Kenwood DDX 9702S CarPlay System Release Date Announced

Kenwood announced their upcoming CarPlay multimedia systems at CES in January this year with word from their executives that we will see a release of their CarPlay enabled receivers in early “mid-2015“. Well it is now close to that time and Kenwood has taken to their social channels to tease us a little more via their Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Clicking through to their Facebook page shows a few shots of a demo pod that displays a DDX 9702S multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Google Auto support.

Kenwood-DDX9702s-demo-pod

The 9702S receiver packs a dual solution that features both Apple CarPlay and Google Auto support. When asked for a price and release date, Kenwood USA didn’t comment on a price, but has come back with an “end of  May” (2015) release date. So there isn’t much time to wait until we see Kenwood’s first CarPlay devices in our vehicles.

Will they improve upon both Pioneer and Alpine’s attempts? From the demos at CES there appears to be very little lag between touches, which leans towards a capacitive touchscreen with a fast processor, yet the screen is surprisingly not glass (confirmed by Kenwood USA in the comments), which is likely to help reduce glare/reflection. It will have Bluetooth connectivity, yet it is unknown if this means that the unit will have the ability to support the upcoming Wireless functionality of CarPlay.

The DDX 9702S will no doubt be joined alongside a higher spec’d DDX 9902S at the end of May 2015.

Share this article

Support the Channel

If my videos have helped you in any way, you can show your support and appreciation by making a one-time donation through Buy Me A Coffee or a SuperThanks on one of my videos. Thank you so much for helping!

Donate via PayPal

You can also support my channel via PayPal by clicking this Donate button below and making a kind gesture. Big or small goes a long way! Thank you for helping!

Donate

Related articles