Why an iPhone and Car Mount Is Better Than Your In-Car Infotainment System

Today, if you’re going to go out and buy a high end car, you’ll be amazed by the range and variety of in-car entertainment systems. From the introduction of the radio, our cars have since evolved satellite navigation systems, dual mode screens for watching films and even the ability to answer questions you have on the road. However, these systems can often be pretty dumb. Slow, unintuitive and rarely updated, they can be much less useful than the computer you’ve got in your pocket – your iPhone.

Unlike your car, your iPhone is always with you, learning what you’re interested in and figuring out where your likely destinations are going to be. It also knows what kind of music you like to hear, the sound of your voice and exactly where it is at all times. Those are things which your car simply can’t do, and with the help of an iPhone car mount, you can turn any older car into an ultra-modern smart ride. Here are our three favourite iPhones features to use in a car:

1) Navigation

In-car navigation services can be pretty awful at times. You’re either stuck using the one which came built in to your car, which might never have been updated to the latest maps or dedicated GPS units which can be costly and clumsy to install. With an in car iPhone mount, you can use the GPS you’ve always got on you – your phone. You’ll always have the latest maps, as well as access to things like traffic updates, something many in-car navigation systems don’t offer. Perhaps best of all though, because the many docks support charging, your phone’s battery won’t drain whilst it gets you from location to location.

2) Hey, Siri!

Since iOS 9, iPhones have had the capability of listening out for the command ‘Hey, Siri’. At home, that means you can ask it things like how long you’re meant to boil an egg for, or to set an alarm. If you’ve got your iPhone mounted in your car though, it can mean doing things like asking it to find restaurants in your destination before you arrive, telling it to play an album that you love or even redirect you to another location.

3) Unlimited music choice

Remember the days of filling your cars storage compartments with CD’s in order to keep your music choices fresh? Say goodbye to them, because with an iPhone and mount combination, you can stream as much music as you like. Many cars from the last decade have Bluetooth connectivity, and many more have 3.5mm connection, making connection to your iPhone easy. With an in-car iPhone mount, album arts, information and controls are all at your fingertips; so all you really need to do is choose between Spotify, Google Play Music or Apple Music.

Sync Workshop – Edit iPhone and Smartphone Contacts for Improved Sync Access

Editing your iPhone or smartphone contacts can help you improve access with the Ford Sync system.

When it comes to most smartphones, the critical first step is entering the contact data correctly.

If you open a new contact file, put the First Name of your contact in the “First Name” box. And then put the contact’s Last Name in the “Last Name” box. Sound simple enough, but here’s the deal… if you put the name John Smith entirely on the “First Name” line and then, if your phone and your Ford Sync system is set up to search by last name, then guess what? That’s right, you can say, “Call John Smith,” and the Ford Sync system cannot find anything in your phone book. So, take the time to edit your contacts by name and how they are entered.

When it comes to the iPhone 5, be sure to go to your Settings icon. Scroll down to the “Mail, Contacts, Calendars” box and give it a tap. Then scroll down to the “Contacts” section. Take notice of your “Sort Order”, you may want to set it on “Last, First” and then look at your “Display Order” and you might want to make that “First, Last.” Otherwise, you might be pushing the Voice button and say “Call John Smith” and the Sync system might say “No such contact found.” But it might if you said, “Call Smith, John.” I don’t know about you, but that would drive me crazy to say Last Name first and then First name last.

Then, take notice of what kind of phone number you are entering on the contact… place their work number in the “Work” number box, and the cell number on the “Mobile” number box. Then, the proper way to set up the call is to tall Sync, “Call John Smith at Work.” Why? If you don’t, and just say, “Call John Smith,” then the system will come back and state “Multiple contacts found, say 1 for Work and 2 for Mobile.” Once again, take some time to edit your phone book to make it so you can make the call without a lot of prompting from Sync.

And, did you know that when you initially Pair your Phone, and give the system permission to download your phonebook contacts, what the system does is Index (review) your contacts. If you make additions or corrections to your phonebook while in your vehicle, the Sync system won’t be able to “see” the updates until you turn off the vehicle, completely power down your Sync system, and then restart (or reboot) your Sync system. Then it will re-index your contacts and “see” the updates.

For those with the MyFord Touch system, you may want to touch the Phone corner, tap the Settings tab, go to the Manage Phonebook tab, and then tap Re-download Phonebook.

Watch out when it comes to using contacts that are entered in all capital letters. The Sync system has to review your contacts by the text you have entered into the contact information line. “John” is reviewed by the system and then it can listen and say “John.” If a contact is entered as “JOHN” then the system can only “find” the name if you say, “Call J-O-H-N.” So, avoid entering your contact names in all capital letters.

It makes sense to take the time to edit your frequently called contacts and make the information so the Sync system can easily understand it.