Apple to Release FM Radio Application for iPhone

This speculation seems to fit in with Apple’s switching on of the Bluetooth functionality inside the second-gen iPod Touch with the 3.0 software update, but the rumor then gets a little weird: the holdup on this app is that Apple is trying to integrate the Mobile iTunes Store purchases into the functionality of the program, Wired News reports.

It was also reported, NPR News 1.2 for iPhone and iPod touch boasts "32 improvements," including the ability to tune in live for breaking news and other special coverage. If live coverage is happening when you start the app, you'll be prompted to tune in. You will also see "On Air" badges next to some shows on the Programs tab.

Other ares of NPR News have received some TLC, including an improved story layout, captions when expanding images, and better audio streaming quality in low-bandwidth situations. Sharing is also no longer just for individual news stories, as users can now share program episodes via e-mail, Twitter, and Facebook.

NPR says it is listening intently to user feedback for this app. It also says version 1.3 is already in the works, and that Push Notifications for live coverage are on the way, Macworld reports.

News aencies also report, the iPhone 3GS and the latest iPod touch also have dormant FM transmitter capabilities, which could be used to broadcast sound into car stereos. However, enabling such capabilities would make obsolete the bunch of FM transmitter accessories already available in the iPhone ecosystem, PC World reports.

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