18/09/2019

Pioneer car radios get iPhone internet skills!

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The new iPhone 5 went on sale on Friday, but we’ve got a treat for iPhone 4S and iPhone 4 users today: Pioneer, the in-car entertainment experts, have teamed up with the folks behind the Opera web browser to bring us in-car internet!

Some Pioneer touchscreen in-car entertainment systems can already stream internet radio from your phone to your sound system, but with the launch of Pioneer CarBrowser, they just got even smarter. With an iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S plugged in, the £1.49 app lets you surf the web in your car – the browser behind it is the useful Opera Mini, which compresses data on the server side, speeding up download times on the go.

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Needless to say, Pioneer CarBrowser should only be used if you’re parked or riding shotgun, but it’s a useful extension of your iPhone’s power nonetheless. There’s just one limitation with it right now: the iPhone 5 and its new Lightning port are not supported.

That’s because Lightning does not do video output to other displays: Apple says an adapter is coming, but in the meantime, iPhone 5 owners will have to look on in envy.

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