Tesla Releases Completely Redesigned iPhone App With Touch ID Support

Discussion in 'iOS Blog Discussion' started by MacRumors, Feb 11, 2017.

  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Tesla has updated its iPhone app with a completely redesigned user interface and Touch ID support for quick access to keyless driving.


    The app now has a much cleaner aesthetic, a trio of shortcuts on the main screen for quick access to frequently used controls, and a more detailed render of the vehicle in the "Climate" menu. A new Today widget in Notification Center allows users to monitor their electric vehicle at a glance.

    The Tesla app, now at version 3.0, is free on the App Store [Direct Link] for iPhone. The update is also available for Android.

    (Thanks, Andrew!)

    Article Link: Tesla Releases Completely Redesigned iPhone App With Touch ID Support
  2. Harmonious Zen macrumors 6502a

    May 18, 2013
    About time. The old version was getting super long in the tooth.
  3. PsykX macrumors 6502a

    Sep 16, 2006
    I'll start using it on January 1, 2020 for my Model 3.
    Downloaded already though, you know, just in case :p
  4. zahuh macrumors regular

    Oct 22, 2004
  5. ateslik macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2008
    and POTUS.
  6. atomic.flip macrumors regular


    Dec 7, 2008
    Orange County, CA
    Seriously. BMW has had a new connected drive app that performs similar functions for some months now and even their older app supported Touch ID. I'm truly surprised this was absent from the old Tesla app.
  7. cerote macrumors 6502a


    Mar 2, 2009
    He can't. He was not US born.
  8. nikster0029 macrumors 6502


    Jul 21, 2010
  9. macs4nw macrumors 601


    I continue to be quite impressed with Tesla and Elon.
  10. Steve.P.JobsFan macrumors 6502a


    Jan 27, 2010
  11. Bart Kela, Feb 11, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2017

    Bart Kela Suspended

    Bart Kela

    Oct 12, 2016
    Yeah, maybe when he can actually run a company that generates a profit. He does not do so as Tesla CEO.

    No dilettantes for Apple CEO. Tim might not be the flashiest CEO on the planet, but then again, he's running one of the world's largest companies by market capitalization. Plus, Steve Jobs picked Tim twice as the best person who could step in his shoes.

    I am not impressed by Tesla's -$6.32 diluted EPS. Tesla has more debt than cash and the short ratio is over 7%. Of course, Tesla does not pay out any dividends.

    If Elon wants to talk the talk, he needs to walk the walk. So far, he has not done so. It took Steve Jobs two attempts. Steve's enormous fortune before he passed away was largely due to the success and subsequent sale of Pixar to Disney, not to his Apple activities.

    I actually like loose cannons like Elon, many of them are good for the industry. But Apple of 2017 isn't the Apple of 1997. I don't see AAPL as a growth stock any more, it is a value stock. That's fine, there are other stocks that have stepped into AAPL's shoes. It's unrealistic to imagine that a stock with AAPL's market cap will move like it did in the past.

    (Disclaimer: I own AAPL, DIS and TSLA.)
  12. britboyj, Feb 11, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 11, 2017

    britboyj macrumors 6502a

    Apr 8, 2009
    Carplay isn't a function of the Tesla app though?

    And what's the point of Carplay when my car has a superior navigation system and functions that Carplay can't possibly compete with?

    I WOULD like Carplay mirroring for the media player only on the bottom half of my screen, but full Carplay would be a large step down.
  13. PatrickCocoa macrumors 6502a

    Dec 2, 2008
    I'm slightly negative on this redesign.

    On the positive side, the background picture of your car looks nicer/larger, and the controls are somewhat more usable (once you get to a control screen). On the negative side, the initial screen now has a table view that takes you to the control screens - this table view takes up the bottom third of the screen. The prior version had the view that takes you to the control screens in a small tab bar at the bottom of the screen - this method allowed more space on the initial screen for controls and information.
  14. AppleWarMachine macrumors 65816


    Sep 27, 2011
    Michigan, US
  15. ArtOfWarfare, Feb 12, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 12, 2017

    ArtOfWarfare macrumors G3


    Nov 26, 2007
    Actually, Elon is The Chef, not A Cook.

    Anyone read WBW? No?

    Anyways... downloaded the app hoping maybe as the first update since they got 500K deposits for the Model 3 that maybe they'd have something special. Nope - I put in my credentials for MyTesla and I get an error message saying there's no delivered cars linked to my account yet. Won't even so much as let me remember the password.

    Ah well. Doing a test drive of the Model S today. Hoping to figure out what all options I want for my 3.
  16. Boatboy24 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2011
    1 Infinite Loop
    I didn't even know such an app existed. :rolleyes:

    Very cool though. Am I reading correctly that you can start the car with your phone? Is there a watch app as well? 'Cuz, you know, it's easier than taking your phone out of your pocket. ;) Better yet: "Hey Siri, start the up the Tesla, please."
  17. can$rules macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2014
    Not only that, but you can turn on the AC or heat remotely, so by the time you get to the car it is comfortable inside. My favourite feature, though, is the accurate gps locator. You can even track the car location and speed as it drives around. No more wandering around a mall parking lot trying to remember where I parked the car.
  18. Dainin macrumors regular

    Sep 4, 2009
    The official app does not have a watch app. However, Remote S does, and you can use it to start the car from your Apple Watch.
  19. Sonmi451 Suspended

    Aug 28, 2014
    That's great but not everyone cares about stocks. Tesla is making awesome cars and changing the industry. Apple is pretty vanilla in comparison. Most of the stuff they make is fine but they aren't changing the game like Tesla. Manufacturers have basically caught up with Apple almost at every step. Nobody has caught up to Tesla yet. I like Tim but he also inherited Apple at its peak. Hard to compare the two. Tim is fine for what Apple wants to do, Elon is good for Tesla. You can't just swap the two because they are high profile Ceos.
  20. atomic.flip macrumors regular


    Dec 7, 2008
    Orange County, CA
    My BMW has had this since begining of 2016 through connected drive.
  21. petsounds macrumors 65816

    Jun 30, 2007
    Cluttered design, and bad UI choices. For instance, why would they make the user tap arrows to move the temperature one degree at a time, instead of just taking advantage of the touchscreen and providing a slider control? Lazy effort.
  22. bubbagumpshrimp macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2008
    Connected Drive isn't on the same level as Teslas functionality through the app... yet. Very slow to commands (which makes me not want to use the app) and doesn't have the same amount of functions. Example: I can't set the temperature to what I want. The car picks the temp based on outside weather. My wife has a BMW i3 and I have a model s.
  23. zohaali146 macrumors regular

    Nov 14, 2016
  24. RightMACatU macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2012
  25. Bart Kela Suspended

    Bart Kela

    Oct 12, 2016
    I admire Tesla and Elon Musk, I just don't think he's a credible candidate as CEO for Apple.

    Both companies are at a different point in their evolution, something a few people here seem not to grasp.

    As for caring about stocks, I realize not everyone cares about that, especially in the MacRumors Q&A forum. But the same could be said about any topic here or elsewhere, not everyone is going to care about everything.

    That said, as a publicly traded corporation, the primary responsibility of Apple is to increase shareholder value. Apple is not a charity nor is it your mother cooking you your favorite breakfast.

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