Tesla Software Update Showing Some Love for Apple Users, It’s Not What You Hope

Tesla working to bring Apple Music support to its customers 5 photos
Photo: @greentheonly on Twitter
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The most recent software update that landed on Tesla cars earlier this month comes with a few hidden lines of code pointing to bigger changes planned in a future release.
And one of them is support for Apple Music and Tidal, two services that have been impossible to use on a Tesla unit until now.

The discovery was shared on Twitter by @greentheonly, who explained that Tesla is working on adding more media sources. Still, for the time being, this is only a work in progress and no ETA is known.

They’ve been working on it for quite some time. It’s a bit of a stub now, so who knows when it actually comes,” the Twitter user said. “Tidal is the next one I think because it actually started to get things populated.

So there you go, Tesla finally starts showing some love for Apple products, though, right now, there’s still no sign that support for CarPlay would be added at some point in the future.

With CarPlay, drivers can connect their iPhones to the head unit in the car and mirror the phone interface on the larger display. With apps optimized for driving, including Google Maps, Apple Maps, Waze, Apple Music, Spotify, and others, CarPlay makes the experience overall much more convenient, and this is one of the reasons its adoption has skyrocketed lately.

What’s more, the release of iOS 14 earlier this year unlocked the platform for more app categories, with Apple promising new tools, including EV charging solutions.

For example, ChargePoint is one of the first apps to take advantage of this expanded support for third-party apps, and back in November, the parent company officially announced support for CarPlay too.

More EV applications are projected to come to CarPlay, but right now, it’s pretty clear Tesla owners would still be left behind. The only way to get CarPlay in a Tesla is with another tablet installed in the car. It goes without saying this isn’t necessarily the most convenient approach since the main head unit itself should be perfectly capable of offering the same experience.

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Bogdan keeps an eye on how technology is taking over the car world. His long-term goals are buying an 18-wheeler because he needs more space for his kid’s toys, and convincing Google and Apple that Android Auto and CarPlay deserve at least as much attention as their phones.
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