Why is there still no TV or Radio?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by isoMorpheus, Jul 29, 2007.

  1. isoMorpheus Guest

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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.
     
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  3. ~J~ macrumors 6502

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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.
     
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    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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  5. ~J~ macrumors 6502

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    Ah, that would be cool... so why dont we have that?!
     
  6. kdarling macrumors demi-god

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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.)
     
  7. ~J~ macrumors 6502

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    ...and our excuse for being 10 years behind with this is what, again?!
     
  8. Clix Pix macrumors demi-goddess

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    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?
     
  9. eescabar macrumors newbie

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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???
     
  10. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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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.
     
  11. JPyre macrumors 6502

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    Here's the reasons...

    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.
     
  12. dukeblue91 macrumors 65816

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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:
     
  13. bretm macrumors 68000

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    It does all that and more!... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1xXNoB3t8vM
     
  14. balamw Moderator

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    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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