Ford has been a partner with Apple CarPlay ever since the feature was first introduced, but the rollout has been a slow one.
In January of last year, Ford announced that all of its 2017 models would feature Apple CarPlay on board, which was good news for Apple and its customers that want to use the feature. At the same time, the auto manufacturer also announced that “at some point in the future,” all of its 2016 models would also be updated to support CarPlay. Initially the goal was before the end of 2016, but it took Ford a bit longer than expected.
But the day has finally arrived. Today, Ford announced that it is updating the Ford SYNC 3 in-car infotainment system to support Apple CarPlay. That means all 2016 models of Ford’s lineup now support CarPlay.
The software is available to download from Ford’s owner support website, or, if you have a Wi-Fi-enabled Ford-branded vehicle, the system can be updated wirelessly:
“Customers can update their software by visiting owner.ford.com to download and install with a USB drive, or by visiting a dealership. Customers with Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles and a Wi-Fi network can set up their vehicle to receive the update automatically.”
Ford’s support for Apple’s technology dates back to 2015, where the company updated all of its vehicles released since 2011 to support Apple’s Siri Eyes Free. With this update to SYNC 3 for CarPlay, Ford will add over 800,000 vehicles to the supported list.
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