Elon Musk is fascinating to watch even if you’re not an investor because he veers between smart and insane.
Given that Musk makes the associated securities and a number of cryptocurrencies far more volatile than they otherwise would be, investors have far too many occasions where they can regret their interests in Musk’s enterprises.
Musk has recently highlighted a rumour regarding the development of a Tesla phone with a distinctive feature set.
Given where Tesla is headed, the phone makes a lot of sense, especially as a defence against Apple’s anticipated electric vehicle.
This week, let’s investigate the possibility of a Tesla phone. We’ll finish off with my pick for product of the week, a pair of earphones that rank among the most comfy I’ve ever used.
Apple’s Issue with Tesla
Apple and Tesla both have comparable advantages and approaches to their respective markets.
Elon Musk has done a better job than Tim Cook at emulating Apple’s charismatic founder Steve Jobs’ distinct approach to management and product development.
Both businesses have strong consumer brand loyalty, precise market values, and a number of powerful rivals vying for their business.
Tesla has a reputation of having subpar quality control and little marketing activity. Even while Apple has drastically cut back on its marketing, it still effectively dominates the industry in this area and tends to set the standard for product quality.
Tesla purchasers and iPhone users have a strong link. So, Apple may significantly undercut Tesla if it releases a vehicle that is deeply connected into the Apple ecosystem.
Apple poses the biggest danger to Tesla of all the up-and-coming rivals because of its fierce consumer devotion, visibility, and substantial marketing budget. Apple’s reserves make it a dreadful Tesla competition in the future.
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Last but not least, cellphones are taking on significant roles in the upcoming Tesla vehicles and have already incorporated some of the in-car audiovisual technologies. With such connection, Apple would have the advantage and could prevent Tesla and Apple consumers from purchasing Tesla vehicles. This final point is undoubtedly pressuring Musk to think about making his phone.
The speculated phone is supposed to contain Qualcomm’s top-tier Snapdragon 8 Series chip, colours that match Tesla cars, the ability to function better than any other phone as a car key for Tesla vehicles, and (this is the dubious bit) the ability to connect to Starlink.
This latter point is dubious because a smartphone normally needs a huge antenna and a much stronger radio to connect to a satellite. However, if they were able to make it work, it would provide Tesla phone customers a significant, exceptional advantage since they would be able to access reasonably high-bandwidth connections years before 5G is made accessible to them.
The enormous antenna might be better hidden by installing the satellite communication in the automobile, which would be the preferable course. Then, when a 5G network wasn’t accessible or you wanted to watch a movie, the phone would connect through the car (to get around data caps). The vehicle thus receives a constant satellite link for remote control operation and to more accurately report on attempted thefts or parking lot damage.
Last but not least, a Tesla phone may become even more intertwined with your Tesla automobile as cellphones increasingly serve as car keys.
For instance, it may feature buttons specifically designed to lock, unlock, find the car, and yell for help over the vehicle’s exterior speakers. If you had the autonomous capability and wanted the car to pick you up, the phone could also assist the car find you, which would be useful for those of us who frequently forget where we park.
Elon Musk may make those capabilities adjustable so they could operate with other cars if he is more forward-thinking than Tim Cook was with the Apple Watch. If so, the phone may be a stepping stone for those folks to purchase Tesla cars.
Oh, and as a side point, I haven’t heard any rumours about a Tesla wristwatch that works with the car, which would be even more intriguing. (There is also a Tesla watch. Both a wristwatch and a Tesla product, it is neither. It’s quite great, and I have one.
In terms of creating a phone that functioned right out of the box, keep in mind that Qualcomm assisted Apple with the original iPhone, and they have since improved significantly. Tesla would need to add the automotive features, but with Qualcomm’s assistance, they would start with market-leading phone technology and be more than capable of doing so.
In conclusion, Tesla could be more adept at fusing the automobile and the phone than Apple.
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Qualcomm can work well with anyone and was effective in assisting Apple in starting when it was much smaller than it is now, despite the fact that neither Tesla nor Apple have demonstrated that they make good partners.
Tesla may more than catch up to Apple in terms of smartphone technology with Qualcomm’s assistance. Given their work with vehicle AV and autonomous driving, Qualcomm has greater expertise with cars than Apple.
Qualcomm will assist bridge the gap even though Tesla is weak in the phone area; on the automotive front, Tesla is considerably more knowledgeable than Apple. Early on, Tesla should provide a better driving experience than Apple can, if it can raise its quality to the necessary level, which is a huge if given its past.
Tesla arguably has a far faster time in the market with Qualcomm than Apple does with only its new car since the regulatory obstacles associated with creating a car are much more difficult to overcome than those associated with building a phone.
Ironically, Steve Jobs was a bigger fan of automobiles than Tim Cook, indicating that the first Apple car is quite likely to be the Zune. If the Apple automobile is a failure, it would probably not only brighten Elon Musk’s day but also Steve Ballmer’s as he founded Zune and would enjoy Apple going through a similar experience.
Technology Product of the Week by Rob Enderle
UE Earbuds Fit
I’m not a fan of earbuds. They frequently disappear from my possession, they make my ears itch, and they have a peculiar appearance.
Ultimate Ears’ UE Fits are pricey at $249 (on sale right now for $169), but they offer a feature that could make them worthwhile for you. When they are set up, they warm up inside, allowing the portion that fits in your ear to perfectly conform to your ear.
UE FITS headphones
This product has a really modern feel about it.
A few years ago, I purchased a pair of earphones that were comparable, except you had to place the earpieces in hot water until they were pliable before inserting them into your ears. It was less than ideal that I utilised the earphones without fitting because I never got around to doing so.
These UE Fits guide you through the fitting procedure as part of the setup, offer respectable sound when worn, and prevent earbuds from falling out, which frequently makes me dislike them (did I mention that I’m constantly losing them?).
They come in three hues: Dawn, Cloud, and Eclipse, a grayish-blue that seems to be black in the middle (lilac).
Options for UE FITS earbud color
Be advised that only Eclipse is still available; all other colours have already sold out. Nevertheless, I believe Eclipse to be the greatest colour.
They only come with one set of earbuds, but if you get in touch with the Ultimate Ears team, they’ll send you a second set in a different size at no additional cost.
Unusual for a device in this pricing range, UE Fits lack active noise cancelling. The incredibly tight fit makes me suspect they require it, though, and the effectiveness of active noise reduction in earbuds is never clear.
If you don’t like the blue/black hue, the UE Fits are interesting earbuds that are now reasonably priced. However, it’s dangerous to expect them before Christmas because of the delivery problems. But the UE Fits are my product of the week since they fit well, are less prone to fall out, and are now inexpensive.