iPad 2 to have FM radio?

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  1. whocaresit macrumors 6502a

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    It seems like a very good possibility.

    Apple had similar plans in the past.
    Eventually they released the iPod nano with FM radio. iPad 2 up next?
     
  2. benhollberg macrumors 68020

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    Even though all the radio stations I listen to I can on an app, an AM radio would be better for me.
     
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  4. Tunster macrumors 6502

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    The OP means a built in FM reciever, not the radio app TuneIn Radio. I wouldn't mind this feature or DAB. At least I wouldn't have to eat up my 3G or Wi-Fi data.
     
  5. smithrh macrumors 68020

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    Now that I think of it, I've never tried out my iPod remote/FM radio into my iPad....

    I suppose it'll just say it's an unsupported accessory anyways, but now I'm off to see if I can't find it (haven't used it in ages) and give it a whirl...
     
  6. Crosbie macrumors 6502a

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    The suspense is killing me.
     
  7. cmaier macrumors G3

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    Heh heh. No chance any i-device will ever have an FM receiver.
     
  8. baypharm macrumors 65816

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    Perhaps it will. Maybe not. I hope not. I haven't listened to FM in years.
     
  9. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    The radio broadcasters are trying to push the FCC into requiring that all cell phones be required to receive FM broadcasts. Whether or not this will happen is another matter.
     
  10. cmaier macrumors G3

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    Of course they're trying, because no one will listen to FM radio otherwise. It won't happen.
     
  11. benhollberg macrumors 68020

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    I thought the 2009 model iPod nano had an FM radio?
     
  12. cmaier macrumors G3

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    I'm talking ipad/ipod touch/iphone, not the disposable toys.
     
  13. azentropy macrumors 68000

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    Umm, no. About the same chance that it will have a yellow propeller that pops out the top.
     
  14. appleobserver macrumors newbie

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    Who cares if the ipad2 will have F.M or not as,there's an app for that!
     
  15. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    As others pointed out above, an app would require you to have 3G/wi-fi connection. An app isn't going to work if you have neither wi-fi nor 3G. The question was an FM radio chip and ability to use it. I actually listen to FM in my car since it's too much of a hassle to get out the iPod Touch and hook it to the system.
     
  16. iPhoneCollector macrumors 6502a

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    that would be awesome. i would be able to fly with it.
     
  17. elan123 macrumors 6502

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    come on man...
     
  18. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

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    Even when I'm within range of the station I often listen to my favorite stations streaming on my iPhone as the signal is better.

    AM radio won't happen in a computerized device. For technical reasons related to how AM radio works computers put out RF that interferes with AM reception.

    Try holding a small, portable AM radio next to your computer and tune around the stations.
     
  19. Michael CM1 macrumors 603

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    I doubt it considering Apple usually makes things that look forward, not backward. Most FM stations worth a darn put Web streams online. About the only good reason I can see behind this is situations like Web blackouts. Like you can listen to the University of Georgia football broadcasts on an FM station out of Atlanta, but the broadcast is blacked out on every station on the Internet. It's seven layers of crap because UGA doesn't even have something you can pay for to listen to the broadcast on mobile devices. I don't know whether it's the school or conference, but I really want to smack whomever made that decision with a floppy disk.
     
  20. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    There are many places where wi-fi is not available or locked. In the town I live in in West Suburban Boston, unlocked wi-fi is very hard to find. You can't walk around town listening to anything over wi-fi.
     
  21. DukeOfHunslet macrumors member

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    FM ?

    I think not.

    FM is scheduled to be 'phased out' here in GB.

    To be replaced by DAB. I have a DAB clock radio iPhone dock. Ace.

    Why not fit the iPad with a gramophone while your at it?
     
  22. whocaresit thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Don't think it will become obsolete in US any time soon.
     
  23. BubbaMc macrumors regular

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    Sound quality is infinitely better from a dedicated analog FM receiver.
     
  24. AppleScruff1 macrumors G3

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    That's Mondays front page MR news.
     
  25. VPrime macrumors 68000

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    The iPhone already has an fm receiver, it is part of th blutooth chip I think. There is just no software to make use of it.
    I think the iPad has it as well.
     

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