DEARBORN, Mich., May 19, 2017 - Ford is making Android Auto and Apple CarPlay software support available to model-year 2016 vehicles equipped with SYNC 3.
Ford customers driving 2016 vehicles can now upgrade to the new SYNC3 version 2.2 by either downloading to a flash drive, visiting their local dealership or automatically through Wi-Fi. The upgrade will be available for around 800,000 vehicles in total, giving a huge number of Ford auto owners the chance to get big infotainment improvements without having to buy a newer model auto. Customers will also now be able to enable automatic updates, which will have the system search for updates periodically and install them when found. Google Maps, Google Play Music, and some third-party apps are integrated into the infotainment system with on-screen projection and voice controls, as are phone and messaging functions. Unfortunately, getting Apple CarPlay support requires an upgrade to your vehicle's USB hub, which means you'll need to visit your dealership and likely pay a fee. This marks the first time that Ford will enable one of its updates to be applied via WiFi.
First introduced in 2014, CarPlay allows auto owners to access Apple apps from their vehicle's infotainment screen, including Phone, Music, Apple Maps, and more.
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Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 or later models running at least iOS 7.1. If it does not have Wi-Fi hardware, you can go to Ford's website on your PC and download the update to a USB Flash drive, and then plug in that drive in your auto to install the software.
This is also the first update that Ford is going to push via Wi-Fi to some of its newer cars.