Alpine Announces New 9-Inch Hovering Apple CarPlay Receiver

Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on facebook
Share on reddit


It’s CES 2018 week, and day one is starting to deliver us some tasty Apple CarPlay news.

Today, Alpine has announced its next upcoming CarPlay receiver – the iLX-F309. Alpine’s new receiver  offers something a little different however, and the clue is in its nickname – HALO9. The 9 represent the 9-inches of its large capacitive display, whilst the HALO part references that the display ‘hovers’ in front of the dashboard whilst it’s fixed in a standard Single-DIN slot. This makes the iLX-F309 an ideal upgrade for vehicles without a Double-DIN slot.

“Alpine blazed the trail with the first vehicle-specific 9-inch systems back in 2014, targeted to trucks and SUVs, but consumers have continued to request a model that will fit into a variety of vehicles,” said Mike Anderson, vice president and general manager, aftermarket business unit, Alpine Electronics of America, Inc. “The iLX-F309 represents a new step as it brings the 9-inch screen into a number of vehicles without the need for custom installation.”

Our Impressions 

Because the receiver has a display that protrudes the dashboard, it allows even the most novice installer the ability to install the HALO9 without the need of a professional or messing about with new bezel surrounds, whilst the required single-DIN slot allows the installer the ability to fitted the receiver in a number of older vehicles. Well, that’s what Alpine wants you to believe anyway.

Without many images from Alpine’s announcement, it’s hard to judge how aesthetically pleasing and practical this receiver will be in your vehicle. Will the large 9″ display block important switches, or get in the way of accessing various features of your dashboard, behind it? Alpine has thought of this. The iLX-F309 allows for some adjustment of the display, but with 20mm front to back movement, 30mm up or down movement, and 45-degrees of tilt, it might not be enough to truly manuver the display away from important features of your dashboard.

Similar to the iLX-107/700/007, the iLX-F309 is a mech-less design, meaning no CD/DVD drive. It is mainly aimed at the smartphone user, which means it supports both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with Google Assistant. BT Plus Bluetooth is also supported for audio streaming, however without a Wi-Fi chip inside, there will be no wireless CarPlay or Android Auto. *unhappy face*

Disappointing Resolution Strikes Again

Whilst we’re on disappointing bullet-points, I was a little shocked to read that the iLX-F309 comes with a 9″ WVGA display, meaning again, we get a rather low 480 pixel high resolution. This resolution is pretty low for a 9″ screen. Even the first generation iPads, which was a similar 9.7″ screen, had a 1024×768 resolution – so expect a rather pixelated display. No doubt Alpine is trying to keep costs low, to widen the adoption rate of this particular system.

Props to Alpine for offering something a little different. The iLX-F309 has a number of optional modules to expand its feature-set. With built-in HD radio, SiriusXM ready, a large 9″ capacitive display, single-DIN install bay, AUX, HDMI and USB inputs, the iLX-F309 HALO9 could be on your short-list if install options are limited, and you can work with the hovering 9″ display over your dashboard.

The iLX-F309 releases in February (let’s hope we don’t get a repeat of last year’s iLX-107 February release date) and it will retail for $1,100.

Share this article

Share on twitter
Share on facebook
Share on linkedin
Share on reddit

Related articles

CarPlay for any car stereo !

Have Apple CarPlay in any car!

A plug & play dashboard that works with any existing stereo
Wireless Apple CarPlay USB Dongle

Wireless USB dongle

"The CPlay2air USB dongle offers an attached wire connection, discrete status lights and regular compatibility updates."

Android OS on your CarPlay display

Use coupon code CARPLAYLIFE for free shipping with your order

YouTube on your CarPlay display

Use coupon code CARPLAYLIFE for free shipping with your order

Wireless USB Dongle 2.0

"The CarLinkit 2.0 USB dongle offers a detachable USB-C connection, clear status indicator and regular compatibility updates"

New wireless USB dongle

"The JoyeAuto USB dongle brings new connectivity, a unique menu screen and independent software and compatibility"

By clicking on the buttons above and buying an item from Amazon, you will help support us by giving us affiliate commission. It will not cost you extra, but it will go a long way in keep us doing what we do best here.

Learn how to support us
What's Trending
Latest CarPlay Reviews
Wireless CarPlay & Android Auto in ANY Car | Coral Vision CarPlay Lite Display Console Review
LEXXSON Wireless CarPlay Android 10 AI Box Review | Netflix YouTube BBC iPlayer ESPN on CarPlay Display
Fast and Cheap USB Wireless CarPlay Adaptor | DAYO Wireless CarPlay Dongle Review
Full Netflix YouTube Android System Dongle for Factory CarPlay | CarlinKit Android AI Box Review