Feeds

Next-gen iPhone to gain FM transmitter tech

Courtesy of same chip that'll provide 802.11n Wi-Fi

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Will the next iPhone have built-in Griffin iTrip-style FM transmission tech? It certainly appears so - and 802.11n Wi-Fi into the bargain.

AppleInsider claims that the latest pre-release version of iPhone OS 3.0 references a Broadcom 802.11n-capable wireless chip, the BCM4329.

The iPhone 3G can currently connect by 802.11b/g in the 2.4GHz band. The 4329 not only boosts the radio's speed but also adds support for the 5GHz band and, with it, the enterprise-friendy 802.11a spec.

It's also able to do Bluetooth 2.1+EDR, a step up from the current iPhone's Bluetooth 2.0+EDR implementation - not that the iPhone actually uses Bluetooth for anything other than headset connections.

All good stuff, but 9to5mac.com spotted that the Broadcom part also has an on-board FM receiver and transmitter.

We'd go further and point out that the Fm tuner's able to pick up RDS station identity information over here in Europe, along with RDS' North American equivalent, RBDS.

Apple hasn't shown much interest in equipping iPods and iPhones with FM tuners, but the Broadcom chip's FM transmitter paves the way for allowing the gadgets to stream music to nearby radios.

Apple itself may not enable such a feature, but the greater-than-before access to the base hardware provided by the iPhone OS 3.0 API may well allow third-parties to offer FM tuner and/or transmitter applications that tap into the Broadcom chip - if, indeed, it is implemented in future Apple hardware. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
Xperia Z3: Crikey, Sony – ANOTHER flagship phondleslab?
The Fourth Amendment... and it IS better
Don't wait for that big iPad, order a NEXUS 9 instead, industry little bird says
Google said to debut next big slab, Android L ahead of Apple event
Microsoft to enter the STRUGGLE of the HUMAN WRIST
It's not just a thumb war, it's total digit war
Ex-US Navy fighter pilot MIT prof: Drones beat humans - I should know
'Missy' Cummings on UAVs, smartcars and dying from boredom
Netscape Navigator - the browser that started it all - turns 20
It was 20 years ago today, Marc Andreeesen taught the band to play
A drone of one's own: Reg buyers' guide for UAV fanciers
Hardware: Check. Software: Huh? Licence: Licence...?
The Apple launch AS IT HAPPENED: Totally SERIOUS coverage, not for haters
Fandroids, Windows Phone fringe-oids – you wouldn't understand
Apple SILENCES Bose, YANKS headphones from stores
The, er, Beats go on after noise-cancelling spat
prev story

Whitepapers

Forging a new future with identity relationship management
Learn about ForgeRock's next generation IRM platform and how it is designed to empower CEOS's and enterprises to engage with consumers.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
Three 1TB solid state scorchers up for grabs
Big SSDs can be expensive but think big and think free because you could be the lucky winner of one of three 1TB Samsung SSD 840 EVO drives that we’re giving away worth over £300 apiece.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.