Ford Sync Specialist
The new Apple iOS 7 is here and it works just fine with Ford Sync, MyFord and MyFord Touch infotainment systems.
Available Sept. 18, 2013 from iTunes, this is a free download and, yes, it creates sweeping changes to the look and feel of the Apple iPhone (this works on the iPhone 4 and newer handsets).
So are there pitfalls with the new Apple iOS 7 and Sync? Yes, there can be. It appears to be related to the type of Sync system your vehicle has. So, the first thing to do is to
make sure your vehicle has the latest Sync software before upgrading your phone’s software. Anyone with the MyFord Touch (or MyLincoln Touch) system needs to definitely get the lastest software upgrade. This is the version 3.6.2. software upgrade that’s free and available via the website support.ford.com
By the way, any Ford or Lincoln owner needs to be sure they are registered with Ford at the support.ford.com or support.lincoln.com websites. This website can assist in helping you to understand if you have the latest software for your vehicle.
So, all of you iPhone users wanting to upgrade to the Apple iOS 7, it is suggested “unpairing” your iPhone first. To do this go to the Phone Settings on your vehicle, go to Bluetooth Devices, and select Delete Device. Find your device (it may show a model name and number or the name you’ve assigned it). Tap the tab or tap the OK button to start the delete process. Now take your phone, go to the Settings folder, tap Bluetooth, then find the tab that says SYNC, and push only the blue circle on the right side of the tab. When the secondary screen appears, push “Forget this Device.”
Now you can upgrade your phone to the newest iOS. It is recommended that you should plug your phone either into your computer or your wall charger to do the update. The upgrade process takes a little while and you don’t want to run out of battery during the process (a power loss would result in data loss).
The iOS 7 update is around 752 MB in size, depending on the type of device (by the way, the new iOS works on the iPod and the iPad). Apple recommends connecting to a Wifi network because it might be expensive to do it depending on your phone’s data plan. Backing up your phone will also take time and use data, so it is best to use a stable Wifi network.
You can upgrade by plugging it into a computer and updating through iTunes. If you want to back up your phone data through iCloud, then use iTunes. And, yes, you may have to download the latest iTunes version first to begin this process. You will want to back up your device before installing the new software. The new installation could wipe data from your device. Some early adopters report losing photos, contacts, music and text messages. Documents, preferences and files held in Apps could also be lost – so do a backup.
So go to iTunes and select your device, and then click on the Summary tab. Then click Back Up Now button. If you have purchased music or other content on your device, then it is a good idea to transfer purchases too.
iOS 7 needs at least 3 GB of storage to successfully update. If you do not have this much available on your device, then the direct download may not work for you and you will have to use iTunes.
Alternatively, delete some of the photos, music and apps that you don’t need to clear some space and try again.
So with the Apple iOS software updated, now go to your vehicle and pair your iPhone. Here is a good video on how to pair the iPhone. Yes, the video shows the iPhone with the old operating system. The pairing process remains the same even with the upgrade. The new MyFord Touch software automatically matches the PIN numbers and asks fewer questions before the phone book download.
A lot of readers were expecting Apple to work with the Sync voice-to-text messaging. Sorry! Apple will not comply with Microsoft’s protocol to conform to Microsoft’s messaging standard. Some, but not all, of the Android phones will work with Microsoft Sync Text Messaging feature.
If you have the iPhone 4S, the 5, the new 5C and the new 5S, then your phone has Siri – Apple’s voice. Now with the iOS 7 you have the option of a “male” Siri voice. This probably turns Siri into a more “Siri-us” voice-to-text device. To use your Sync system and your iPhone to get a good voice-to-text messaging, keep your iPhone close as you are driving. Feel the front screen and push the “Home” button at the lower edge of the screen. Your phone will make a tone that you can hear through your vehicle speakers. This tone is Siri being activated. After this tone, say “Read Text Messages” (or any command you might want to give Siri). Siri will respond over the vehicle speakers by reading the message or will speak to you. Say “Send text message” and Siri will ask to whom or what number you’d like to send the text, then she/he will ask what message to send. Once you tell him/her the message, she will send the text. Use the Phone icon on the steering wheel to “hang up” and close Siri.
So the new iOS 7 creates a newer, brighter look of icons. So take the time to discover the new additions and functions with the iOS 7 – just not while you are driving down the road!