From MacRumors, the National Association of Broadcasters Calls Against Apple to Add FM Radio to iPhone:
After Apple's clarification that the iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models do not have FM radio chips or antennas designed to support FM- signals, by Broadcasters (NAB) have expressed some doubts about Apple's statement and have asked the company to add FM functionality to its future iPhones.[…]
In his blog post, NAB appeals to Apple CEO Tim Cook, which highlights the number of hurricanes that have experienced in Mobile, Alabama, Cook's hometown since 1969, and encourages the company to introduce FM support as a way for customers to receive news alerts during disasters.
If your concern is access to news during disasters, can I suggest affected families just buy a dedicated portable AM / FM radio? Among the benefits:
- Such radios start below US $ 1
- AM / FM radios last longer on a new set of batteries than iPhones cost and can be charged indefinitely during a power outage, as long as more batteries are available.
There's a sad scene between this and the FCC chairman, and Apple calls without a doubt to enable FM features that are either not physically connected or do not exist at all.
It also speaks volumes that NAB needs to rely on either national disasters or federal bullying to broadcast radio devices in consumer hands. Usually when consumers forced to buy something, it's a good sign that what's being sold is crazy. listening to American terrestrial radio – dominated by ClearChannel bots who play the same songs over and over, and asshole blowhards go for hours of conservative rants – and it's no surprise that fewer Americans have any interest in technology anymore.
No wonder NAB wants to ride piggyback on Apple's popularity and hundreds of millions of iPhones out there. But I think they should have their own house in order first before they start talking crazy about Apple. 659010]