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Old 12-06-2010, 02:26 PM   #1
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Now available for Pre-Ordering!

Announcing the first and only direct replacement solution to put an Apple iPad in your 2005-2007 Subaru Impreza, WRX, or STi. You've see the videos and hopefully followed the development thread, but we're nearing full blown production!



You already have the iPad and your Subaru, now you can combine them in a sleek, OEM-style integration. There's no cutting, no fabricating, no trial and error here. Simply remove your stock radio and upper/lower bezels and this unit, using ALL the same mounting points and hardware, snaps right into place! Even your HVAC mounts up just like before. For more information, keep scrolling to the FAQ below.

The NASIOC community has been so supportive and helpful in taking this project from concept to reality that, for a limited time, we are offering special pre-order pricing for forum members!

What's included?


  • 1 2005-2007 STiPad bezel, painted
  • 1 retainer tab left, painted
  • 1 retainer tab right, painted
  • 1 iPad dock tray, unpainted
  • 1 set of adhesive cosmetics
  • 6 #6-32 x 1/4" screws
  • 2 #6-32 x 3/8" screws
What do you still need?
  • Apple iPad docking station
  • Amplifier
  • Volume controller / Equalizer
We're working diligently on the 2008-current models now, so keep checking back for updates!

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Old 12-06-2010, 02:26 PM   #2
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Old 12-06-2010, 02:27 PM   #3
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Frequently Asked Questions

I'll be adding to this as the questions come in. If you have a question that's NOT answered here, please PM me and I'll get back to you as soon as possible.

Q: Is this even legal?
A: As with most automotive modifications, please check with your local law enforcement regarding the legality/illegality of doing this. In every state, full motion video in view of the driver is illegal and should never be done unless the car is in park with the emergency brake applied. In some states that have adopted anti-texting laws, the laws extend to inputs to computers. However, just because the iPad can do these things typically does not make putting it in your car illegal. It's the same reason you don't get a ticket for going 150 mph just because your car can go 150 mph -- you have to actually do it.

Q: Wouldn't using the iPad while driving be distracting, even dangerous?
A: Depending on what you're doing, yes! Always practice safe driving. I did a few quick videos on the topic with the assistance of mp3car.com. You can use
to do a lot of actions as well as
to keep your eyes on the road.

Q: The glare must be crazy! Does it affect driving?
A: I've never had a glare issue affecting my ability to drive. If your screen is really dirty it will light up when light hits it and make it difficult to see the screen, but this only happens in very specific circumstances, typically at sunset/sunrise when the sun is coming directly "through" your passenger seat hitting the iPad.

The iPad also auto-adjusts brightness, so when it is bright out, the display gets cranked up, making seeing the screen easy.

Q: Really, how tough is install?
A:
The video was made with one of the rapid prototypes, but the methodology is still the same!

Q: How do I get music out of the iPad?
A: Your iPad sits in the Apple iPad dock, which can provide audio output either via the 30-pin connector or the stereo out jack. Use a few tricks with the 30-pin and you can get digital audio out!

Q: I like my radio stations... will I lose them?
A: In most cases, no! In fact, you'll gain hundreds and hundreds more. Most major radio stations broadcast their music streams online now. Many go through larger apps like ShoutCast, iHeart Radio, or AOL Radio as well. Now you can get your radio station where ever you are!

Q: Does it do GPS?
A: If you have the iPad 3G, then yes, it does! I fully endorse the Navigon app for all of your navigation needs, but check out some of the other apps out there and find what works for you!

Q: I want engine diagnostics but the iPad doesn't have an input for it. Can I still get them?
A: Yes, using PLX Device's Kiwi Wifi and either the DashCommand or Rev app.

Q: I've read up on carputers. They can do everything while the iPad is limited by its apps. Why would I ever do this over that?
A: My favorite question. Having run both setups, I can tell you that a traditional carputer is a great thing. I can also tell you that it's a mess. You've got the computer, the power controller, the GPS antenna, the 3G antenna, the monitor, and oh-so-many cables. Ignition-to-music times vary from 20 seconds to 90 seconds depending on your setup (I never got below 40 seconds). And, most importantly, a traditional carputer is JUST a carputer. You can't take it out, you can't use it in your home, on a plane, on vacation, at work... it is solely a carputer.
Using an iPad as a carputer is a very neat and easy solution to get much of the traditional carputing functionality without the hassle of traditional carputers. And when you're out of the car, the iPad can come with you!

Q: This thing is going to get stolen in 10 seconds, right?
A: Well, that's up to you. The iPad fits neatly in your glove box and un-docks faster than any aftermarket head unit I've ever seen. Slip it out of the bezel and into your glove box and feel pretty safe about it.

Q: What about when I want to sell my car. Can I put it back together EXACTLY as it was before I did this?
A: Yes, you can. Save all of your parts and just pop out the STiPad bezel and pop back in the stock pieces.

Q: My HVAC looks different (probably because I have the TR). Will this bezel work with my Subie?
A: Sadly, no. The HVAC cutouts match up to the automatic HVAC which was on the vast majority of the Subarus produced. With some fiberglass and resin I'm sure you can make it work, but I can't promise that.

Q: Is the paint a good match?
A: Very. OEM paint is a metallic-chip paint, meaning that there are very fine flakes mixed in that appear to reflect differently depending on how the light hits it. There's no Krylon spray that can match it... I had to have a special paint made to get it very, very close.

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Old 12-06-2010, 04:13 PM   #4
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Great product! I have it installed and is extremely well made.
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Old 12-10-2010, 07:51 PM   #5
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what Amplifier and volume control/equalizer would you use?
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Old 12-11-2010, 10:59 PM   #6
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Very glad to see you're a vendor now and completed your goal. Awesome stuff.
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Old 12-12-2010, 12:11 PM   #7
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what Amplifier and volume control/equalizer would you use?
This is VERY dependent on how much of an audiophile you are. If you can't tell stock speakers from $5k speakers, there's no point in going all crazy with an aftermarket amp and equalizer.

If you are looking for something high end, check out Audio section of NASIOC. Audiosavvy and some others really know their stuff and could help you out more than I could.

If you're looking for just a volume controller, there are two very good options (among many):
Absolute RSW250:

The cheapest solution, you can usually pick it up for $13. It's a non-powered (passive) solution, so it's not as high quality as the next pre-amp solution, but if you're looking for a cheap, get-it-done solution in a low profile form that fits neatly into one of the blank tabs to the left of the steering column, you can't beat the RSW250.

JL Audio CL-RLC:

It's a linkable 7.5V pre-amp controller. Typically $60 you can find it on e-bay for $55 regularly. You can link multiple ones together or control individual channels, giving you fine tuning control of your tweeter, midrange, and sub levels for a very affordable price.

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Very glad to see you're a vendor now and completed your goal. Awesome stuff.
Thanks! The goal's not quite complete, though. There are still a lot of you out there with 2008++ models asking me when the next one will be out. I'm working on it and have lots more in store!
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Old 12-13-2010, 01:12 PM   #8
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Argh no 02-04 love
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Old 12-13-2010, 03:13 PM   #9
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Sadly, no. There's a conversion to take the '02-'04 bezel and make it into the '05-'07 style. I'm not sure how well this would work for you, but it's definitely "possible."

That thread is here: http://forums.nasioc.com/forums/show....php?t=1252301
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Old 12-16-2010, 02:52 PM   #10
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No manual HVAC love either!

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Old 12-21-2010, 03:55 PM   #11
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Keep the questions coming!
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Old 01-01-2011, 03:21 PM   #12
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Happy new year!
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Old 01-06-2011, 05:04 PM   #13
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At CES, Visteon is showing off some software that interfaces a variety of cars with the iPad, I'm guessing over an in-car wifi network. Hopefully we'll be able to take their hardware and software combo, plus the CBINS mounting solution to get an awesome system into your Subie!

http://www.engadget.com/2011/01/06/v...ands-on-video/

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We happen to think the future of the car dashboard is a gradual path to obsolescence, dying and getting replaced by a mobile device. Visteon also think there's a future for mobile devices in a dash -- but not for actually replacing the car stereo. Visteon showed off its Consumer Electronics Device to Vehicle HMI (human/machine interface), which is basically a stupidly long name for a system enabling device integration of the sort we haven't seen yet. Yes, you can stream tunes through the car's stereo but, more impressively, actually change the channel that it is tuned to.

That's just the beginning, with a navigation display and even simplified web browsing, but most impressive is the ability to manage the rest of the car's interior. You can change seat positions, adjust climate controls, and probably much, much more than the semi-functional demo unit we got our hands on can do. There is a dock connector for the iPad but that's just for providing power: the connectivity is entirely wireless, meaning people in the back seat can change the channel -- or push up the seat of the person in front of them. The box that handles all this is going into production soon and so should start showing up in cars sometime over the next year. Which cars? Your guess is as good as ours, as Visteon works with more car marques than it doesn't.
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Old 01-22-2011, 02:00 AM   #14
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Is the 2008 and on version going to fit the 2nd generation ipad? I've been hearing rumors that the thickness of the 2nd generation ipad is going to be thinner which may cause issues with fitment on 1st generation docks.
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Is the 2008 and on version going to fit the 2nd generation ipad? I've been hearing rumors that the thickness of the 2nd generation ipad is going to be thinner which may cause issues with fitment on 1st generation docks.
That shouldn't be an issue at all, really. The way it is designed, you put i the iPad dock that Apple sells you. If you have a gen2 iPad, you would naturally buy the gen2 dock, right? The only issue would arise if, for some reason, apple made the dock BIGGER, but when have future generations ever grown with an apple product?

Seriously though, the Apple iPad dock sits in the dock tray. That's a non-issue as far as the integration is concerned. The potential issue is if the iPad shrinks width wise. The retainer tabs were designed to hold the iPad snug so, as you're running an AutoX or just doing your daily driving, it doesn't move. I can provide filler adhesive tabs that will make it as if it were designed for Gen2, so that's really not an issue, if it comes up.
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Old 02-09-2011, 12:00 PM   #16
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Old 03-25-2011, 04:57 AM   #17
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The website says shipping begins late January. Can we get an updated ETA?
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Old 03-25-2011, 08:13 AM   #18
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Hey, I didn't renew my vendor status as I'm going to be doing most of my selling through distributors. We're in production now and I'm patiently awaiting a final date to receive the finished bezels. I'll update the thread in A/V when they're out. This is a vendor forum so I don't really have the right to post product updates without being a registered vendor anymore.

Thanks!

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Old 03-25-2011, 11:14 PM   #19
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what will you do now that the ipad 2 is way smaller? kinda sucks for your R&D, although maybe you can make it just thinner and thats it?
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what will you do now that the ipad 2 is way smaller? kinda sucks for your R&D, although maybe you can make it just thinner and thats it?
If you see the thread in the car audio/security forum, he covered what he will do...
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what will you do now that the ipad 2 is way smaller? kinda sucks for your R&D, although maybe you can make it just thinner and thats it?
Not a problem. I actually did a test fit and it works fine. The foam pieces need to be thickened up to make up for the thinner iPad2, but it's really a pretty easy fix.
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Old 04-07-2011, 02:51 PM   #22
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I just picked one of these up today for my 05' wrx.
Pumped to install this and the Alpine Type-S's I had just lying around from my gti..

I'll let you all know how install goes.

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Awesome!

Just to let you know, shipping date is still TBD but i'm hopeful it's very soon!
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Awesome!

Just to let you know, shipping date is still TBD but i'm hopeful it's very soon!
keep me posted, I am sourcing my amp and volume controller as we speak.
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Are you guys planning on offering a 2008+ version?
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