Next-Gen iPhone to have FM transmitter/receiver

According to AI, the soon-to-be-released iPhone 3.0 and 3rd-Generation iPod touch will support for a new chip enabling low power 802.11n, including the ability to find and join 5GHz networks.


The version of the existing Broadcom chip that supplies WiFi and Bluetooth on existing models jumps from BCM4325 model to BCM4329 model.

Existing iPhone and iPod touch models only support 5GHz 802.11a networks, or 2.4GHz 802.11b/g networks, forcing users who want the top speed of 802.11n (available on all MacBooks) but compatibility with 802.11b/g networks (to use the existing iPhone) to set up a 2.4GHz compatible network. That compromise forces the wireless network to deal with interference from other networks on the often crowded 2.4GHz band.

But wait there’s more! The next-gen iPhone will have full FM transmission and reception capabilities via the new Broadcom chip:

The BCM4329 includes both FM transmit and receive capabilities. FM transmit enables consumers to stream music directly from a personal media players (PMPs) or mobile phone to car stereos or home theater systems without having to purchase special adapters or use bulky cables. FM receive is already a popular feature that enables consumers to obtain real-time traffic information as well as listen to music, news and sports broadcasts on their mobile phones.

So we should be expecting radio functionality in an upcoming update.