“Early adopters” of iPhone 4S with Apple iOS 5 report the system works well with Ford’s Sync system.
Since June 2010 SyncMyRide forums have been lighting up with questions from users. So far the news is good. Some Apple iOS 3 users reported that their system didn’t work well with Sync systems. Many felt that Ford should “upgrade” their software to solve the issues, but as it turned out, it was Apple who could improve on their phone’s system.
Beta users of Apple iOS 5 and iPhone 4S models have so far reported that everything works fine. However, there is a large contingent of users who are concerned that they still don’t have the ability to have text messages “read” and converted to voice by the Sync system. Also, a lot of users expect the Sync system to identify Bluetooth audio by artist name and by song title.
Many Sync users who have connected their iPhone or iPod via USB cord to the Sync system like how they can use the “Voice” button to call out commands (“Play Artist U2” or “Play Song Let It Be”). This functionality isn’t there at all or it comes and goes for some. So many users expected the iPhone OS 5 release to address this issue. I’m guessing that it will take more programming by Ford and Microsoft to fix this issue.
But you won’t hear me complain about the text-to-voice issue, or the Artist Name request issue. I think it’s amazing that this telematics system works so well across so many different cellphone companies and all of the models of phones and all of the firmware driving those phones. I use Bluetooth to stream media, to access Pandora, Stitcher, iHeartRadio or my USB jump drive. Oh yeah, I make and receive phone calls as well. Call me old-fashioned, but I prefer to check text messages when I’m not driving.
Apple’s iOS 5, the latest update to its mobile operating system (as of mid-2011), has a number of excellent features, and it’s free. The problem with getting the new update is that it requires the installation of the latest software of iTunes on your host computer and then there’s the problem with all of those servers handling tens of thousands of download requests every second. I still haven’t downloaded the last OS. I thought I’d let the crowds go first. I thought I’d wait and see if there are any major issues to be aware of and try to avoid the “rush.”
One Apple iOS 5 user dowloaded the software onto his iPhone 4 in Oct. 2011. He has not reported any changes to the functionality of his Ford Sync system. Of course, his iPhone works differently and that requires some adjustments. Nowadays with the advancement of software, one of the biggest problems is someone’s “new software release” will mean someone else’s software or hardware incompatibility. So to have everything working fine is a good thing.
So the Ford Sync system is an ongoing “work in progress.” The advancement of in-vehicle technology is still pretty new and there’s always room for improvement. With hundreds of new Ford Sync users coming online early day there’s bound to be some issues, concerns and questions. So more on this story as it develops. If you are a iPhone 4S user with the new Apple iOS 5 software and are having issues, it’s best to look on the Apple forums for “fixes.” For more information visit support.ford.com to register for more information on the Sync system.