Next-gen iPhone to gain FM transmitter tech
Courtesy of same chip that'll provide 802.11n Wi-Fi
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. ®
All well and good...
But I hear the camera on the new iPhone will only be 3.2M pixels.... When you have such a feature rich, and content rich device that can utilise a decent camera, I'm quite surprised...
Come on guys.. all we (ok, I am) asking for is a camera that's 8m or more..
Apple ups the game on its iPhone and all that brings out all of the usual suspects, the critical tards. We get it okay? In your eyes Apple can do no right. Now pop along and get a life, there's a good chap.
DAB is a nice idea, but i think they have enough problems with battery life as it is, throwing DAB into the mix would kill it after a few mins of radio use.
Listen to the FM before getting too excited
Combining an FM radio with other radios (Wifi, Bluetooth) on the same piece of silicon is hard. Very hard. Suggest y'all listen to the radio very carefully on this thing, while doing BT and Wifi activity, before getting excessively excited.
And about the Nike thing - yes, it is just a Bluetooth chip running not-Bluetooth.
This is one feature whose absence has baffled me for a long time now. I personally just don't get Apples reluctance to do solid built in FM functionality. It plays directly into what they've always done with the iPod and now with the iPhone to an extent. Now has the lack of that feature prevented me from buying a couple iPods? Nope not in the least because third party developers have provided several solid add on products for the times I want or need FM functionality.