The head of the Federal communications Commission USA Ajit Pai demanded from Apple to activate the FM radio function in the iPhone. This is due to the recent incidents in the country, when due to hurricanes mobile connection was intermittent and practically the only way of communication between people was FM radio. Apple has commented on this issue. It turns out that in cupertinos Corporation has a solution to this problem.
“It’s impossible. IPhone models 7 and 8 do not have FM radioshow, and they have no antennas, designed to support FM signals,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior Vice President of worldwide marketing.
In other words, the latest models of iPhone at the hardware level does not support FM radio. But at the same time says nothing about older devices, like the iPhone 6S, which is still officially sold.
Experts believe that Apple is simply not interested in the fact that its products support FM radio, as it will negatively affect brand Apple Music service. The company also claims that its devices have a function of notification about emergency incidents.
According to the FCC, at the beginning of this year among the most popular smartphone models in the US, only 44% were active FM module. Approximately the same number of smartphones out of the box does not support this feature. It is noteworthy that 94% of these devices different models of the iPhone.