Fender Release First iPhone-Enabled Guitar

artist: Fender date: 11/14/2012 category: industry news

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Fender Release First iPhone-Enabled Guitar
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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