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(Tech Crunch)   FCC: "You need to activate the FM radio chips in your phones when there's a national emergency." Apple: "Um...you do know we don't have those in our phones, right?" FCC: *crickets*   ( techcrunch.com) divider line
    More: Facepalm, FM radio chips, Radio, Frequency modulation, Apple, iPhone radio chips, Satellite radio, FM broadcasting, iPhone 6s  
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2017-09-29 11:10:21 AM  
10 votes:

Electrify: it must have a microSD card slot


Expandable storage is an obsolete idea. Putting all of your files in the cloud, trusting strangers with them, and racking up your mobile data to access your own stuff? That's the Fearless™ Courage™ we all need.
2017-09-29 10:22:38 AM  
10 votes:

theflatline: dittybopper: Unobtanium: Go$h why wouldn't the carrier$ want FM receiver$ in the phone$ u$ed on their network$?

/FM is the one thing I miss from using my HTC Thunderbolt

It doesn't actually cost them anything.  They use software defined radios anyway, so adding the code necessary to receive 87 MHz through 108 MHz isn't a significant cost.  It's all just software.

Well, that's not strictly true:  It might cut into their profits from iTunes, if people just listened to the radio instead of downloading (at a cost) every song they want to listen to.

I work for Apple,<snip>


So you're getting a kick out of these replies?
2017-09-29 09:24:25 AM  
7 votes:
No static at all...
2017-09-29 03:31:41 PM  
5 votes:

hashtag.acronym: BullBearMS: If only it were possible to buy a well designed, inexpensive pocket radio.

Perhaps it could be something a man could walk around with.


It's my understanding that we now have the technology to make them quite small.

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With something like that, one could be taken straight to funkytown.
2017-09-29 09:33:27 AM  
2 votes:

BizarreMan: Merltech: 1. Most phones I know of can't receive FM unless you use headphones as an antenna. So they are useless anyway.

How would that work with EarPods, or whatever the hell they're called?


Here's an full explanation

An antennae is a metallic conductor. Headphones are insulated metal wire with a coil surrounding a magnet at one end and a thick metal jack at the other. It works as an antennae by picking up the energy in a radio wave, an oscillating electric current, and supplying it to a tuner.
2017-09-29 09:25:43 PM  
1 vote:

MythDragon: In other news, Apple to begin selling $399 FM chip accessory. But you will need to purchase an adapter for $39.99 and a dongle for $24.99. Also the FM chip accessory doesn't come with battery or power cord. That has to be purchased separately.


And it only plays the U2 channel.
2017-09-29 03:45:50 PM  
1 vote:
Got this on sale for 20 bucks.
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2 AAs and you are all set.
2017-09-29 01:23:57 PM  
1 vote:

facepalm.jpg: If you're thinking about announcing the start of a nuclear war, well, you only need to do that before the bombs fall.


-ALERT- Large scale ballistic missile launch carrying nuclear warheads detected. In 30 minutes you will either die very quickly, begin dying very slowly and painfully, or embark on a horroric adventure trying to survive in a post-civilization nuclear wasteland. Good luck. -ALERT-
2017-09-29 10:58:22 AM  
1 vote:

GreenAdder: It was a bold, brave, courageous, fearless choice to strip basic features from a phone.


Yeah, they should really add cassette tape support to the next iPhone. I would also love for it to be able to connect to my horse and carriage's gramophone system.
2017-09-29 10:48:10 AM  
1 vote:
It was a bold, brave, courageous, fearless choice to strip basic features from a phone.
2017-09-29 09:56:24 AM  
1 vote:

Merltech: BizarreMan: Merltech: 1. Most phones I know of can't receive FM unless you use headphones as an antenna. So they are useless anyway.

How would that work with EarPods, or whatever the hell they're called?

Here's an full explanation

An antennae is a metallic conductor. Headphones are insulated metal wire with a coil surrounding a magnet at one end and a thick metal jack at the other. It works as an antennae by picking up the energy in a radio wave, an oscillating electric current, and supplying it to a tuner.


The cellphone already has an antenna built into it.  From the standpoint of RF, you don't need to use the earphones as an antenna.  You can use the built-in antenna to receive FM, if they were built that way, but they don't do that because a couple of feet of earphone cord is actually a pretty good 1/4 wavelength antenna for that band:

234 (constant) / 100 MHz = 2.34 feet for a quarter wavelength.

Using the internal antenna that's also used for transmitting and receiving the cell and Wifi signals, along with receiving GPS and transmitting/receiving Bluetooth would absolutely work, it would just be a bit less efficient.
2017-09-29 09:06:07 AM  
1 vote:
Go$h why wouldn't the carrier$ want FM receiver$ in the phone$ u$ed on their network$?

/FM is the one thing I miss from using my HTC Thunderbolt
 
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