And yet every other manufacturer has managed to do this.
Do what, an analog aux jack?
Certainly MANY cars did that- but some never offered it- and some have been removing it as fewer and fewer phones have analog outs.
Why would Tesla suddenly NOW switch to something that's dying off?
So where is an equivalent in the software?
For high def music?
FLAC (or similar) played from local USB storage.
That's it right now.
In theory, Tidal, coming "soon"
This is the most complex car around from an electronics standpoint
In some ways yes.
In other ways it's the simplest
The Model S wiring harness was 3 kilometers long.
When they iterated to the 3, they reduced this to half
Expect the next fresh design (CT presumably) to be vastly less again.
, almost everything built from scratch.
That's the point.
The best part is no part. More on that below-
But a $2 additional part would break Elon's $176B bank account? My heart bleeds...
You grossly underestimate the cost of adding a new part like this.
You'll notice there's also no blinking lights for blind spot in the side mirrors-- and no physical rain sensor for the auto wipers... there's no physical buttons for the memory seat position or side mirror controls...and a slew of other little places where they saved money every step of the entire build and supply chain by simply not including a part "everyone" else does.
Same reason the "cheap" interior for the SR never came into existence with cloth seats... it was cheaper to just keep using the existing premium seats compared to the cost of an entirely new part because even if the new part ITSELF is cheaper, simply HAVING an extra part adds cost at every single step.... sourcing, continuous supply chain, manufacturing complexity, inventory complexity, service complexity, etc...
There's a reason Teslas gross vehicle margins are 2-3 times higher than "everyone" else.