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  • CarPlay & Android Auto have a stranglehold on the new car market

    It would be preferable to have an infotainment service that does not rely on a mobile phone - I leave my phone at home a lot, but it must be fully integrated with Android and/or Apple Apps and the respective data on iCloud; and switch automatically based on the driver's key that is being used. Even if GM manages to do this with Google, do they really want to narrow their target market to Google/Android clients; I doubt Apple will allow a Google system full access to data stored in iCloud.
  • CarPlay & Android Auto have a stranglehold on the new car market

    I wonder what it is that Tesla owners find so satisfactory about their infotainment systems, or why drivers of other cars are not as satisfied with theirs. I find the Tesla systems lack others, especially CarPlay.
    The navigation is terrible, its just a top down view with confusing (and sometimes contradicting) step by step directions - like Apple Maps 5 years ago. Granted, it now has Apple Music, but if you share a car, your wife destroys your algorithm because you cannot switch easily to her Apple Music account. Sure, Tesla can integrate your Contacts and Calendar, but again, no way to switch easily in a shared car. Sending texts is possible, but cumbersome. Not to mention that there are no Audiobooks, WhatsApp, etc.

  • Why Tesla can get by without CarPlay but other car makers can't

    alandail said:
    sflagel said:
    alandail said:
    siretman said:
    I don’t rent a car unless it has CarPlay. I am ready with my USB cable and all waypoints set as favorites in my Maps app. 
    The only way to go in a new city with least amount of errors and screwups. 
    I won't rent a car unless it's a Tesla.

    CarPlay brings navigation and music to cars that support it. Tesla has those native, including Apple Music. On trips, when combined with FSD, Tesla's navigation doesn't just tell you where to charge, it drives you from charger to charger. We took a 3400 mile road trip recently, I drove 100 miles, the car drove the rest. I wouldn't even think of taking that same road trip in any other car.
    Did the car change lanes automatically, or do yo have to use the blinker?
    does all of it automatically. Changes lanes, taking exits, turning, stop lights, stop signs, traffic circles. Most people really have no idea how advanced FSD Beta is because Tesla doesn't advertise.


    Thanks for this. I tried FSD this morning (in London) and have to say that it did not work well. It did not recognise speed limits, kept too much distance to the front car so others constantly got in front of me, did not recognise a red light at a pedestrian crossing, waited ages before changing lanes on the motorway, and on the exit it took the inside instead of the outside lane. It was scary. Maybe it works in the US but definitely not in the UK.  

    (And of course in the UK you need to hang your arm on the steering wheel so it thinks you are in control). 
  • Google returns to tablet market with Google Pixel Tablet & docking stand

    The only thing I like is the charging stand. Like the Logitech stand for the old iPad Pros. I will never understand why Apple did away with the Smart Connector.
  • MacBook Air 15-inch with 'M2-like' chip in testing behind closed doors at Apple

    dewme said:
    Rogue01 said:
    The Air is supposed to be small and light weight. .  
    This may have been the original intention but Apple has deviated from that designation quite a bit with subsequent products. I’d describe current “Air” branded products as being consumer (or mainstream) focused versions that pull in a few, but not all, key features from their peers in the Pro line. The iPad Air versus iPad Pro  exemplifies this approach more so than any other Apple product, followed by the MacBook Air versus MacBook Pro.

    Air designated products seem to couple excellent ergonomics (enhanced by the fan-less design of the MacBook Air), well balanced though not extreme performance, and a design that holds back on some of the higher end bells and whistles that entice Pro users. If I had to guess I’d say that Apple looks at a Pro version of a product and asks itself “What are the (top-N) most important features that (some percentage) of all potential buyers are looking for to come up with an Air version of the product.

    Of course, since all users even within targeted categories have never been one homogeneous group all with the same needs, and because Apple usually offers spec upgrades for individual products, the customer’s choice between an Air version and Pro version of a product can still be a bit difficult. 
    Yep. It seems Apple is calling their low cost products just by the product name (MacBook, iPad, iPhone, iMac), consumer level products “Air” (MacBook Air, iPad Air) and professional grade “Pro” (MacBook Pro, iPad Pro, iPhone Pro, Mac Pro and iMac Pro). Seems legit and hopefully they stick to it and expand it across the line up (although iPhone Air would sound silly; but why not drop the “mini” from the Mac mini?).