You’ll still need an iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, or iPhone 5 running iOS 7.1 in order for CarPlay to power your Alpine or Pioneer in-car system, however the change means users aren’t going to have to purchase a brand new car in order to enjoy the feature.
Price-wise, we explained a couple of days ago that the cheapest CarPlay-compatible Pioneer system will set users back $700; prices for other compatible systems from Pioneer climb as high as $1,400.
Alpine and Pioneer owners with compatible in-car systems will be able to enjoy CarPlay following a firmware update, though we’re not sure when this will become available.
CarPlay’s initial partners for 2014 include Ferrari, Honda, Hyundai, Mercedes-Benz, and Volvo; future models from a selection of “committed partners” (including BMW, Ford, and Jaguar) are also expected to feature CarPlay in-car systems.
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