore? I haven’t seen any in the last decade. Who are they targeting, here?
Well, gauging from the ‘turn-knob’ buttons for the climate Control in the below Picture, I’d say a Pontiac Aztec, maybe a 2008 Honda Accord..😁

I mean, simple math says the receiver would be worth more than the vehicle itself.😁

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My Tesla’s got a bigger screen and is more useful. I’d take a hard pass people. They’re mugging us all off nowadays.
 
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I would *really* like Carplay in my car, but I drive a Qashqai+2 with 360º cameras and I don't want to lose the functionality.

Shame, because the bluetooth integration in that car stereo is an absolute shambles.
 
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Ridiculous considering you can custom mount an iPad Mini and have full iPadOS functionality, not a dumbed down version of apps.
 

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Let’s ignore pricing for a moment. Are cars even made with DIN bays/slots anymore? I haven’t seen any in the last decade. Who are they targeting, here?
Just off the top of my head, literally every model of Subaru of the last decade is double DIN. Only the recent 2020 Legacy isn't. I'm sure there are countless other makes. Plus, this is intended for people who want to bring a big upgrade to older cars, not a car you go out and buy right now.
 

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I drive a 1999 Saturn SL and won’t be able to afford purchasing a new car for many, many more years. So this product is for those of us who drive older cars in really good condition (mine has been garage-kept and maintained on schedule since purchased new in April ‘99) who want or need the latest tech. In my case, I’ve been using a Kenwood DDX6703s since 2016 with Apple CarPlay with no issues. Only took a few mins to install. So this may be a neat upgrade in the future as my eyesight continues to worsen.
 
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very few car screens are high res. I wonder if the CarPlay screen in my civic is even 720.
Most cars these days ya can't even replace the stereos in but so many of these units have features the built in ones don't have... like wireless CarPlay
For me, 720p is fine. I usually just turn on the radio or stream audio from my phone over bluetooth, and then focus on the road. I don't plan on watching movies, playing games, or anything else too visual on this. I might need map/gps navigation a few times a year, but 720p would be fine for my needs. If you need it, more power to you.

Seriously, these are targeted to owners of cars that are older and don't come equipped with CP/AA capability. There are goo gobs ←technical term meaning just a few- of cars on the road that meet that criteria
I guess I'm one of the Goo Gobs, along with my parents, and sister. None of our cars have CarPlay, nor do we really need them. CarPlay might be better if I'm a long car trip, or if I'm going someplace I haven't been before, but that's very rare for me. My current setup works well enough for me, but would like CarPlay in my next car.
 

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I got a kenwood double din wireless carplay with a 6.95 inch capacitive screen a couple months ago for about USD$420 (2019 model, 30% off) For my old Mazda.
its good to see Alpine and Pioneer who stuck with resistive for a long time finally moving to a higher quality capqcitive screen, but the resolution could be higher at those eye watering prices. Also screens that large in the older type cars these are suitable for would block important things like air vents. I would stick with double din units or the smaller single din floating screen models Rather than these huge ones.

these Aren’t suitable for newer cars where the manufacturers have built the car controls into the entertainment unit and moved away from the oldsingle and double din standard.
the other thing that needs to happen is proliferation of cheap dongles that convert existing OEM carplay units to wireless carplay.

Anyway, here are the full range of wireless carplay pioneer units from the media release. I would go for the lower priced units rather than the flagship, although I can’t tell if they all have capacitive screens:
  • DMH-WT8600NEX (10.1 inch) / DMH-WT7600NEX (9 inch): The DMH-WT8600NEX and DMH-WT7600NEX feature an all new floating display configuration, allowing a large display to be installed using a universal 1-DIN chassis. The floating screen offers horizontal, vertical and tilt adjustability to ensure the best fit and usability in the vehicle’s dash. The DMH-WT8600NEX has a suggested price of $1,200, and the DMH-WT7600NEX a suggested price of $1,000.
  • DMH-WC6600NEX (9 inch): The DMH-WC6600NEX joins Pioneer’s lineup of modular solution in-dash receivers introduced at CES 2019, featuring a modular design that combines a large touchscreen display with a hideaway control unit that installers can tuck into separate compartments of the vehicle. The DMH-WC6600NEX has a suggested price of $900.
  • DMH-W4660NEX / DMH-W4600NEX (6.8 inch): The DMH-W4660NEX and DMH-W4600NEX are traditional 2DIN chassis for universal application in most vehicles on the road in the U.S. Both the DMH-W4660NEX and DMH-W4600NEX have a suggested price of $600.
 
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The Alpines don’t even have wireless CarPlay. You have got to be kidding.

I literally just want a screen, preamp outputs, steering wheel controls, and backup camera connection running wireless CarPlay. No radio. No CD. No ugly logos, bezels, or buttons.

If only Apple would release a head unit...