If you love the idea of CarPlay, but didn’t have plans to drop $30k on a new vehicle to get access to Apple’s vision of iOS in the car, there is hope. Alpine is planning to release an aftermarket CarPlay console later this year. According to Nikkei in Japan, the price will be between $500 and $600.
Apple rebranded and reintroduced CarPlay earlier this year, with a host of manufacturers making committments to bring iOS to their cars. Among them, BMW Group, Ford, General Motors, Honda, Hyundai Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Kia Motors, Mitsubishi Motors, Nissan Motor Company, PSA Peugeot Citroën, Subaru, Suzuki and Toyota Motor Corp. Ferrari, Mercedes-Benz and Volvo were among the first to offer actual in-car demonstrations at the Geneva International Motor Show.
Alpine would be the first company to offer a true aftermarket solution compatible with most, if not all, older vehicles. Mercedes-Benz is looking an aftermarket option, but that will be limited to their line of automobiles. MacRumors mentions that other companies like Clarion are also considering an aftermarket in-dash solution.
As for pricing, the Alpine unit will see pricing in the range of $500 to $700. Given the high cost of car audio, this doesn’t seem outrageous. Of course, with a new large screen iPhone 6 expected to release later this year, it would be ideal if Apple were to offer a CarPlay mode. So if a new car isn’t in your plans, Alpine might be your best and most affordable option.