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Ford SYNC 3 Wireless Update Brings Apple CarPlay to 2016 Models


The latest upgrade to Sync 3, Ford's interactive touch-screen system, will be accomplished through an over-the-air (OTA) update using Wi-Fi, not unlike how new software gets uploaded to smartphones by manufacturers. If you have a Wi-Fi enabled vehicle, you have to ensure that automatic updating is enabled within Sync 3, then, when it connects to your home network, the update will be downloaded. 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. This is possible on 2016-models, where the SYNC 3 system is running on version 2.2 or higher. Customers will also now be able to enable automatic updates, which will have the system search for updates periodically and install them when found.

Android Auto and Apple CarPlay allow users to control many of their smartphone features and apps by using the vehicle's controls.

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Though Ford has been issuing SYNC upgrades since 2009, this is the first time the company is offering an update via Wi-Fi.

Or download the update from this website and install it with a USB drive.

iPhone users hoping to add CarPlay functionality will need a visit to their dealer to update the USB hub (via TechCrunch). Ford says the update will work for as long as Wi-Fi is connected prior to the vehicle turning off, adding that you don't actually have to keep the auto running to install the new features.

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