Recently the FCC asked Apple to activate the FM chip included in the iPhone, since this can be very useful to inform the information in cases of emergency where the internet is not available.
Apple responded to the FCC’s lawsuit by saying that the iPhone 7, iPhone 8, and iPhone X do not have FM radio chips, or antennas designed to support FM, so it was not possible to magically activate FM radio on these. devices.
However, it has been suggested that Apple should at least activate the FM chip in older iPhones. In other words, from the iPhone 6S backwards.
Once again, Apple replied that if older iPhones like the iPhone 6S and iPhone 6 have FM radio, they do not have the antennas designed to support FM signals, so it is not possible to activate FM reception on iPhones. older.
According to Apple’s own engineers, no iPhone was designed to have an FM radio, and there is no “switch” or software update that can activate it. It is a complete technical error to think that it is possible.
So if you were wondering why Apple doesn’t enable FM radio on older iPhones, then I hope we answered your question.
In fact, older iPhone users know that the FM radio chip cannot be activated in any way. And we know this because from the beginning it was one of the most popular requests in the jailbreaker community and it was clear that it was not possible.
If you want to listen to FM radio on your iPhone, I recommend that you take a look at applications such as TuneIn Radio.
Now, the million dollar question is: Why did all smartphones come with FM radio before and now it is a rarity? Well, I suppose that for the same reason that they continue to sell us useless functionalities such as wireless charging as useful.
The FM radio function can be very useful as users can get important updates and information even when wireless networks go down during a natural disaster. And personally I prefer to have FM radio than animojis or “wireless charging”.
Should the iPhone have FM radio? If when? Well, unless it is a legal obligation, I think it will never happen.