Alpine’s CarPlay integration in its upcoming iLX-107 receiver uses Wi-Fi direct, rather than Bluetooth, allowing for a higher quality experience with negligible effect on battery life.

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Representatives from Alpine told AppleInsider at CES on Saturday that there is no discernible drain on battery when using CarPlay wirelessly over Wi-Fi.

The Alpine iLX-107 receiver uses Bluetooth as a trigger to change over to 5GHz Wi-Fi direct for CarPlay. Call audio is routed over Wi-Fi as well.

Alpine has also updated its menus and system displays to match Apple’s interface. For example, the onscreen volume display mimics Apple’s own volume controls shown on screen in iOS.

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The iLX-107 also controls add-on car accessories such as lights, cameras, truck bed covers, and more.

By default, Alpine’s system will pair with the most-used device in the car, not the last-used.

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The unit does not include a CD/DVD tray, though it is available as an optional add-on. Alpine representatives said they don’t believe most customers will need it.

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Alpine’s iLX-107 will launch this February for $900. CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 and later.

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