National Association of Broadcasters USA (NAB) urged Apple to reconsider its attitude to broadcasting and activate the built-in smartphones iPhone FM-module, thereby extending the functionality of the popular gadget probably seen in budget devices. According to a statement agencies, universal chip in the iPhone is not limited to support for Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, because the activation of the FM will be solved by issuing software updates.
At NAB sure that such useful features as access to FM-frequencies, users will play only on hand: “Users could avoid payments for traffic and reduce battery consumption, if they listen to free FM-radio. Listening to music in streaming mode increases the battery consumption of three to five times compared to the same content playback means FM-chip [and] it is needed in an emergency. ”
Doubt a number of experienced users regarding the need for integration of antennas, in addition to updates only, far-fetched as this problem is solved by connecting the headphones that act simultaneously and antenna on almost all smartphones with support for FM-range.
It has also proved in 2012 by YouTube on your phone with the received administrator. Due solely software updates and headphones as an antenna, he was able to gain access to the FM-band:
Update – not only the necessary decision to activate the FM-radio chip Murata 339S0228 (used in the iPhone 6). There is still a need to address the quality of testing, prepare the appropriate software, as well as to achieve a certain sound quality and assess the impact of this function to work on other possibilities device. In addition, it can hurt sales in the iTunes Store and the reduction of the potential audience of corporate streaming service, which, according to rumors, will be presented at WWDC 2015.
What’s interesting statement came after the message Minister of Culture of Norway refusal to FM-broadcasting in the territory of the country as early as 2017. It seems, NAB wants to defend the right of its existence due to an increase audience FM-radio users gadgets Apple (all sold more than 700 million iPhone) and the Norwegian way of not a little stir. Otherwise, it is unclear why so many had to wait years before to call the company to include traditional radio on its smartphones.