Tesla’s UWB Support: A Boost for iPhone 11 and Newer Users with Compatible Tesla Models

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Tesla Introduces Ultra Wideband (UWB) Technology for iPhone's Phone Key Feature Tesla has recently announced support for Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology in its Phone Key feature, providing improved performance for select iPhone users. The UWB chip was initially introduced with the iPhone 11 and enables better interaction between devices utilizing UWB technology.
Tesla Introduces Ultra Wideband (UWB) Technology for iPhone's Phone Key Feature Tesla has recently announced support for Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology in its Phone Key feature, providing improved performance for select iPhone users. The UWB chip was initially introduced with the iPhone 11 and enables better interaction between devices utilizing UWB technology.

Tesla Introduces Ultra Wideband (UWB) Technology for iPhone’s Phone Key Feature

Tesla has recently announced support for Ultra Wideband (UWB) technology in its Phone Key feature, providing improved performance for select iPhone users. The UWB chip was initially introduced with the iPhone 11 and enables better interaction between devices utilizing UWB technology.

According to the release notes for Tesla update 2024.2.3, spotted by Not a Tesla App, Tesla’s UWB technology offers enhanced accuracy when locking, unlocking, and opening automatic doors. To upgrade your Phone Key from Bluetooth to UWB, follow the instructions in the Tesla app (version 4.29.5 or higher) after choosing Phone Key > Upgrade. Ensure your iPhone Settings for Nearby Interactions remain on for Tesla, provided your iPhone is 11 or newer.

It is important to note that UWB support is currently available only for specific Tesla models, including the latest Model 3 and 2023 Model X vehicles, as well as the Cybertruck. Not a Tesla App has clarified that all refreshed Model S and Model X vehicles come with new UWB frequencies in their certificate of conformity, but this upgraded Phone Key feature is not yet available for them. The previous generation Model 3 and the current Model Y do not have UWB connectivity.

While this latest feature is compatible only with iPhones at the moment, some Android phones also include UWB technology. This enhancement is a positive step for Tesla, offering a better user experience for iPhone users, although it is not related to CarPlay.

Apple has a car key feature in Apple Wallet, but Tesla does not currently support this option. As of now, there is no indication that support for UWB connectivity will extend to Apple Wallet’s car key feature.