To me this was the most exciting feature
I don't think it has anything to do with the new "iOS integration" feature which is similar to what AppRadio provides. Neither model listed in this thread supports anything like it.
From what I can tell:
- Existing car integration is still what it is. Genius mixes are listed as playlists to cars with 'iPod integration'.
- The new 'iOS integration' is a competitor to both what Pioneer uses for AppRadio and MirrorLink. My head unit (Sony XAV-701HD) supports MirrorLink, but can't talk to iOS 7... so I believe that this feature relies on proprietary protocols, meaning if you want that level of integration, nothing out there today will support this new stuff.
I was thinking something like that too. But could it be possible that Apple simply pushes its own interface to the system? So if the system does support something like Mirroring, the iPhone pushes this 'car interface' instead of just a mirror?
Pretty much. AppRadio works by having the device send a "display" over Video Out (which can be different than the device's display), and it sends touch events back over USB.
MirrorLink is a bit nicer as it does both the video and touch events over USB. But right now the only non-Symbian devices that support it are the Galaxy S3 and S4. It can be a mirrored display, but it doesn't have to.
Apple seems to be doing something similar to MirrorLink, but not MirrorLink. So it handles video and touch over USB, but it isn't using the same protocol as MirrorLink does. Which is a shame, as MirrorLink would mean that existing head units like mine would already be out there and ready to go.
Sucks, I dont wanna wait till next year to see this happen. I personally think this concept is quiet neat. I am surprised they did not spend more time with it.
I guess what the above posters were referring to was the steering wheel controls working with the iphone?
Wonder when we will see an Apple head unit for cars...I am sure they could figure out a way to modify AirPlay to allow the head unit to display what is on the iPhone as well as send feedback to the phone from the head unit. I have been waiting for a good iPhone head unit with a big touch screen for a while now, but haven't found anything I am 100% happy with.
In what way do you mean it works? You mean the normal integration iPods and iPhones have had for years? Siri integration? The MirrorLink/AppRadio like connection? Your statement is vague.