Patently Apple reports that Apple has patented a Radio App.
“A new patent application was granted by the US Patent and Trademark Office which covers Apple’s intentions of finally bringing radio to iPhone via AM, FM and Satellite signals. In this case it’s a unique radio station mapping function that acts as an alternative to a straight scrolling list of radio stations. This could actually be very handy when you’re on the road, instead of using your in-vehicle radio roaming feature to find new stations, the proposed iPhone radio station mapping app would simply layout the stations visually for you to choose from – all at one time. It’s a quick and easier solution. Apple’s patent also hints of releasing a radio peripheral card for MacBooks.”
As you can see in the image above the iPhone mockup on the right is displaying your traditional radio app with presets and song info. The image on the left is where things get interesting. As you can see the iPhone on the left is displaying a map with your location along with all the nearby radio towers.
Apple’s patent is incredible and if it actually comes to life this will be amazing for people constantly searching for good radio strength.