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Old 06-13-2012, 12:38 AM   #1
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Bluetooth MAP Support added to iOS 6

Buried way in the back of Apple iOS 6 announcement on Monday is a huge new feature for MyFord Touch users who have an iPhone. They announced that iOS 6 will support the Bluetooth MAP protocol.



Look right next to the upper right hand corner of the iOS 6 icon its very faint, but its there.

For those of you who don't know what Bluetooth MAP is, it is a messaging protocol which will allow the iPhone to take advantage of MyFord Touch's built in text messaging features. Something that has Apple has never supported.

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Some people are already playing with it. It sounds like its not fully functional yet, but it is a beta.

Now we just have to wait until the fall.


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Old 06-13-2012, 06:58 AM   #2
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Yeah, I noticed this Monday when I was looking at the same screen that you posted a shot of (of course, it was specifically what I was looking for). Here is hoping it not only works, but the OS update doesn't end up undoing any features that currently work. Seems promising though.

It was also interesting that they (Apple) talked about one-touch Siri/car integration and listed several manufacturers already on board with Ford being conspicuously absent from the list.
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Old 06-13-2012, 02:07 PM   #3
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It was also interesting that they (Apple) talked about one-touch Siri/car integration and listed several manufacturers already on board with Ford being conspicuously absent from the list.
Ford wouldn't use Apple technology just as Apple would not introduce a Windows 8 tablet.

Both MFT and Apple (Siri) use Nuance voice recognition technology. Nuance recently announced their own system as well.

http://www.tuaw.com/2012/05/25/nuanc...lity-for-cars/
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Old 06-13-2012, 03:15 PM   #4
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Ford wouldn't use Apple technology just as Apple would not introduce a Windows 8...
You do know who saved Apple from bankrupcy in the '90, don't you? And who baillout it? Microsoft did, so I will not be so drastic, when we all know that Apple runs on Intel platforms also.
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Its about time. I hate missing my texts when driving.
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I wouldn't expect Ford to include Siri integration since they use Microsoft Sync. I don't think Microsoft would want their voice system superceded by an Apple product.
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I wouldn't expect Ford to include Siri integration since they use Microsoft Sync. I don't think Microsoft would want their voice system superceded by an Apple product.
Yeah, figured as much but there is also the "keeping up with the Jones'" factor and if it ends up taking off, others may end up with a value-added proposition while Ford sits on the sidelines.

Apparently someone over at syncmyride has a beta (post 8):

http://boards.synccommunity.com/n/pf...yncmb&tid=5579
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I wouldn't expect Ford to include Siri integration since they use Microsoft Sync. I don't think Microsoft would want their voice system superceded by an Apple product.
Funny thing is, Sync is worthless without a phone.

If not right away, I bet Ford includes Siri support soon enough. iPads and iPhones are too common for Ford to ignore them completely
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I can't get MAP to work with my Droid Razr Maxx still. So frustrating. I have repaired a million times and have tried everything and Sync won't recognize my texts for some reason.

When I pair the phone I will get a notification on my phone saying that Sync wants me to allow MAP. I allow it and it still doesn't work.

On another note, how come every time Apple comes out with a new iOS it's a huge deal but then when you break it all down, they are catching up and adding features that Android has had for months and years already? No hate towards Apple, just my observation over the years.
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It'll be interesting to see what phones Bluetooth MAP will work with (4S and above like turn by turn and Siri?)

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Ford wouldn't use Apple technology just as Apple would not introduce a Windows 8 tablet.
Funny you should say that, since supporting current hardware increases your customers. And Ford doesn't "use" Apple technology. They simply support it. Just like they're supporting Apple devices for their Xbox Smart Glass technology.

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On another note, how come every time Apple comes out with a new iOS it's a huge deal but then when you break it all down, they are catching up and adding features that Android has had for months and years already? No hate towards Apple, just my observation over the years.
Because millions of people use iOS and get excited for new features, because Android/Windows phone users that are actually up to date with the latest OS version is much smaller than those that are on the latest iOS version, because these features are on other phones but aren't implemented well, and mostly because these are features come standard on the newest phones and iPhone users have 1/2/3 year old hardware.
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