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Ford Sync 3

Ford Sync 3

Ford Sync 3

Ford Sync 3

Ford Sync 3

Ford Sync 3

Ford Sync 3

Ford Sync 3

Ford Sync 3

Ford Sync 3

Ford Sync 3

Ford Sync 3

Ford Sync 3

Welcome to the new version of Ford's Sync, which will debut in 2015.

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Sync now takes on HVAC controls, effectively getting rid of MyFord Touch.

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3D maps are now standard, thanks to the higher-performance processor.

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The menu bar along the bottom makes switching between the various interfaces easy.

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Searching by destinations -- either by touch or by voice -- is also much easier.

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You can enter in a natural search, a full address, or just a type of category and Sync will figure it out.

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Full results are easy to scroll through. Just tap one and you're off.

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Pair with a phone and you can naturally make calls and messages easily enough.

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Apps now show up as media sources, as they should.

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Here's the interface of the improved NPR One app.

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And Sirius XM, which looks quite similar.

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Pairing phones is also easier now, and Sync 3 works with Android or iOS devices.

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Again, Sync will arrive in 2015 on 2016 model year vehicles. Performance is hugely improved, making this a great update.

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