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9 to 5 Mac choose Tesla app as best app of 2013

Discussion in 'News' started by Dutchie, Dec 30, 2013.

  1. Dutchie

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  2. Robert.Boston

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    Frankly, this is an odd choice. The app itself isn't particularly revolutionary, even if it's part of a system that is. Magazines like this should focus on apps that their readers might want to get to help run their businesses, etc.
     
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    Can the iPod Touch run this over WiFi to any extent?
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    I agree that it's an odd for 9to5 to give this award to the Tesla app. There are plenty of other useful apps out there that don't require a $65k to $120k accessory to make them do something. :)

    Yes, Tesla's app would work just fine on an iPod touch (and an iPad as well). The caveats would be that the iPod touch and iPad would need a live Internet connection over WiFi (or cellular for the 3G/4G models of the iPad) and the iPad interface would just be the standard iPhone interface scaled up to the larger screen. The entry in the iOS App Store lists:

    Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later, Compatible with iPhone, iPad, iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5.
     
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    I agree, the app is quite basic and lacking many desireable features.
     
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    The Tesla app is an example of how the smartphone lets you do something that couldn't be done before.
    Using your smartphone to control, monitor, or interact with other ( traditionally dumb ) devices is the compelling story here.
     
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    Except for the Leaf app that came out years ago that does the same...and the Volt one I believe...they even give you alerts when charging is interupted.
     
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    I agree with others that the app is not that advanced and probably unworthy of such an award. It really is nothing new -- the Volt Onstar app is better and it was released at least two years ago. But I'm eager to see the new features on the next version.
     
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    The volt app is only ok. It's very slow to update or send commands. I realize the latency comes from how onstar works and not the app, but the net result is the same.

    Hopefully Tesla will continue to innovate wrt to their app.
     
  10. ecarfan

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    I have the Tesla app on my iPhone. When I am on my iPad and search the App Store for that app I can't find it. All I find is an app called "Social - Tesla Motors Edition". I searched for "Tesla Model S" or simply "Tesla".

    The Tesla app is very useful in its current form but of course they could enable it to do much more. I'm sure that over time it will be improved.
     
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    Select iPhone apps in your app store search.
     
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    #12 swaltner, Jan 1, 2014
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    By default, when searching for iOS apps on an iPad, it will only show you apps that are native for the iPad (ones that don't have the smaller iPhone graphics simply enlarged to the iPad display size). I just checked on my iPad and found it by doing the following. Launch the App Store application, search for Tesla, select the "iPad Only" drop-down at the top of the screen and change it to "iPhone Only". The "Tesla Model S" app is the top result.

    BTW, apps that have a plus sign (+) inside the price box are "universal apps" that are native on both the iPhone and iPad. They will run on a iPhone, but also have a native iPad interface. I usually only install an app on the iPad when it's strictly an iPad app or one of these universal apps. I don't particularly like running iPhone-only apps on the iPad...
     
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    Oh of course, why didn't I think of that! :). Downloading the app now onto my iPad. Thanks!
     

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