Finally got around to posting the photos of the new IRIS system, as I mentioned in my previous post on the subject. Here's what I learned during my time with the system @ Pebble Beach last week:
* The first company that made IRIS went belly-up just one month before the 12C launched, and it wasn't done.
* New IRIS is made by Parrot for McLaren. Very clearly runs Android when you get into the Settings, and see they keyboard, but otherwise, the GUI is very similar to the original IRIS.
* Upgrade is sold to customers at cost; I was told $1,800 in the US. Replacement takes approximately 3 hours, and includes a new display, head unit, hard buttons, and USB/input box.
* Bluetooth audio streaming works from iPhone! Such a nice feature.
* Instant contact lookup via BT on iPhone.
* Possible to tether your phone to IRIS, with IRIS as the host (though I'm not clear on whether or not all cars have 3G service; I think that's what the white telephone icon with the green waves indicates, but uncertain). Was not able to access internet features without tethering the other way around (my iPhone as host).
* Touch screen is MUCH more responsive, and I no longer hit the wrong letter on the keyboard (as I do *every time* with the original IRIS)
* The voice button is my favorite feature. Hard button at the top right of the four, press it once and you'll choose between "Contacts" or "Music", then you can launch a matching music station thanks to TuneIn (when tethered to the internet). I would imagine it will also search your synced music, but unable to test.
* Apps folder currently has Browser, Maps, TuneIn, and Weather. No word on how to sideload new apps, but I'll be playing with that one quickly when I get my own
* Full web browser, but looks quite rough right now. Not final.
* Unable to test nav since car was stationary. Currently, it takes a long time to load, but they're working on pre-loading it instead so that there are minimal delays.
Overall, it's a big step in the right direction, and running Android with built-in wifi will make it really easy to update the OS in the future, without having to bring the car in to McLaren. Most functions loaded very fast, and the touch screen is a massive improvement. It's the most well-connected system that I've personally been able to play with. What manufacturers have so much online integration? Specifically, the TuneIn music lookup (kind of like Pandora) was the best feature for me.
And, photos! A few video clips coming soon.
Please ask any questions and I'll do my best to answer them based on my time with the system. And please don't turn this thread into a crying session about having to pay for the new system. I know that I would have paid a lot more than $1,800 for the 25hp upgrade we got for free last year