As Apple Defined … nicely, explains, in an enlightening 2 minute video, iPhones have been really included FM tuners previous to the iPhone 7. On the time, Apple sourced their wi-fi/Bluetooth chipset from Broadcom. On the time, Broadcom included a radio tuner. It fell to Apple so as to add a easy circuitry improve that will have made the tuner practical on iOS.
This, they didn’t do. Per Apple Defined, the choice to not embody a radio tuner app in earlier iPhones and to nix the radio transmitter fully in later builds had much less to do with engineering than, for lack of a greater phrase, vibes. Terrestrial radio is previous expertise: native, range-limited, with various levels of high quality management. That is not the Apple provide. Apple works arduous to ship a clean, seamless, futuristic person expertise with minimal buyer intervention and most stability throughout fashions and borders. Radio could not stay as much as that, so it had no place on iOS.