Belkin intros first 3.0-compatible iPhone add-on

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in iPhone edited January 2014
On Thursday, Belkin announced its new TuneCast Auto Live FM transmitter with an accompanying ClearScan Live app. The device is the first made to support iPhone OS 3.0, which now allows an iPhone or iPod touch to control a connected hardware accessory.



The transmitter gives owners control of which FM station to use through software on the iPhone itself instead of through the accessory alone. It also uses the iPhone?s GPS capabilities to locate free stations based on fellow users' submissions.



The ability for apps to interface with third-party hardware was revealed when the iPhone 3.0 firmware was announced in March. The firmware was promised to be released this summer, and with Apple?s notice to developers requiring all apps to be compatible with 3.0 several weeks ago and the annual Worldwide Developer?s Conference taking place next week, the final release of the firmware is expected soon.



The transmitter will be available in early fall for $80, while the app itself will be free on the App Store once the peripheral is available.



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  • Reply 1 of 2
    chris_cachris_ca Posts: 2,543member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by AppleInsider View Post


    It also uses the iPhone?s GPS capabilities to locate free stations based on fellow users' submissions.



    All FM stations are free. The feature you are describing is to locate the best, clear frequency (not station) the FM transmitter will use to transmit to your radio.

    From the Belkin press release...

    http://www.belkin.com/pressRoom/rele...tAutoLive.html

    "Activate ClearScan and utilize the GPS capabilities of the iPhone to identify the clearest FM frequencies, based on geographical data as well as results from other TuneCast Auto users in the same geographical area. "
  • Reply 2 of 2
    solipsismsolipsism Posts: 25,726member
    Quote:
    Originally Posted by Chris_CA View Post


    All FM stations are free. The feature you are describing is to locate the best, clear frequency (not station) the FM transmitter will use to transmit to your radio.

    From the Belkin press release...



    Perhaps not the best choice of words but when they wrote ?free? they meant clear of any frequency interruptions/free of any frequency interruptions.
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