Wireless Apple CarPlay has been available as a feature in some autos for some time now but there has never been an aftermarket solution, until now. The Alpine iLX-107 is the first aftermarket deck to offer wireless Apple CarPlay but it won’t come cheap. With a $900USD price tag, the Alpine iLX-107 is priced aggressively. While many other aftermarket decks offer Apple CarPlay (including other Alpine units) all of them require the iPhone to be wired to the unit. This wireless solution is something many have been wanting and waiting for.
The iLX-107 features an ample 7-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen with LED backlighting and offers up all the rest of the goodies any other premium deck would. The deck also drew attention at CES 2017 with a CES Innovations Award for outstanding design and engineering in the In-Vehicle Audio/Video category. For Apple users who don’t want to buy a new car with wireless Apple CarPlay but want this feature, this is the only player in town for now. Read the full press release below.
FULL PRESS RELEASE
Wireless Apple CarPlay In-Dash Receiver Now Shipping from Alpine Electronics
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 touchscreen 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 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.