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Apple to unlock FM radio for iPhone and iPod Touch

According to various online sources Apple is preparing to release a firmware upgrade that will unlock the dormant FM radio functionality in the iPhone 3G/3GS and the 3rd generation iPod Touch.

At the moment these are rumours, but the mixed-format wireless chipsets that are featured in the iPhone and the latest iPod Touch, which provides both the WiFi and Bluetooth capability of the devices also feature FM radio capabilities.

It is expected that a simple firmware release will unlock the FM radio functionality for both the iPhone and the iPod Touch (3rd generation), just like it released the dormant Bluetooth functionality of the iPod Touch when iPhone OS 3.0 was released earlier this year.Whether Apple will unlock FM radio as an independent functionality and application on the iPhone 3GS and 3rd generation iPod Touch, or if it will just be integrated into the iPod player alongside choice of playlists, artist, and songs, is still unknown. Same goes for the actual capabilities of the radio functionality.

What could be interesting to see though is how Apple can integrate radio on the iPhone and iPod Touch with for example selling music through their iTunes Store. Perhaps the functionality will be there to be able to directly purchase and download a song you hear on the radio player through the iTunes Store while you are listening to it, a functionality that surely would be welcomed by most of us. It also opens up further opportunities for social media integration, taking Apple a step further in the social media direction that was partly introduced with the release of iTunes 9 back in September.

We will keep you posted on the latest developments around unlocking FM radio on the iPhone 3G/3GS and 3rd generation iPod Touch.

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4 Responses to "Apple to unlock FM radio for iPhone and iPod Touch"

  1. retry4 says:

    That would be great, it will probably be like the iPod nano FM tuner, but you could tag songs and buy them in iTunes. Or maybe they could put remonders of when your favorite song or show is on. One things fore sure, they will ad one to compete with campanies like microsoft, even though their CENTURIES BEHIND the iPod!

  2. dan says:

    I wonder if that means it will stream through the internet, or that they have been hiding a radio wave receiver this entire time. Since the bluetooth incident, I wouldn’t be surprised. Either way, I would probably get it.

  3. Bubba O'Reilly says:

    You could use an iPod to FM transmitter to share the sound from one iPod with other iPods.

    I want to see a a group of at least 100 people all wearing iPods and headphones doing the dance from Thriller in complete silence.

    FLASH MOB!!!!

  4. I am looking for iPhone 4 jailbreak and unlock. Is it out yet? All i see are iphone 3.1.3 3GS unlock.

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