Yesterday, car electronics maker Alpine announced it was planning to launch aftermarket CarPlay units sometime this fall. Now comes a press release from Pioneer confirming they will be releasing a firmware update to enable CarPlay in existing in-dash systems.
The update sounds as if it will be limited to 2014 editions of the in-dash receivers. For the US, those include the following: The AVIC-8000NEX ($1400 SRP), AVIC-7000NEX ($1200 SRP),AVIC-6000NEX ($900 SRP), AVIC-5000NEX ($750 SRP) and AVH-4000NEX($700 SRP)
Pioneer also has a webpage available that supplies a bit more information about CarPlay, including features and a list of compatible models for all countries.
Pioneer also has a webpage up about CarPlay with more info on the feature and a list of compatible in-dash models for all countries.