Sony previews new XAV-AX200 receiver with Apple CarPlay support

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Sony on Monday revealed the XAV-AX200, its latest aftermarket receiver with support for Apple's CarPlay, due to ship in North America by the end of the year.

The unit will sport a 6.4-inch touchscreen, and also run Android Auto, Sony said. Some other features will include Bluetooth, a DVD player, configurable steering wheel input, FLAC lossless support via USB, and SiriusXM radio.

A 4-channel amplifier will deliver up to 55 watts per channel, with a 4-volt pre-out. When driving it will allow switching between three external cameras, including a dedicated reverse input.

Sony has yet to publish images or a pricetag. The CarPlay-compatible AX100, however, costs $449.99.

A growing number of automakers now offer CarPlay, including brands like Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Hyundai, and Kia. Most compatible vehicles are 2016, 2017, or 2018 models however, which may force owners of older cars to pay for aftermarket upgrades. Some other third-party receiver brands include Alpine, Clarion, Kenwood, and Pioneer.

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