As residents of South Florida recover from Hurricane Irma The Sun Sentinel has published an editorial that the radio industry is going to love. The paper is calling on Apple CEO Tim Cook to activate the FM Chips that are inside Apple’s iPhones. The paper said Apple’s resistance on this issue is unacceptable. Apple refuses to flip the switch that would allow the iPhone to work like an FM radio, which would have been very helpful for many people who lost power during Irma.
The paper slammed Apple for paying more attention to profit, rather than safety. “No company’s bottom line should stand in the way of Floridians receiving life-saving information. Given our nation’s dependence on cell phones, the smartphone’s FM switch is a public safety issue. If Cuba can make manufacturers flip the switch, surely we can. If Apple refuses to switch, Congress must act. And given the communications black hole created by Irma, Florida’s congressional delegation should take the lead.”
The paper called on Cook to do the right thing. “Flip the switch. Lives depend on it. Our app and streaming addictions won’t disappear if we have the option of listening to FM radio. That’s why our earbuds are plugged into an iPhone, not a Walkman. We paid for these radio chips when we bought our pricey Apple phones. It’s time to let us turn them on.”