Saw this today searching around the web and I think it's pretty much the same answers to the questions we've been asking (particularly the AppLink for me). No definitive dates, but it looks optimistic that they will bring AppLink to MFT. IMO if they don't they will definitely fall behind other car makers as far as in car infotainment is concerned.
It's a discussion with one of the developers of Sync at the 2012 CES.
These are the ones that peak my interest:
"Comment From Terry:
will Applink ever be available on vehicles that currently have MyFordTouch?"
"Terry -- That's the plan, but we've been focusing on the performance upgrade for all of our customers, so that's taken us some time."
"Comment From Gail
Applink is not available with MFT?"
"Gail -- That's correct, as I told Terry, we've been focusing on the performance upgrade for our customers, so AppLink on MFT is not yet available. Soon!!!"
"Comment From Larry
When will we get the USB stick with the new MyFordTouch?"
"Larry -- the MyFordTouch performance upgrade is coming in the next few months. It's in beta testing with about 1000 customers. When they say it's good, we'll know it's ready."