FCC calls on Apple to boost public safety

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FCC calls on Apple to boost public safety. Gray Hall reports during Action News at 6 a.m. on September 30, 2017. (WPVI)

The Federal Communications Commission is calling on Apple to increase public safety in natural disasters.

The agency says Apple can activate chips in iPhones that are able to pick up FM radio signals.

Activating the chips could provide vital information to places that have otherwise lost communication, like much of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria.

The FCC says Apple is the only major manufacturer that showed resistance to the request.

Apple responded by saying that newer model iPhones don't support the feature.

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