Buyers will also need to fit an external GPS antenna, and a phone interface cable. Four different interface cables are available for use with the AppRadio 3, depending on the phone to be paired with the deck - Apple's 30-pin, a Lightning connection via HDMI, Android MHL/HDMI, and Mirror Link are all available. Icons are big and easily visible. Options at almost every level are user friendly. Users will be greeted with a safety prompt when the AppRadio 3 comes up, much like the ones found on touchscreen GPS devices, that will force users to hit "OK" every time they plan on going somewhere. Installation was complete in a little over two hours, and included the necessary bezel for the car. A perk to installing an AppRadio 3 is that, like many devices these days, it is built with the future in mind.
On top of being able to change cables out to suit the needs of the consumer and not tying them to a specific phone for as long as they use the deck, Pioneer offers firmware updates to help keep the stereo available to as many devices as possible going forward.