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Pioneer Lists iPhone 5 Compatible Head Units

LONG BEACH, CALIF. — Although the iPhone 5 is compatible with the majority of Pioneer’s 20 current head units, five models are incompatible in a variety of ways, said marketing VP Ted Cardenas.

Those head units are the AppRadio, AppRadio2, and three heads with Advanced App Mode: the AVIC-X940BT, AVICZ140BH and AVH-P8400BH. (For tables listing specific incompatible features by model number, go to PioneerElectronics. com/PUSA/Apple+Compatibility.)

The latter three head units display an error code when the iPhone 5 is connected with the iPhone 5’s supplied Lightning-to-USB cable, preventing audio from streaming over the cable into the head units, Cardenas said. “There is a possibility” that Apple’s Lightningto- 30-pin adapter, when used with Apple’s existing 30-pin-to-USB cable, will resolve the music-playback issue for Pioneer and other head-unit suppliers, but testing the hypothesis awaits the availability of the Apple adapter. If the tests find the adapter doesn’t do the job, Pioneer might be able to develop a firmware update to restore communication, he said.

Pioneer’s AppRadio and AppRadio2 head units also don’t stream iPhone5-stored music over a wired connection.

For more details see “Pioneer: iPhone Incompatible With Some Head Units” on