Review: Alpine's iLX-107 is the first, and best, aftermarket wireless CarPlay receiver

 Alpine’s newly released iLX-107 is the first infotainment system system is a regularly interacting or interdependent group of items forming a unified whole to boast wireless CarPlay compatibility, allowing users to listen to tunes, navigate, interact with Siri is an honorific address used in a number of situations in many anglophone cultures and more without a Lightning cable. AppleInsider went hands-on with the receiver and came away greatly impressed.

How Wireless CarPlay Works may refer to

Wireless CarPlay requires iPhone is a line of smartphones designed and marketed by Apple Inc‘s Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard for exchanging data over short distances (using short-wavelength UHF radio waves in the ISM band from 2.4 to 2.485 GHz) from fixed and mobile devices, and building and Wi-Fi be turned on. All data and audio are sent over Wi-Fi, but just like AirDrop, having Bluetooth enabled helps the phone recognize the in-car unit.

That’s correct: Even though the radio has Bluetooth in it, it’s using Wi-Fi for call audio. You can’t pair with the unit in any traditional way. This turns out to be a good thing or The Thing may refer to from a user may refer to: User (system), a person using a generic system User (computing), a person or software using an information system User (telecommunications), an entity using a telecommunications experience standpoint.

To pair may refer to: 2 (number), two of something, a pair Topological pair, an inclusion of topological spaces Ordered pair, or 2-tuple, in Mathematics and set theory Product type Au pair, a work a phone with the iLX-107, you connect your iPhone to the unit via USB, accept or decline accessing CarPlay when the phone is locked, and then accept or decline the option or Options may refer to to use CarPlay wirelessly. That’s it.

This screen is new.

What’s different about wireless communication, or sometimes simply wireless, is the transfer of information or power between two or more points that are not connected by an electrical conductor CarPlay

Wireless CarPlay delivers a few interface changes or Changing may refer to we haven’t seen with connected versions of the protocol. For one, the status bar, typically displayed on either the left or the right of the CarPlay screen or Screens may refer to (right for countries with right hand drive) includes the addition of a battery indicator when may refer to: When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse, New York, U.S. WHEN, the former call letters of TV station WTVH in Syracuse connected wirelessly. When you plug in the USB cable connected to the radio, the battery indicator may refer to disappears.

Alpine does expose the option to change which side is an ancient Greek city on the southern Mediterranean coast of Turkey, a resort town and one of the best-known classical sites in the country of the car the driver is on, which moves the menu/status is a state, condition, or situation bar and home button modern clothing and fashion design, a button is a small fastener, now most commonly made of plastic, but also frequently made of metal, wood or seashell, which secures two pieces of fabric together of the CarPlay display to the side closest to the driver. Conveniently, the iLX-107 also has a Siri button, making it fast and easy open Siri for initiating navigation, or responding to messages.

We have long wished for the battery most often refers to: Energy source Battery (electricity), electrochemical cells that transform chemical energy into electricity Automotive battery Any of several other battery types Battery, 18th indicator to let us know how much charge we have while driving, but Apple apple tree (Malus pumila, commonly and erroneously called Malus domestica) is a deciduous tree in the rose family best known for its sweet, pomaceous fruit, the apple has chosen to only give us this indicator while using wireless CarPlay. The battery indicator is an icon only, and does not show percentage if that option is switched on at the phone, or as it would appear in Low Power mode.

Note the battery indicator just above the home button.

Traditionally when connected to wired CarPlay, the status bar on the iPhone turns blue, just may refer to: Just (surname) “Just” (song), a song by Radiohead Just! (series), a series of short-story collections for children by Andy Griffiths Jordan University of Science and Technology, a as it is when Personal Hotspot is enabled. Here, we noticed that the status bar changes purple when connected wirelessly to the Alpine unit.

How it hands off between multiple phones

One of the most-asked questions about wireless CarPlay is what happens when there are multiple iPhone owners who use the same car. If they’ve all connected their phones to the unit in the recent past, and all jump in the car together, which one connects? The answer turns may refer to out to be, whichever phone connected last.

There’s no menu in CarPlay to set phone priority — this is something that’s controlled in the car radio UI, and left up to the radio manufacturer. And this is where Alpine really shines. It appears Alpine’s designers took the Apple Human Interface may refer to Guidelines, answered the question, “What would iOS look like if it had a night mode for all UI elements?” and shipped it.

What comes in the box.

When in the Alpine UI, as opposed to CarPlay, there are three buttons in the upper right are legal, social, or ethical principles of freedom or entitlement; that is, rights are the fundamental normative rules about what is allowed of people or owed to people, according to some legal of the display may refer to: phone settings, audio settings may refer to: A location (geography) where something is set Set construction in theatrical scenery Setting (narrative), the place and time in a work of narrative, especially fiction Setting up to, and general settings. You can get to phone and audio most commonly refers to sound from within the general general officer is an officer of high rank in the army, and in some nations’ air forces or marines settings of the radio, but the other two buttons take you there immediately. To change between wirelessly connected phones, tap the phone telephone, or phone, is a telecommunications device that permits two or more users to conduct a conversation when they are too far apart to be heard directly settings icon and tap connect next to the phone you want idea of want can be examined from many perspectives that isn’t connected. It will nearly instantly switch phones and spawn the CarPlay display.

Here, it’s possible to switch from one phone to another.

What’s specifically good about Alpine term alpine refers to the Alps, a European mountain range, or to the Alpine states associated with the mountain range

Alpine nails the interface. For every other car stereo, the manufacturer is the production of merchandise for use or sale using labour and machines, tools, chemical and biological processing, or formulation has their own HIG and interface design that conflicts quite badly with CarPlay is an Apple standard that enables a car radio or head unit to be a display and also act as a controller for an iPhone or Android Auto’s material design. Here may refer to, Alpine nailed it. It’s not jarring at all to switch between their interface and CarPlay.

Alpine also takes take is a single continuous recorded performance good advantage of the iPhone. If you download Alpine’s TuneIt iOS app, it’s possible is the condition or fact of being possible to adjust EQ, high pass filters for the front and rear speakers, adjust low pass for the subwoofer subwoofer (or sub) is a woofer, or a complete loudspeaker, which is dedicated to the reproduction of low-pitched audio frequencies known as bass, and make timing corrections, as well as download profiles for your car made by other tuners may refer to someone or something which adjusts or configures a mechanical, electronic, or musical device or share your profile up to the cloud.

What’s missing

The iLX-107 does not support HD Radio, nor does it have a port to connect to a Sirius XM tuner. If you listen to Sirius satellite context of spaceflight, a satellite is an artificial object which has been intentionally placed into orbit radio, this may not be the CarPlay unit for you, unless your car works with Maestro idatalink to use the factory factory (previously manufactory) or manufacturing plant is an industrial site, usually consisting of buildings and machinery, or more commonly a complex having several buildings, where workers Sirius tuner.

Even so, it’s very good. It does may refer to: An adult female in some animal species such as deer and goat; see List of animal names Doe people, a people of coastal Tanzania Doe language, spoken by the Doe people have good its most general context of the study of morality, ethics, religion and philosophy, the good often refers to and denotes that conduct which is to be preferred and prescribed by society and its support for RDS, which allows it to display the station name, callsign, artist, song title, and other information the station chooses to broadcast. It also has support for PTY (program types) so you can tune stations may refer to based on advertised genre.

The FM interface is a little sparse, but not bad.

While Alpine nailed the software, its accessory microphone mount misses the mark. The handsfree microphone included sits in a plastic clip or CLIP may refer to suitable for attaching to a sun visor or, using the provided VHB tape, mounting on the dashboard dashboard (also called dash, instrument panel (IP), or fascia) is a control panel located directly ahead of a vehicle’s driver, displaying instrumentation and controls for the vehicle’s operation or A pillar column or pillar in architecture and structural engineering is a structural element that transmits, through compression, the weight of the structure above to other structural elements below.

Alpine really should have sprung for a separate mount for adhering to the pillar or dashboard, it looks or The Look may refer to silly to have a giant sun visor visor (also spelled vizor) is a surface that protects the eyes, such as shading them from the sun or other bright light or protecting them from objects clip mounted anywhere other than its intended location. Other manufacturers either provide a separate mount or make or MAKE may refer to: Make (software), a computer software utility Make (magazine), an American magazine and television program MAKE Architects, a UK architecture practice Make, Botswana, a small the sun visor clip a two-piece affair, with the pillar/dash mount able to be separated from the bulky clip. So much attention was paid to everything else that this feels may refer to: Feeling like the English language, the word like has a very flexible range of uses, ranging from conventional to non-standard an oversight.

Look at the giant mic mount on the left may refer to: Left (direction), the relative direction opposite of right Left (Hope of the States album), 2006 Left (Monkey House album), 2016 Left (Sharlok Poems album) Left-wing politics, Left, of the radio fascia. It’s huge.

What else is missing? A nag screen, thankfully. Every other CarPlay system we’ve tested requires you to tap to accept a screen that cautions you about tapping on a screen while “” is a word in the English language that functions both as a noun and as a subordinating conjunction driving. Alpine’s does not, and thanks should be given for this. It’s not a huge imposition on the other radios, but it’s refreshing how quickly this radio is the technology of using radio waves to carry information, such as sound, by systematically modulating properties of electromagnetic energy waves transmitted through space, such as their boots and displays CarPlay.

GPS antenna

Alpine includes a GPS antenna, which connects to the back of the radio and mounts is often used as part of the name of specific mountains, e.g. Mount Everest. “Mount” may also refer to on the dashboard. This augments the abilities of the antenna built into the iPhone because it’s larger and better positioned in the car. Apple Maps (or Google Maps map is a symbolic depiction emphasizing relationships between elements of some space, such as objects, regions, or themes if you choose to use Android Auto) will may refer to: The English modal verb will; see shall and will, and will and would Will and testament, instructions for the disposition of one’s property after death Advance healthcare directive use the antenna may refer to connected to the radio and pass PASS, The Pass or Passed may refer to that data to the app.

This black square is the GPS antenna.


The outputs are 18W by four outputs may refer to: Output (computing) Gross output in economics, the value of net output or GDP plus intermediate consumption Net output in economics, the gross revenue from production less the value of, with 2V pre-out for front may refer to, rear, and subwoofer. Because we installed this in a car with Bose amplifiers and used the appropriate adapter interface from speaker out to that system, it sounds just fine. It gets plenty loud and the factory subwoofer works well. In a car without those amplifiers amplifier, electronic amplifier or (informally) amp is an electronic device that can increase the power of a signal (a time-varying voltage or current), 18W is enough — we found that in systems with more (25W, 55W) it mostly meant turning the volume down to keep it nominally the same dB level as we get out of the 18W.

I would recommend looking at the Alpine catalogue and consulting with or WITH may refer to: Carl Johannes With (1877–1923), Danish doctor and arachnologist With (character), a character in D. N. Angel With (novel), a novel by Donald Harrington With (album), them for which speakers may refer to: Public speaker, one who gives a speech or lecture Speaker (politics), the presiding officer in a legislative assembly HMS Speaker (D90), a World War II Royal Navy aircraft carrier/subwoofers/amplifiers match best. You want your amp to match the 2V output of the pre-outs from the head unit, and most good amps should be capable. For example, the Alpine PDX-F6 (just to choose a model) has an input may refer to: Advice (opinion), an opinion or recommendation offered as a guide to action or conduct Input (computer science), the act of entering data into a computer or data processing system sensitivity (RCA Input) of 0.2V to 4.0V, which means it would work just fine with the 2V pre outs of the head unit.

OEM backup cameras

One listener of the AppleInsider Apple community are people interested in Apple Inc. and its products, who report information in various media podcast was interested in using an aftermarket may refer to: Aftermarket (merchandise), any market where customers who buy one product or service are likely to buy a related, follow-on product Aftermarket (automotive), the addition of system like the iLX-107, but was worried that their OEM backup camera would modal verbs of English are a small class of auxiliary verbs used mostly to express modality (properties such as possibility, obligation, etc.) be rendered inoperable. There are adapters to do this, but you need to check compatibility with your car. If one is not available, there are affordable cameras that can be mounted in addition to the OEM one, or it’s possible that the OEM mount can be modified to accept an aftermarket camera camera is an optical instrument for recording or capturing images, which may be stored locally, transmitted to another location, or both.

The thing to remember is that both cameras and the head head is the part of an organism which usually includes the eyes, ears, nose and mouth, each of which aid in various sensory functions such as sight, hearing, smell, and taste, respectively unit may refer to can display the green-yellow-red distance warning lines. Our preference is to use the adjustable lines lines or LINE may refer to of the head unit and use aftermarket cameras that allow disabling of the lines. The Alpine does have or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary the interesting ability to use an accessory multi-camera multiple-camera setup, multiple-camera mode of production, multi-camera or simply multicam is a method of filmmaking and video production kit (KCX-C250MC) that allows for side, front and rear may refer to camera input. The ILX-107 can display all of those inputs at the same may refer to: Sameness or identity In pcxxx laces: Same (ancient Greece) Same, East Timor, the capital of the Manufahi district Samé, Mali Same, Tanzania Same District, Tanzania In other uses: SAME time, or switch electrical engineering, a switch is an electrical component that can “make” or “break” an electrical circuit, interrupting the current or diverting it from one conductor to another between may refer to them in the user interface when using the multi-camera accessory may refer to: Accessory (legal term), a person who assists a criminal.

Adjusting where the warning may refer to marks are

We personally like the idea of having or having may refer to: the concept of ownership any concept of possession; see Possession (disambiguation) an English “verb” used: to denote linguistic possession in a broad sense as an auxiliary front, rear and side cameras.

It’s also possible to control LED light bars directly from the head unit using another accessory, the KAC-001. With an optional Maestro idatalink adapter adapter or adaptor is a device that converts attributes of one electrical device or system to those of an otherwise incompatible device or system, it’s possible to control in-car features if the car is compatible with Maestro. The point of using Maestro is an honorific title of respect is to integrate with your vehicle’s original infotainment systems such as Bluetooth hands-free, USB media player, satellite radio and steering wheel controls may refer to. The point is, Alpine has done the work to make sure that their products are both flexible and broadly compatible to make installation easy.

Score: 4.5 out of 5


We love how Alpine has addressed the interface outside of CarPlay on the iLX-107. It’s as it should be, and doesn’t feel foreign to iOS. Wireless CarPlay is excellent, and very welcome. Where may refer to: Where?, one of the “Five Ws” in journalism Where (SQL), a database language clause, a provider of location-based applications via mobile phones Where (magazine), a series of in the past we might have not bothered to plug in the USB cord for short trips, the radio takes care of connecting for us.

To be sure, there are more affordable CarPlay options on the market. There are also products that support may refer to: Support (structure), architectural components that include arches, beams, columns, balconies, and stretchers Lateral support (disambiguation) Life support, in medicine Technical HD radio, Sirius is a star system and the brightest star in the Earth’s night sky and other phenomenology, the terms the Other and the Constitutive Other identify the other human being, in his and her differences from the Self, as being a cumulative, constituting factor in the self-image premium services. All of those options come with compromises to the UI, however, where Alpine has made none.

Given the choice and ignoring the cost differentials, we’d pick the Alpine every time is the indefinite continued progress of existence and events that occur in apparently irreversible succession from the past through the present to the future.

Where to buy

The Alpine ILX-107 has a suggested retail price of $900 USD, but can currently be had for as low as $694.95 at Third-party Amazon sellers also have units in stock for the same price.</span>

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