Currently Being ModeratedOct 7, 2011 3:12 PM (in response to Remy-K)
Do we have any idea if the iPhone 4S with Bluetooth 4.0 will use the Message Access Profile (MAP) & work with the automobile bluetooth systems? Thanks!
Currently Being ModeratedOct 15, 2011 11:54 PM (in response to jeffandrachael)
Good news! I just successfully sent two text messages by using Siri (which comes standard in the 4S) through my Focus's Bluetooth connection. I wasn't able to initiate it using the steering wheel buttons -- I had to hold the home button on the phone -- but once Siri was activated it worked seamlessly through the car's Bluetooth. It seems like an acceptable work-around.
Currently Being ModeratedOct 16, 2011 7:10 AM (in response to CompKingCanada)
Will Siri ever work with the regular iPhone 4 or will I have to buy a whole new phone just to get the text messages to work with MFT/SYNC?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 3, 2011 1:42 PM (in response to jeffandrachael)
I just switched from a Droid X to the iPhone 4s and no joy. Text messages do NOT work though BT hands free is fine.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 3, 2011 1:43 PM (in response to MSW in STL)
That's good, but is there a workaround to get Sync to read your messages to you?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 3, 2011 2:05 PM (in response to leeherman)
If you activate Siri using the Home button on the phone, it will automatically connect through SYNC when the car is on. You can then use Siri normally, only the audio is amplified and you can keep your eyes on the road. To check your text messages, ask Siri to "check messages" or "read new messages." You can then ask Siri to reply, etc.
My only frustration with this has been that the connection between the phone & the car seems to distort the sound a bit, especially when there's road noise, so sometimes Siri gets the words wrong when I'm trying to dictate a text or email. For instance, I tried to dictate "I'm leaving school now..." the other day, and Siri kept thinking I said "I'm leaving pool now." Annoying. I hope that Ford and Apple can work on this in the future.
p.s. Here's a list of helpful Siri commands: http://www.mactalk.com.au/31/104774-list-siri-commands.html
Currently Being ModeratedNov 12, 2011 2:01 PM (in response to CompKingCanada)
I can't even get my iPhone 4S phone to sync with my Ford Escape, never mind texts! Just give me hands-free phone use for now & I'll be happy!
Currently Being ModeratedNov 12, 2011 2:14 PM (in response to MSW in STL)
So you still have to reach for the phone to activate Siri in order to use SYNC? That's not hands-free, and it's still a distraction. We paid too much for a service that isn't working. Come on, Ford & Apple! Get it together!
Currently Being ModeratedNov 20, 2011 11:33 AM (in response to CompKingCanada)
When I attempt to access the text message menu manually via Sync in my 2010 Ford Fusion, the Sync display reads UNSUPPORTED. Apparently, there is a compatibility issue here between my iPhone 4S and Sync. I wish that Apple would acknowledge this issue and provide a solution.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 20, 2011 11:35 AM (in response to davegrz)
The "issue" is that Sync uses a bluetooth profile that the iPhone does not, and has never supported (MAP). There is nothing to fix. The iPhone doesn't support that particular bluetooth profile. Period.
For those of you with connectivity and paring problems, Ford announced and update for their systems last week to correct those problems.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 4, 2011 9:18 AM (in response to CompKingCanada)
I just picked up a 2012 Ford F-150 and would like to use the text messaging feature along with my iPhone 4. Come on Apple. Don't make me switch me to a Windows Phone. Those Nokia's are looking pretty good.
Currently Being ModeratedDec 10, 2011 8:12 AM (in response to Crocket007)
I am a Lincoln MKZ Hybrid driver. This is a HUGE opportunity for Apple in keeping with their "innovative thinking" philosophy. Come on Apple ... where are you on this issue? I am a committed Lincoln driver and a rather new Apple iphone user (i.e. NOT committed) ... I am still in my return window with my iPhone and am thinking VERY seriously about returning the iPhone and going with another product that supports text messaging via Sync unless I at least HEAR from Apple about what they are doing regarding this obvious problem (yes, I know this is a user forum ... but don't tell me that Apple staff doesn't look at it!) It is a question of saftey. I cannot believe that it has taken them this long to get on board!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 10, 2011 8:44 PM (in response to CompKingCanada)
I just got the iphone 4 .....was so fed up with my Droid! BUT the only thing that is frustrating is that the iphone DOESNT sync with my 2011 Ford F150 for text messages!!! I REALLY MISS this feature .....APPLE are YOU HEARING US???
Currently Being ModeratedDec 14, 2011 8:42 PM (in response to CompKingCanada)
I don't see any replies on this board from Apple. It would seem that with all the complaints that Apple would offer some sort of explanation or consideration. I have had iphones for a few years and do my best to support Apple and whenever they have a new iphone I try to get it as soon as possible. As I read through all of these complaint's about the exact same thing I have to realize that Apple; although I'm sure Apple appreciates our dedication, they don't necessarily appreciate us.....at least not enough to offer a simple update to our phones so that we can safely field incoming texts without veering our attention away from traffic. It would be nice if we could at least use the reply that sync offers saying, "I can't text right now because I'm driving". I have my iphone through AT&T and I wouldn't trade my AT&T service for anything but face it, there are a lot of good phones out there. Iphone use to be the leading edge of technology but now there are LOTS of leading edge phones out there! Sometimes we have to go with what has always worked best in the past....good old fashioned boycotting! Go to the Sync site and carefully decide on the phone that works best for messaging through your provider, then tell iphone.....icya!
Currently Being ModeratedDec 15, 2011 1:45 PM (in response to lloydfromdayton)
Why worry. If the NHTSA gets their way, it will be illegal to use sync to send messages anyway... It will also be illegal to talk on a hands free speakerphone.
For all those who are complaining, maybe you should have taken a look at the compatibility matrix provided by Ford before you decided which car or phone to buy.