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Apple CarPlay Brings iOS to Your Dashboard

Friday, March 31st, 2017

Is there a more culturally significant combination of technologies than the automobile and the radio? Since first debuting in the 1930s, the car radio has become a mainstay in our lives, providing the soundtrack to countless memories on weekend night drives around town, long-distance roadtrips, and, uh, all of the other things that go on in a car. Over the years, the car stereo has evolved to include FM radio, then the 8-track player, some brief (but mostly unsuccessful) experimenting with turntables, and then the cassette tape. The digital age brought the inclusion of the CD player, HD-radio, the aux-in port, and then wireless Bluetooth connectivity. That seemed to be where the upgrades would stop, until 2014, when Apple CarPlay was announced.

Apple CarPlay is an all-encompassing car infotainment system that seamlessly integrates your iPhone and all of its native capabilities into your automobile’s in-dash receiver. You get all of your iOS functions without awkwardly trying to operate your phone while driving (which is banned in 14 states, by the way).  Maps, message, music and everything else you would normally do on your iPhone are now accessible through the touchscreen in your dashboard. CarPlay also works with the buttons and knobs on the headunit itself or, if your car offers it, the steering wheel controls.

Another benefit of CarPlay is the inclusion of Apple’s Siri. As with your iPhone, you can ask Siri for directions, to send or dictate your messages, to find music, or for help with all of the other tasks the digital assistant was created to perform. Siri’s answers will be played back to you through your car’s speaker system.

Here’s a look at one of Alpine’s newest headunits with Apple CarPlay:


Apple CarPlay is now available as an option in automobiles from every major car company, or in aftermarket headunits from Alpine, Kenwood, Pioneer, and Sony. For more information on adding an Apple CarPlay receiver to your car, give our mobile audio department a call at 847-544-2281.

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2012 Nissan 370Z’s Abt Makeover

Tuesday, July 24th, 2012

Our mobile installation department is at it again.  Taking a break from upgrading classic cars to Ferraris to Porsches, their next job is to supe up a Nissan 370z.  Over the course of the couple of days, Abt’s Mobile Installation department will be installing tinted windows, tinted tail lights, full hood and bumper clear bra.  Mobile installation is planning on adding more audio to the car, so they are looking to install an Alpine INES920HD radio, full JL Audio speakers/amps/sub.  For added convenience and safety there will also be rear and front cameras to aid in parking and pulling into tight spots.  There are a handful of other custom installation requests and our Mobile Installation department is willing to give it all the bells and whistles it needs.  Visit Abt’s blog soon to find out when we’ll have it on display.

Check out Abt’s Facebook page to see more pictures of the Nissan 370Z getting work done in Abt’s mobile installation department

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John Samp 2010 Mobile Installation Finalist

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

John Samp, Abt Electronics’ Mobile Installation Manager was listed as one of the 5 finalists for the 2010 Installer of the Year.  As one of the four best installers in America, John’s immediate goal upon being promoted at Abt last year was to make every installer Mobile Electronics Certified Professionally (MECP) certified.  Within 7 months of his promotion, he added to the mobile installation staff and everyone that works for Abt’s mobile install department is now MECP certified.

When it comes to servicing customer’s needs John goes to the source. “There are still people out there who really don’t care about the customer’s expectations being high or low,” says John.  “We’ve got to get customers to believe us.”  That certainly is a motto that Abt Electronics stands behind for complete satisfaction.

The finalists.  John Samp last one on the right.

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