Number 29 wasn't specified with optional the Clarion SatNav, so replacing the standard Subaru head unit was always on my list of things to do. However, whenever I have considered it, there was always a new model just about to come out, so it never got done.
This time it was different, as almost the first question I was asked, instead of the usual "How much do you want to spend" or "How much power do you want", it was 'What phone do you have'?
When I said iPhone, he said you want the new Pioneer SPD-DA120, which is a CarPlay unit. It turns out that CarPlay is Apples next attempt to dominate the world, and it is being builtin as standard by many car brands. Anyway, enough of the advert, on with the pictures.
First the standard old unit (there are probably not many under 20 years old who have ever seen a cassette!)
In with the Pioneer SPH-DA120, for that clean look familiar to Clarion owners (note the unplanned RB logo from the seat):
First order of business, get the switch on splash screen sorted out
The Apple CarPlay screen, uses the processing power and selected iPhone apps, and Siri for voice control. At the moment Apple is carefully controlling those apps released for CarPlay to those that are non-distracting and under Siri control. It has its own radio, and can play from USB is you don't want to connect the iPhone for a short trip. It can also take a reversing camera if you want one. There are plenty Impreza specific ones available which replace one of the number plate lights for a near invisible fit. eg. http://www.amazon.co.uk/CAM-SU1-Forester-Impreza-Reversing-Reverse/dp/B009R12C0E/ref=sr_1_11?ie=UTF8&qid=1432841984&sr=8-11&keywords=impreza+reversing+camera
Since it uses Apple Maps, the SatNav does not include speed camera warning, but I am sure that will be sorted soon. Not that any RB320 driver would ever exceed the speed limit
The lead on the left is the connection for the iPhone, normally it just sits in the glovebox, but I am using it to take the picture.
Installed in less than an hour (including rearview mirror mounted mic), all for £380.