Originally Posted by freescopesdad
No answer for you, but I also have been looking to replace my AVH-P4400BH (no app mode) with the AppRadio3 just to get navigation and other available apps. I don't mind a bit of a learning curve, however all I have heard from others who have tried the unit is that it is buggy, many apps don't work as advertised, and Pioneer's support is poor to non-existent. I also am considering upgrading to a new iPhone 5C and IOS7, and I shudder to think what that will do. I will just have to wait, but I also am looking at the Kenwood DNX890HD navigation receiver.
I bought the SPH-DA210 AppRadio3 from Amazon, and along with some techie friends attempted to install it in my 2001 Ford SVT Lightning pickup. First we had to pull the then-current Alpine single-din HU. Then we had to do some extensive surgery to the inside of the dash to allow the DD unit to be fitted. We got the radio wired in, GPS puck is mounted under the dash skin about 1/4" from the removable plastic "surfboard" thats just off center butt slightly on the PS. Every Lightning owner I know with DD/GPS puts the puck there and it works great.
So the radio has multiple jacks in the back and one of them is for the Pioneer CD-IU201N USB to 30-Pin Interface Cable, that plugs directly into my iPhone4 which is running IOS v.7.0.2 (iPhone5 uses a totally different cable). Apparently this onnection or handshake is a PITA to get going and the sun, moon, and stars must all be aligned for the handshake. My iPhone paired with the AR3 almost instantly, and I can stream music from my iTunes w/o a problem.
What is not working right now is acknowledging the AppRadio-specific Apps I have downloaded and installed; The Pioneer AppRadio App, which in turn leads you to Pioneer-Approved & Tested Apps. I also have CarMedia Player installed along with MotionX GPS, and Waze. So I tried calling Pioneer today several times, always busy or a recording saying they are closed during lunch (west coast). Finally gave up and emailed tech support and I outlined my problem and questions and received an acknowledgement that the email had been received and that they will contact me.
So, I'll wait to hear from Pioneer, and we'll see if its an easy fix. If not I'll bring it to a local installer that I know pretty well and have him do it, and I'll pay him to make it work. One of my friends with a Lightning has a 1st generation AppRadio in his truck, but he's running it through a jailbroken iPhone3... forget what IOS he's running. But it works just as advertised. One thing to keep in mind is that the only Apps that work are those Pioneer has tested and approved and are available through the Pioneer AppRadio App. There have been some issues with cables so I may have to return the USB-Apple 30-pin for another one.
If your contemplating a Double Din install, make sure you have not only your radio, but a auto-specific pigtail like those available from METRA, a Double Din bezel mounting kit that is vehicle specific, a micro-bypass for the parking brake if you want to allow video viewing at the HU, and of course... the correct USB-Apple cable.
All that being said, the Kenwood is an excellent choice for a DD unit with an iPhone. The model you mention is a good one. I have high hopes for the AppRadio 3, and will post up my progress.