FCC chairman asks Apple to activate FM radio chips in iPhones2017-09-28 16:19 by Daniela
Tags: FCC, iPhone, FM
FCC chairman Ajit Pai asked Apple to turn on the disabled FM radio chips within its iPhones. In his statement to the company he said that the FM radio can be used to receive "life-saving information" during disasters.
"I hope the company will reconsider its position, given the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria," Pai said in a statement. "That’s why I am asking Apple to activate the FM chips that are in its iPhones. It is time for Apple to step up to the plate and put the safety of the American people first."
"When wireless networks go down during a natural disaster, smartphones with activated FM chips can allow Americans to get vital access to life-saving information," Chairman Pai said in a statement.
Usually, most smartphones have the ability to stream local FM radio stations directly. Chipmakers like Qualcomm and Intel have long baked FM radio tuners into the chips that enable Wi-Fi and cellular connectivity in iPhones and other handsets.
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