Radio? It’s in there

Just a quick observation on the September 9, 2009 announcement by Apple that the new iPod Nano will have an FM Radio tuner.

(A radio that can pause, it needs to be noted).

An FM radio has been a feature that iPod users have wanted for years. It is also a feature that is waiting for the iPhone.

Back when the 2009 version of the iPhone was released, the site ifixit did their “what’s inside” look.

And the folks at phonewreck did an analysis of the logic board on the iphone.

If you look at the block diagram, the lower left hand part of the image, the chip marked “Wi-FI and Bluetooth Tranceiver” also happens to have an FM tuner built in. In the iPhone, on the logic board.

It’s in there.

Now for those of us hoping for HD Radio in an iPhone or iPod the way it is in the new Zune, that may well come another day. But just 76 years after Edwin H. Armstrong invented FM, it’s in an iPod. And the chip for it is in “the phone.”


About sehanley

Musician, journalist, teacher, technologist, consultant & former NPR station manager. A media and entertainment professional, journalist, entrepreneur, technology advocate, educator, student, mentor, manager, and media, musical and theatrical performer. Voice talent and coach for music and spoken word. I also act and sing (mostly jazz, but a lot of experience with choral, classical and musical theater, too). Brass instruments, too, but my AF ofM card lapsed years ago. Heard on the national jazz service, PubJazz, and in the Pittsburgh market on WZUM/Pittsburgh Jazz Channel. I also teach college level courses in media and journalism. I managed the leading NPR/public radio station in Pittsburgh, PA for 16 years, a few years later was GM of the NPR station WBHM in Birmingham, AL. I served for six very busy years on the NPR Board of Directors and have done much volunteer service for national and local organizations in the communities I have been privileged to live and work in. Former NPR Board Member, former President of the Pittsburgh Radio Organization, sometime musician, relentless technology advocate. Opinions expressed are not the viewpoints of any employer or affiliation past or present.
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One Response to Radio? It’s in there

  1. Scott Hanley says:

    By the way, as of 2009, the iPod "Touch" had the same Broadcom chip – with FM – and the rumor last October was that apple was going to, maybe, allow it to turn on…,news-4855.html

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