Ford Offers Apple CarPlay, Android Auto Update to 2016 Owners

Enlarge Image This is Ford's first Wi Fi OTA update. Fancy!                  Ford

Enlarge Image This is Ford's first Wi Fi OTA update. Fancy! Ford

Compatible with iPhone 5 and later models running iOS 7.1 or higher, Apple CarPlay gives iPhone users an intuitive way to make phone calls, use voice-guided navigation, listen to music, and send and receive messages while staying focused on the road. Also, this feature does not require you to keep the vehicle running when the update is being downloaded. The American auto giant today announced its SYNC 3 version 2.2 software, which enables both Android Auto and Apple CarPlay for all 2016 model year vehicles. "With over-the-air updates, we can deliver new features to customers in the background while they continue using their vehicles". The massive update will be available for some 800,000 vehicles. Obviously, it took a little longer than planned for Ford to get its 2016 auto fleet ready for the update, but it is now finally here. One way is to simply go to your local Ford dealership and have one of its service employees install the update for you.

If you like plugging things in, grab a USB drive and head over to Ford's owner site.

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.

This is also the first update that Ford is going to push via Wi-Fi to some of its newer cars.

Ford is offering Android Auto and Apple CarPlay software to many of its customers who missed out on the technology. The USB install method is also faster, but the Wi-Fi update option is the start of the company's efforts to really increase its OTA update program, which will be used for security improvements as well as infotainment bumps.

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