Start your Tesla engines...with your iPhone, report says

Leaked screenshots of OS 6.0 show that the updated firmware will come with several new features, including the ability to go fully keyless.

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Tesla's Model S sedan. Tesla

Word on the street is that Tesla is coming out soon with a major firmware update for its all-electric Model S that will let people start their cars with an Apple iPhone.

Tech news site 9to5Mac got its hands on alleged screenshots of the OS 6.0 update, which says this revamped firmware includes "the ability to start your car (in case you forget your key fob)" with an iPhone.

It's unclear how the system will work but 9to5Mac speculates it could use the iPhone 5S Touch ID unlocking feature or something included in Apple's upcoming iOS 8 mobile software.

Earlier this year, Tesla CEO Elon Musk met with Apple executives. At first, it was rumored the meetings had to do with a possible buyout of Tesla -- but those murmurings were shot down. However, it was also believed that the meeting was about integrating Apple's iOS software technologies into Tesla's cars -- much like what the iPhone-maker has done with Audi, General Motors, Ford, Hyundai, and others.

Along with the rumored car-starting feature in the OS 6.0 update, the firmware is also said to include boosted maps and navigation and calendar capability. It's said that a new Tesla Android app will also be available in a few weeks.

 

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