The iPhone 4S and Siri were introduced to the public in October 2011 – Siri, the voice of the iPhone, met with “Samantha”, the voice of Ford Sync, and it looks like they get along well …
The new iPhone uses a female voice to listen to your questions and it answers them. Her nickname is Siri. Ford’s Microsoft Sync infotainment system uses a female voice, her code name in the development stage was Samantha. So, Samantha, let’s meet Siri! Rarely when you start hearing a few voices from your panel!
One of the biggest complaints about the iPhone and its synchronization use is the inability to send text messages. That is still. The new iPhone 4S has a smart assistant with Siri. The new iPhone and Siri can read text messages in speech. And after a little “learning,” an iPhone 4S user can force Siri to use the synchronization system to “send” a message through the car audio system. This provides a safer route where the driver can simply listen to test messages instead of trying to read them on their mobile phone.
To make it work, you need to start with a clean paired iPhone 4S on a car equipped with Ford Sync. New cars equipped with MyFordTouch (it is in Edge and Explorer 2011 and 2012). When the car is in place, click and hold the Home button on your iPhone for a few seconds to call Siri. This will open the Bluetooth connection between the phone and the synchronization. Then you can speak out loud to ask Siri a question through the car microphone and hear the answer through the car’s audio system. Watch this video on YouTube to find ideas…
As you’ve heard in the Newsy video, a Sync user with an updated version of Sync can handle text in voice messages, especially with Android and Blackberry phones. The MAP protocol is not used by Apple. So, iPhone 3G, 3GS and 4 can’t display text in voice text messages. Apple engineers see the possibility of hacking into the phone with this option enabled, so they decided not to use this protocol. Apple iPhone 4S offers a unique way to convert text into speech.
So at the moment, iPhone 4S and Siri users can take voice commands to the next level in Sync-equipped vehicles. Excuse all iPhone 4, 3GS and 3G users. What doesn’t work today can easily change tomorrow. Apple released a new software update for OS 5.0.1 for the iPhone today (November 12, 2011). The new update corrects errors affecting battery life (but early reports ask if this is enough to fix. It also adds multitasking gestures for the original iPad, corrects document errors in the cloud, and improves the speech recognition of Australian users who dictate.
Apple may need to make a few more updates to solve some of the Bluetooth issues that users are reporting. Many Ford Sync users discover that Bluetooth streaming appears and disappears after the iPhone 3GS or iPhone4 update to the new iOS 5 operating system. Visit Sync’s website and their forums for more information.