released a SYNC 3 software update that adds CarPlay and Android
Auto support to its 2016 model year vehicles.
Ford said customers with Wi-Fi-enabled vehicles can set up
their vehicle to receive the update automatically. SYNC 3
version 2.2 can also be downloaded from the Ford Owner website and installed
with a USB drive, or customers can visit any Ford dealership to
have the update process completed for free.
Last summer, Ford made CarPlay and Android Auto available in
all of its 2017 vehicles with SYNC 3. At the time, it
promised it would bring CarPlay and Android Auto to its 2016
model year vehicles by the end of the year, and while it missed
that target by about five months, the update has now arrived.
In late 2015, Ford retroactively added Siri Eyes Free support
to 5 million 2011-2016 model year vehicles.
CarPlay brings Maps, Phone, Messages, Music, Podcasts, and a
number of third-party apps like Spotify to a vehicle’s
dashboard. Apple’s in-car software can be controlled with Siri
and a vehicle’s built-in controls for convenient access to
common iPhone features. It’s compatible with iPhone 5 and