What you need to know
- Ford has announced its 2021 F-150 pickup truck.
- The company revealed that the new SYNC-4 media system would come standard.
- It also announced that wireless CarPlay would come standard on the vehicle as well.
Yesterday in a press release, Ford announced the new 2021 F-150 pickup truck. As part of that announcement, the company surprised many by revealing that Apple's wireless CarPlay technology would come standard on the vehicle.
The 2021 Ford F-150 is outfitted with the new SYNC-4 entertainment system, and as part of that, the truck will now support wireless CarPlay as a standard feature. Wireless Carplay allows Apple users to place their iPhone on a charging pad and connect to the car's entertainment system without the need for a cable. They can then get directions with Maps, stream Apple Music, and more while charging their phone wirelessly.
Ford also announced that the new F-150 will be the country's first full-size pickup truck to feature standard over-the-air (OTA) updates for its software, a feature that more technology-focused vehicles, like Tesla, have been enjoying for years.
Hopefully, Ford's announcement will encourage other car manufacturers to roll out wireless CarPlay as a standard feature for their new models. While they're at it, throw in CarKey too.
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