Why is there still no TV or Radio?

isoMorpheus

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What is stopping Apple from putting TV and Radio capabilities on the phone?

Wouldn't you guys want that as well, and I'm not talking about TV and Radio from the internet, I am talking about the traditional ones,which would come in handy if, you know, when there is an earthquake or something.
 

balamw

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Also, the Edge network doesnt have enough bandwidth to support even just all the iPhone users streaming data, its too slow - which is unfortunate.
The OP was referring to "traditional" TV/radio which would not share the network bandwidth, but would require separate antennas and radio receivers, and are not universal, i.e. what works in the US doesn't necessarily work in Europe or anywhere else. (What with NTSC vs. PAL and FM vs digital terrestrial radio, etc...).

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kdarling

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Yep, I've always wanted a converged TV, radio, PDA, browser, phone.

With DVB and other current technologies, battery life is fine... over five hours continuous TV watching, for instance, on a phone. It doesn't use carrier bandwidth, btw.

Mobile TV is becoming standard in some countries.

Heck, Korea has had mobile TV from a satellite for years now. For that matter, even poor old Vietnam has adopted mobile TV standards.

Check out this unit that just arrived in Japan... it has TV:

Sophia Nani

(And no, it's not an iPhone killer as they say. People just use that phrase to get attention to their blogs.)
 

Clix Pix

macrumors demi-goddess
What is stopping Apple from putting TV and Radio capabilities on the phone?

Wouldn't you guys want that as well, and I'm not talking about TV and Radio from the internet, I am talking about the traditional ones,
Hm.....no. I am perfectly happy getting radio in my car (when I am not playing my iPod) and as for TV....well, I don't watch it much at home, why would I want it on my iPhone when I'm out and about?
 

eescabar

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Jun 29, 2007
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battery life, size, and the fact that apple supports a competing model for accessing video and music... what's this radio thing I keep hearing so much about anyway???
 

Rodimus Prime

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Oct 9, 2006
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I have been asking the same question about the iPod for years. I really would like the iPod to have a built in FM radio.
 

JPyre

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Mar 28, 2005
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Here's the reasons...

Jon Rubinstein, head of the iPod division added that, in Apple's experience, customers just don't want radios on their iPods. "Believe it or not, we don't get a lot of requests from customers" for a radio, he said. "We're very hesitant to add new features unless we feel a significant portion of the customer base want it."
Jobs also addressed questions on features that some of Apple’s competitors are offering in their MP3 players, like having a radio tuner built-in.

“We don’t get a lot of customers asking for it,” he said.

Jobs also warned of the challenge of offering extra features just for the sake of it, saying. “We are very careful about what features we add because we can’t take them away.”
I'm quite content w/o radio, FM is a dieing technology, it'd have to be HD radio if anything and/or sat, which means it won't happen.
iPod has proved for years that tech features are not what makes it sell, its simple ease of use, iPhone will stick to this model and keep it simple yet amazing.
 

dukeblue91

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I really don't see a need for those two features.
There is nothing worth watching on over the air TV.
And as far as radio, what's the point as you can have your own music without commercials.

But it would be nice if the iPhone could be used as a Microwave or at least a Toaster. :rolleyes:
 

balamw

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Mobile TV is becoming standard in some countries.
Unfortunately not (yet) in the US, and not a standard as in widely interoperable from country to country.

Heck, we can't even complete our transition to digital TV here in the US. It keeps getting pushed back.

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