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- Jun 18, 2010
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AppleInsider reports that in the wake of the huge humanitarian disasters caused by recent hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), Ajit Pai, has once again pleaded with Apple to activate the FM radios that are said to be secreted away inside every iPhone.
“Apple is the one major phone manufacturer that has resisted doing so,” said Pai in a statement today. Apple’s main rivals, such as Samsung, Motorola, and LG, have all activated the FM chips in their phones.
Pai goes on to explain why these FM chips are so important when it comes to natural disasters. “When wireless networks go down during a natural disaster, smartphones with activated FM chips can allow Americans to get vital access to life-saving information. I applaud those companies that have done the right thing by activating FM chips in their phones.”
Apple has made no comment as to why it has yet to turn on the FM chips, but AppleInsider notes that it could be simply that the company is unable to activate the FM chips in its iPhones without altering its designs significantly, especially bearing in mind that the iPhone no longer even has a headphone jack. It could also probably do without Pai, who is up for reconfirmation by the Senate very soon, singling the company out in such a public way.
Source: FCC chairman urges Apple to activate FM radios in iPhones in light of recent disasters