Fender Release First iPhone-Enabled Guitar

Even Apple is selling the new Fender Squire Strat which connects straight to iOS devices via USB. Is it a recording revolution, or does it dumb down the art of making music? Let us know what you think here.

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Fender has released a new guitar which can connect straight to iOS devices without needing a separate audio interface.

The iOS-enabled Fender Squire Strat has even been added to the official Apple store, where it costs $200.

It features its own built-in iOS interface, which lets you record straight into apps like Garage Band via a USB input - though if you're rocking the newest iOS devices with the smaller Lightning port, you'll need a special adaptor.

It can also connect to desktop Macs, should you choose to record into the OS X version of Garage Band.

"The Squier by Fender Stratocaster guitar offers bi-directional audio streaming and includes a high-quality headphone amp so that you can monitor the processed guitar signal right from the guitar itself," reads a press release. "Thanks to the guitar's own audio interface, you can record audio straight to your iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, or Mac-no additional hardware needed. And the analog output means you're also free to use this as a standard guitar."

Watch the demo video here to see the new Fender Squire Strat in action:

What do you think? Is this dumbing down guitar playing too far, or is it a milestone in the history of guitar production? Share your opinion in the comments.

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    Or you use the money you bought the iPhone with to buy a real Fender.
    Could go both ways. It'd be cool if you download an amp app, plug in the headphones, and jam out.
    Don't they already have some app and addapter for this that works with any guitar?
    thats what i thought. just trying to make more money they are.
    yes and the adapter only cost like 25. This would be a huge waste of money
    But that adapter is not USB, probably. The Apogee Jam is a bit more expensive, but indeed it works with every guitar that has a jack-output.
    Cool, as long as the guitar isn't complete crap.
    That's kinda what pisses me off these days, they'll come up with an interesting idea, but put it in a first act or a Squier, so any usefulness it may have had is now pointless anyways.
    Or they'll come up with an interesting idea and pt it in a guitar so expensive that you have to sell your daughter to Croatian human traffickers to buy it. Yeah, I'm talking about you, Gibson Robot guitar.
    Americans.. talking shit about Croatia but i bet couldn't locate Europe on the map. Hell, probably couldn't locate USA!
    Where did the insults against America come from? Nowhere in this comment-thread did anyone say where they are from, yet you insult America? How does that make any sense?
    I'm from America..... And I just kinda pictured the comment coming from an American!! LOL. Probably a guy driving a big truck who is pissed that President Obama won the election Just my imagination, no actual judgement is being passed here.
    Insults against Americans came from insults against Croatians.. you could have connected that yourself.. I agree with Downfall93 btw
    I think they're just putting it in a more affordable model to see if it attracts customers and if there are any major complaints with the interface. If it catches on, we'll probably start seeing better models of guitars with this technology.
    But it never gets a chance to catch on because anyone who could really take advantage of the technology knows better than to buy the the shitty hardware that it's accompanied by, so the purpose is totally defeated.
    Pretty sure the article said Squier so ... yeah, the guitar is complete crap.
    Squier =/= bad guitars
    for the most part, yes it does.
    No, not really. A lot of the new squires (the $300 ones) are pretty good. Replace the tuners and the nuts, and thats a decent guitar. The electronics haven't been completely horrible. If you get an Affinity or bullet model, though, you get what you pay for.
    My first Affinity Strat actually comes out of tune if I lean it in any way. If I lean it forward or backward, it goes flat or sharp, respectively. The guitar is THAT kind of total crap. I am so glad I have my spalted Tele now...
    Like I said, if you replace the tuners and nuts, it won't go out of tune nearly as much. I did that on a Vintage Modified Jazzmaster, and it's probably one of the best guitars I've played in a while. I have no problem playing it alongside my Gibsons.
    It's actually a neck problem. The joint is loose, even when the screws are as tight as can be without cracking the wood. I don't know how, but that's the way it is. I have to keep it perfectly still. Using the tremolo is not an option. Like i said: total crap.
    I don't know what to tell you. I guess maybe I'm lucky and haven't run into those probllems yet. As I stated, I love the sound of those Vintage Modified Squires, and after putting on a decent set of locking tuners and a new nut, it's got almost perfect intonation. The neck is a whole other issue though.
    It used to play just fine. It might have been my switch to really-heavy .13 strings, keeping standard-tuning. The truss rod got messed up when I kept it at that kind of high-tension for months at a time (usually just as an emergency backup), and now the neck is all warped, no longer fitting into the pocket correctly. Even after my local guitar-tech tightened it, the truss-rod was a POS. --- With those ultra-high gauge strings, I can definitely say that I am primarily a rhythm player. I should have worked on my lead playing...
    To be honest, for $200 you could just buy yourself an interface and a few decent amp sims that would sound a LOT better than this.
    Maximus Rogue
    Should have made this for droid phones, way more possibilities and less restrictions.
    The problem is, that there's so many different brands of droid, using different connectors, that it would be near impossible to cover all bases, which i suppose is one advantage of IOS kit. I do agree though, i'd love a good interface and DAW for droid. Even if it's just proper USB Audio capability so i can use my current interface. Liam
    Why the **** would giving people more convenient ways of recording themselves be "dumbing down" guitar playing?
    Because for many people playing guitar is still having the guitar, an amp and fun. That's all it is. I hate apple devices and I don't believe I can quite get the right tone out of an iPhone but something as simple as this would be just great for recording if it doesn't destroy the sound quality.
    buy a $30 Rocksmith Tone Cable and you can do exactly the same thing with ANY guitar.
    Unfortunately the Tone Cable isn't known for lifespan or reliability. I've tried, it kinda sucks.
    So get a 1/4" female to female coupler, tape it to the table or whatever, plug the Rocksmith cable in one side and any normal instrument cable in the other. Problem solved.