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Tesla to stop supporting version 3.x of their app next month | #ios | #apple | #iossecurity | #hacking | #aihp

By Alex Jones

Users who are still running version 3.x of Tesla’s app on Apple devices have recently begun reporting an in-app message that pops up when opening the Tesla app on their phones.

Twitter user Joel Christ made us aware of the in-app messaging. The message indicates that Tesla will no longer support the app after August, 31st, 2022, it encourages the user to update the app to the current version (4.11).

According to Joel the app says “Mobile update is required – This mobile app version will be no longer supported after August 31st 2022. Please update it to use the latest Tesla app.”

This could be due to Tesla deprecating certain security methods or other functions that they’re transitioning away from or already have already transitioned from in their later app revisions. It could also signal that some major changes may be coming in the near future.

While updating to the latest stable app version is always a good idea for the security patches that routinely come with app updates, this particular deprecation process will exclude some iOS users that still use older devices.

In order to use Tesla’s latest app (4.11), one must possess a device that supports iOS 13+. 

According to Apple, iOS 13 is only compatible with the following phones.

  • iPhone 11
  • iPhone 11 Pro
  • iPhone 11 Pro Max
  • iPhone XS
  • iPhone XS Max
  • iPhone XR
  • iPhone X
  • iPhone 8
  • iPhone 8 Plus
  • iPhone 7
  • iPhone 7 Plus
  • iPhone 6s
  • iPhone 6s Plus
  • iPhone SE

iOS/iPadOS 13 is also compatible with the 7th generation iPod Touch and a variety of iPad models, although those may be less convenient due to their bigger size or WiFi only connection.

While Apple allows users to download the most recent version of an app that is compatible with their operating system, it looks like Tesla may no longer allow users to sign in to their 3.x app.

The number of iOS users using iPhone 6s and older devices to unlock their Teslas is likely to be low (Apple, in June of 2022, estimated that 90% of Apple devices were running iOS 15), but it will still potentially exclude those device update holdouts from unlocking their car.

Although the Model 3 and Model Y do support a keyfob, it does not come included with one. This change and Tesla’s potentially short transition time could be an issue for some owners.

For affected users, the best method to continue to have access to their cars would be to upgrade their device, but they can also consider using third-party Tesla apps or buy a keyfob for their vehicle as a temporary solution.

Tesla’s 4.0 version of the app was released in August 2021 and offers many new features and improvements over the 3.x version. For a list of features and changes to the Tesla app, check out our App Updates section.

By Nuno Cristovao

The first images of FSD Beta 10.13 have begun to surface.

Tesla’s latest FSD Beta is currently being tested by employees before it’s released to the public later this week.

There are many expected improvements in this update, including solving more complex turns that include a median.

However, one change that hasn’t been talked about until now is the car’s improved path visualization. The vehicle’s path that is shown on the screen will now go much further out.

In prior updates, the vehicle’s planned path may only go out the length of a couple of cars. This could sometimes lead to confusion if the vehicle decides to take a path that does not correspond to the vehicle’s navigation.

As we can see in these new images, the vehicle’s intended path now goes out much further. Judging by these two images, the path goes out about as far as the rest of the visualizations.

Although the vehicle can change its path as it gets closer and encounters potential obstacles, this will give beta testers a much better understanding of the vehicle’s intentions.

FSD Beta 10.13 shows its intended path much further out

Release Date

On July 5th Elon Musk said that the “3am oil” was being burned in order to get Beta 10.13 out the door.

About a week later he said that the beta was going out to employees and the public release should be soon.

The latest information we have on the release of FSD Beta 10.13 is that it will be available “this week.”

Last night Elon said via Twitter that the software will be ready “maybe end of this week.” Since it was Saturday night, it’s not exactly clear which week Elon was referring to, but it looks like we may be in for at least a little more waiting before the first testers start receiving the latest beta.

By Gabe Rodriguez Morrison

FSD Beta visualizations

This article seeks to answer the most frequently asked questions about Tesla’s Full-Self Driving Beta Program. It will answer questions about how to get selected for the program, how to improve your safety score and when it will become available for wider release.

How does FSD work?

FSD is Tesla’s proprietary self-driving software that is improved by collecting data from Tesla’s network of over 100,000 beta testers.

What is FSD Beta?

FSD Beta allows Tesla vehicles to drive autonomously to a destination entered in the car’s navigation system. Since this is the Beta program, drivers must remain vigilant and ready to take control at all times.

How many users are there in the FSD Beta Program?

As of July 2022, there are over 100,000 Tesla drivers enrolled in the FSD Beta program in the U.S. and Canada.

How many miles have been driven on FSD Beta?

As of July 2022, Tesla reported that its fleet of customers driving with the FSD Beta software has surpassed 35 million miles driven.

Which countries is FSD Beta available in?

Tesla currently allows FSD Beta for cars in the U.S. and Canada. Tesla plans to launch the program in Europe later this year.

How much does FSD Beta cost?

Tesla’s FSD package has consistently increased in price over the years. Most recently in January 2022, Tesla increased the cost from a one-time payment of $10,000 to $12,000.

The software is also available as a monthly subscription for $99 if you have Advanced Autopilot or $199 if you have basic Autopilot.

The subscription price is only available if you have FSD hardware 3.0 or above.

Which models are available for FSD Beta?

If you have purchased FSD capability and have FSD hardware 2.0 or 2.5, you are eligible to receive a complimentary installation of Tesla’s FSD computer (hardware 3.0).

A complimentary hardware upgrade to the FSD computer is not available for Full Self-Driving capability subscribers; however, you may be eligible to upgrade for $1,000.00 plus applicable tax, which includes installation.

How do you sign up for FSD Beta?

You must be a FSD user (paid in full or by subscription) and live in a supported region to request access to the Beta program.

You can request by tapping on Controls > Autopilot > “Request Full Self Driving Beta”, and accept the terms and conditions. You will need to meet Safety Score minimums over a certain period before Tesla gives you access to the beta.

You can view your Safety Score in the app and we have seen Tesla add beta testers with a score of 95 and above. However, Tesla does not add additional testers continuously, and it may take a week or months of having a score above 95 before you’re given access to the beta.

Unfortunately, there is no guarantee that you will receive the FSD Beta even if you have a high Safety Score as Tesla only adds additional testers when needed.

How does Tesla select users for the FSD Beta Program?

Though requirements change over time and vary depending on region, the current requirements for the Beta test include getting a 95-100 Safety Score over a monitoring period of seven days.

How do I improve my Safety Score?

There are five safety categories that Tesla actively uses to measure the safety score of a driver. Your performance in each category is compared to the median of Tesla’s fleet.

These are the five categories in order of weighted average score:

  • Forced Autopilot Disengagement
  • Hard Braking
  • Aggressive Turning
  • Unsafe Following
  • Forward Collision Warnings

You can also read more about how to improve your safety score.

When Will FSD be available to all Tesla owners?

According to Tesla CEO Elon Musk, starting in 2022, Tesla FSD will be available to all Americans and Canadians, regardless of their Safety Score.

When Will FSD be available in Europe?

Elon said in early 2022 that Tesla is aiming to release FSD Beta in Europe by the end of the year.

What does a blue car mean in the visualizations?

You can read our article about all FSD visualizations and their meanings to get a better understanding of FSD Beta.

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