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Saturday, September 13, 2014

No, The iPhone 6 Doesn't Have FM


With much fanfare (and a system crash), Apple debuted the new, larger iPhone -- the iPhone 6 -- Tuesday, along with the Apple Watch, the tech behemoth's first venture into the smartwatch market. And, unfortunately but unsurprisingly, the feature-filled iPhone 6 and pricier iPhone 6 Plus do not include an active FM chip.

The iPhone 6 and 6 Plus include a new chip, fingerprint-based Touch ID, an 8-megapixel camera, and the iOS 8 operating system. They also boast faster wireless and increased battery life.

But even as NextRadio and TagStation gain momentum -- they'll surely be the focus of much attention at the Radio Show this week -- and FM chips are rolled out in more devices, little has been said about any sort of effort to get FM into iPhones. Apple, of course, runs iTunes and Apple Radio, and isn't likely to step up on FM without considerable consumer demand. Whether that will come from the company's still-fiercely loyal post-Steve Jobs fan base remains to be seen.

The Apple Watch, which requires an iPhone and is due early next year, offers Siri commands, messages and texting, a phone, e-mail push alerts, customizable watch faces, and various "Digital Touch" features. (But no radio.)

(9/10/2014 12:20:03 AM)
Too bad it doesn't have FM radio. Only reason I paid $150 for newer iPod was for FM radio. I already own an iPhone, iPad (2), & MacBook Pro. But I like to listen to FM radio in the stadium for Michigan State University Football games. WiFi is very iffy in the stadium, & my data package would not handle Fall broadcasts of 3.5 hrs of football for more than 1 game each month from a local station. Simple request from someone who spends a lot of $ w/Apple. This doesn't even count husband's devices.

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