20 May, 2017
"Our Sync 3 software platform was created to be easy to update so we can get our customers the latest and greatest features, functionally and security enhancements", said Don Butler, executive director of Ford Connected Vehicle and Services in a statement. For the first time ever, Ford will offer a SYNC upgrade via Wi-Fi in the form of an over-the-air (OTA) software update. This should pretty exciting news for Ford owners who now won't need to buy a brand new vehicle to get a major infotainment upgrade.
Those equipped with the Sync 3 platform will begin to receive the smartphone-friendly tools via a simpl software update.
As for the Wi-Fi update feature, you will have to navigate to the settings menu and activate the Automatic System Updates option.
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Keep in mind that while the getting Android Auto would be as simple as downloading the update, enabling CarPlay would require an upgrade of the vehicle's USB hub, something that requires a dealership visit and extra costs.
Apple CarPlay is compatible with iPhone 5 or later models running at least iOS 7.1. That means all you have to do to receive it is park your Wi-Fi-equipped vehicle within range of a designated Wi-Fi network-your garage might work, depending on how close it is to your router-and the auto will automatically check for and download the update as if it were a smartphone or computer.
The Android Auto and CarPlay update is the first time that Ford is offering a new software version via Wi-Fi. It can happen while the vehicle is off, so long as the auto was connected to said Wi-Fi network while it was running.