Yesterday at Stan's Mod Party the install of my AppRadio 3 (AR3) began. Have to thank Stan's son John for undertaking the lead on the install, and gerry for pitching in. Unfortunately, we ran into some glitches and while the radio is physically now in the dash and powers up... its not 100% functional just yet.
I'm pretty much an Apple guy, have a big iMac workstation, a macbook pro, my wife and I both have iPhone 4 phones, and she also has a iPad3. So when I got wind of the AppRadio concept it looked interesting, and when they came out with the AP3, I was about 99% pre-sold.
So, the unit itself is an extremely clean design and I think it really looks great in the truck. Not much glitter, the only metal showing is a thin button bar at the bottom of the screen/chassis.
Right now, all I have working is the radio section, and that works pretty good. When the radio powers on, they have a dumb boot screen that cautions you against prolonged viewing the screen while driving, and you tap OK on the screen and you have a 2-page sliding icon menu at the bottom of the screen.
You can pick from a couple of different background screens, and if you are streaming music via bluetooth from your iPhone, I think you may get artist/album info as well as album art... but I'm not 100% sure until I get the install finished and figure out why I'm not getting a 100% handshake right now.
As anyone who has done a double din install knows, you need to cut out a lot of material to make these radios fit. At the last minute John was trying to seat the radio and reinstall the bezel and we realized there's a section of the OEM radio frame (plastic) that angles down at 45 degrees which needs to be cut out before the radio will slide back 100%. John and Gerry had only cut the front part of the bezel to allow the radio to slide in maybe 50% and were trying to get it to talk to the iPhone. Gerry had already left when we discovered this so I manned the vacuum and John used the dremel tool to cut out the plastic. Theres also a small metal component held in by two bolts on the back wall of the dash... that was removed too.
So right now, the radio works, the microphone never got installed so I have to pull out the bezel and radio and then plug in the mic and mount it. Also have to install a video cable for the backup camera. The radio and my iPhone4 paired up and I was able to stream my Bruce Springsteen just fine in a quick test. I have downloaded the Pioneer AppRadio App, along with the CarMediaPlayer App, WAZE, and the MotionX GPS App. The Pioneer AppRadio App gives you a complete listing of what AppRadio Apps are approved/tested and there's probably a dozen or so.
My problem at this point is that the AppRadio and 30-pin cord connect to and charge my iPhone, but thats where it stops. The radio is not "seeing" the iPhone's Apps so I have to figure out why that is. Tomorrow I'll give Pioneer Tech Support a call and see if they can walk me through some troubleshooting. Worst case I'll bring it to a local Car Audio Shop and pay them to get it right.
I'm optimistic, and I think it'll be a great addition, having Nav, Phone, Radio, and even a Web Browser on the touch screen. I'll update this thread as I make progress.