FCC asks Apple to activate the iPhone’s hidden FM radio to aid public safety
FCC chairman Ajit Pai wants Apple to turn on the FM radio that’s hidden inside of every iPhone. In a statement today, he asked that Apple “reconsider its position, given the devastation wrought by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.” The FM radio, he said, can be used to receive “life-saving information” during disasters.
Apple said Pai’s request wasn’t possible for its newest phones. “iPhone 7 and iPhone 8 models do not have FM radio chips in them nor do they have antennas designed to support FM signals, so it is not possible to enable FM reception in these products,” an Apple spokesperson said in a statement. Apple seemed to indicate that it had no plans to enable FM radio on older phones either, saying that the iPhone already includes other safety features.
Screw Ajit Pai. He’s the former telecom industry employee who is now dismantling net neutrality to make his former bosses even richer than they were before. That guy is a huge cocksucker, actively trolling people who actually want their privacy protected and not have corporate interests put ahead of the users. Anything that guy wants, I say don’t give it to him. Fuck him.