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 …
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.
My iphone links up nicely with my Garmin satnav via bluetooth for making in-car calls, so not just headsets.
How useful would it be to transmit FM to a nearby radio? When driving around in a car, FM transmitters suffer from bad interference depending on the combination of where you are and what radio frequencies are being broadcast in that area; so it might be working at home, but 50 miles away it can be drowned out by a local radio station on the same frequency.
...sounds about as great a move as when they built the Nike+iPod thing into the Touch 2G.
On that note some people reckoned its heavily based on Bluetooth and uses a normal Bluetooth chip with adapted protocols. So why couldn't they have just...yadda yadda. I have a Touch 2G - would have actually made use of the adapter if they'd done that!
Still, an FM xmitter is all supposition as of yet. Theres still no proof Apple will be releasing a range of iPhones or even a new iPhone at all!
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.
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