In order to help deal with the lack of native apps, Apple allows macOS Big Sur users on its M1 computers to run iPhone and iPad apps. While it might not necessarily be optimized for a laptop’s dimensions and UI, the idea is that it will bring about functionality and usability until more native apps arrive for the M1 chipset.
Of course, this has led to some creative uses of the M1 chipset and its apps, like Quinn Nelson of Snazzy Labs who decided that he would come up with what he calls the “world’s stupidest use for an M1 Mac” where he installed the Tesla app on his computer. He discovered that it was possible to use the M1 MacBook Air combined with the iPhone’s Tesla app, transforming it into what could possibly be the world’s largest Tesla key.
According to Nelson, he found that the app could be used on his M1 MacBook Air to remotely control his car, but allow it to act as a key too. We’re not sure if Tesla had intended for it to work that way, but since macOS Big Sur allows for iPhone and iPad apps to run on it, we suppose there are bound to be some creative uses for them.
I have the world's biggest car key and the world's stupidest use for an M1 Mac. pic.twitter.com/oSqvVZHh1p
— Quinn Nelson (@SnazzyQ) November 23, 2020
Developers do have the option to opt out of allowing their iPhone and iPad apps to be used on the M1 chipset, but in this instance, it seems that Tesla did not. We’re not sure if the company will continue to allow their app to be used that way, but for now, it seems like a rather novel use.