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Tesla has rolled out a new update for its app for iOS users. In the latest version of the app, users will notice the integration of iOS-based features, including the ability to control their electric vehicles using their iPhone’s Siri and Shortcuts app. The EV giant made the update last Saturday.
“Access your vehicle controls and climate from the Apple Shortcuts app,” the new update note reads.
The new features should allow the Tesla app for iOS users to access different automation functions for their EVs using Shortcuts. This includes locking/unlocking Tesla, start/stop preconditioning, and enabling/disabling Sentry Mode and Dog Mode. This also starts the support for Siri on the Tesla app, letting users directly access the said shortcuts by providing the commands to Siri.
Aside from automation features, the Tesla app for iOS is also expected to gain other Apple-based features in the future. According to a report in July, Tesla is testing AirPlay in its app. The discovery was shared by @Tesla_iOS_App on Twitter after decompiling the app’s latest version, which has a reference that reads: allowsAirPlayForMediaPlayback. The app is currently not showing any features that will allow AirPlay between Apple and Tesla EV devices, but it is a huge hint that the capability will soon arrive. To recall, Tesla CEO Elon Musk twitted about discussing the matter with the Tesla team last year. Now, it seems the EV giant is now starting its work to allow AirPlay support for Teslas. Once available, this should enable easier sharing and streaming of video and audio content from an Apple device to Tesla’s screen.