iPhone 3,1 to have Broadcom BCM4329, 802.11N/5GHz Wireless, FM transmitter/receiver
Sun, 04/05/2009 - 04:56
" According to the fine folks over at AI, the soon-to-be-released iPhone 3,1 references the Broadcom BCM4329 wireless chip in the boot script. This is a significant upgrade over the current Broadcom BCM4325 for a number of reasons. As they pointed out, the component upgrade adds power savings and new support for 802.11n features, including the ability to find and join 5GHz networks.
But they neglected to mention that it also adds the ability to receive and send (the previous model could only receive) information through FM radio signals which theoretically could be used to broadcast sound into car stereos..without external adapters. It could also be used to pick up FM radio music, news and sports broadcasts on their iPhones and even, in August, on iPods. Currently the FM reciever is only used to pick up communications from the Nike+ peripheral.
MobileDevDesign points out:
" The BCM4329’s FM transmit capabilities enable consumers to stream music directly from their mobile devices to car stereos or home theater systems without special adapters or bulky cables. With the FM receiver, users can get real-time traffic information as well as music, news, and sports broadcasts on their mobile devices.
Apple has been known to disable some features on its iPhone/iPod chips (see Bluetooth on the iPod touch or A2DP on iPhone) so which features will be available from the outset are uncertain.
As the current iPhone models can recieve FM transmissions, Apple could theoretically enable "radio" functionality in an upcoming update. "
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