Ford's AppLink gets iPhone link

With iPhone compatibility, the AppLink voice control app will work with the most of the big platforms, including Android and BlackBerry devices.

Ford AppLink
Ford will be giving AppLink demos at CES in January. Sam VarnHagen/Ford Motor

Ford said today that AppLink, its application that enables Sync users to control their smartphone via voice, will be compatible with Apple's iPhone. AppLink will also be a free download for Ford Fiesta owners.

The effort is just the latest from Ford to bring mobile connectivity into the car cabin. With iPhone compatibility, AppLink will work with the most of the big platforms, including Android and BlackBerry devices. Ford is aiming to create an app ecosystem for its cars and use voice control for popular smartphone software.

Pandora, Stitcher and OpenBeak are the first Sync-enabled mobile apps . Ford plans to highlight its technology efforts at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in early January.

Read more of "Ford's AppLink to be compatible with Apple's iPhone" at ZDNet's Between the Lines.

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