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Installing Apple Carplay (Alpine iLX-107) Questions!

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by sisai, Aug 7, 2017.

  1. Aug 7, 2017 at 2:10 PM
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    sisai

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    I've been researching an alternative option for my head unit as we all know that OEM head unit sucks balls when it comes to nav (realtime traffic info, map updates, etc and you get the picture), and for music plays, like apple music service, spotify, podcasts, etc.

    So I've been told that the new Alpine ILX 107 is pretty good for apple phone users as it supports a wireless carplay connectivity.

    Okay so I now have couple questions.

    1. How should I access the good ol' Tacoma settings menu with this new head unit? Like car light settings, beep sounds, door unlock settings, and all non entertainment settings that are found under the OEM head unit, settings page?

    2. Would the back up camera work with this new head unit?

    3. Would the built-in usb outlet on the bottom of the center fascia work with this head unit?

    Please share your experiences with the upgraded head unit!

    Thanks!
     
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  2. Aug 7, 2017 at 2:22 PM
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    I have an upgraded head unit (in my 2014 4runner). So it's not as fancy as the 3rd gen tacomas, but I can answer that the back up cam will still work and I would assume the usb outlet will still work.

    I also have an alpine and love it.
     
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  3. Aug 7, 2017 at 2:25 PM
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    Thanks for your feedback bro.

    How about the misc settings that you were able to control back when you had the stock head unit? I'm mostly concerned with the miscellaneous setting I might lose out if I do change with the 3rd party.

    Maybe the 4R didn't have the on-screen settings menu and wasn't too big of a deal when you upgraded.

    Taco 3rd Gen actually has handfull of features under the OEM head unit settings menu.
     
  4. Aug 7, 2017 at 2:29 PM
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    Question... why not just use your smart phone for all the fancy features? I do. I've come to accept that Toyota (a car company) or even Alpine (audio company) will NEVER have the best technology. Technology companies, ie Google, Spotify, etc, will always dominate this market, for obvious reasons. So I just got an awesome phone mount (Hondo) and use my phone. haven't touched my navigation or Entune Apps in over a year.
     
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  5. Aug 7, 2017 at 2:32 PM
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    further, I've tried using Apple Car Play on a Colorado, it kinda sucks too. Just as awkward and inefficient as Entune. Im sure you have, but if you haven't, make sure you get a change to use it in real life before you think you want to invest in it.
     
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    That's a fair comment. I have been using my iphone on a cradle but the controling a mounted phone while driving is very difficult as the text sizes are small and therefore dangerous and illegal..
     
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    There is a product called iDatalink which attempts to bridge the gap between aftermarket HUs and the truck's built-in displays and features, including the HID in the instrument cluster, steering wheel controls, etc.

    I haven't used this but have run across it while researching. You should talk to the Crutchfield folks. They know their stuff when it comes to all of this.
     
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    Get a bigger phone. Iphone 6+, ipad mini or even a Samsung Note (make sure it doesn't catch on fire, lol)
     
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    +1 I started looking into this about 6 months ago... seems cool, but no product offered interactions through the HU touch screen.... the HU screen simply mirrored your phone, but was not "interactive". perhaps technology has changed recently?
     
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    No. Don't think it's that at all. iDatalink is supposed to port your vehicle's existing features/displays over to a new HU. Like... so you can use the Media screen on the HID, use the volume controls on your steering wheel, crap like that. It's not a mirror.
     
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    Lol I'll never use a samsung phones in my life.
     
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    Has anyone installed this receiver in a 3rd Gen and can provide pics? Getting close to pulling the trigger on buying one but was looking for any feedback. Wireless car play was the biggest sell for me.
     
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    So I went to iDataLink's website and all I can find is remote start and keyless entry systems! What product is the "bridge"??
     
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    I don't see where it works with ANY OEM radio! Only Alpine, JVC, Pioneer and Kenwood! I thought we were talking about something that replicated your cell phone screen to the OEM radio WITH TOUCH!
     
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    He was refering to using an aftermarket radio to access the vehicle settings.
     
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    This is a pioneer but same principle.
     
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    @sisai did you ever complete this?
     
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