That's unfortunate.I asked Acura before. They said they would not it backwards compatible. They seem to be introducing carplay and Android auto when they move to a new head unit, so it will be curious if they redo the whole dash as a result. But the ilx definitely needs some value added to it and Honda seems more willing to test new things on the cheaper products first.
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I actually don't understand why the MDX Sport Hybrid didn't get the same infotainment upgrade as the 2018 TLX. I would have assumed that the units are compatible.
We'll need to keep watch of what changed in the 2018 TLX infotainment for sure. Being that it's still dual screen and the controls are slightly different, the software is 30% faster so I will be curious to see if they moved to just different hardware or if they made mostly software changes (albeit major changes by looking at the attached image from Acura). I'm hoping they are making the changes in the 2018 MDX. Still to late for us existing owners, but a step in the right direction finally.
The new unit seems overly complicated. I personally don't mind the two screen infotainment system, but I know others are not too keen on it.I am surprised that they did not change the head unit. Looking at what new Civic and Odyssey have!. That new Honda head unitswill look awesome in the Acura's.
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I'd say it's pretty close to 0%. Firstly, there are likely hardware differences that could preclude the ability to reasonably run, or run at all, the new software platform and secondly, based on Acura's unwillingness to apply a slight software update to the 2014 that they applied to a 2015 with almost the same, if not identical, platforms, it seems as if Acura has no interest in providing upgrades to existing owners. Acura, and probably many others, are nowhere near as proactive with software upgrades on 'already sold' platforms (even if they're still 'current') as are PCs and smart phones. It's very much a 'what you see is what you get' mentality - i.e. if you want something newer then you have to buy newer (the whole enchilada - infotainment + rest of vehicle). People need to be satisfied with what they're buying at the moment and have no expectation of any upgrades being offered, which the auto maker simply views as another way to get you to buy a new vehicle... over and over again.What are the chances of them including the new software in older models?
Damn, I suspected as much, but never saw confirmation until your post. The moment they mentioned that MHL was going away with the current generation of phones, I knew these mirroring devices would never be able to keep up with the times. However, I do know that using a wifi mirroring device probably is a workaround for that. Something like the Netgear Push2TV or the Chromecast devices setup to work over the phone's wifi hotspot would probably be the only way to connect to the mirroring device, unless the mirroring device uses it's own wifi connection protocol to connect with our phones.Hey Neoshi...I'm in the same boat as you. I pulled the trigger and ordered the Navtool to do HDMI mirroring. Ended up returning it (what a nightmare) because of mirroring limitations with my Pixel XL. Waiting for something better to come out or I'll just live with my phone and Acura nav.