Apple Online Selling iPhone-Enabled Fender Strat Guitar

Monday November 12, 2012 9:55 AM PST by Jordan Golson
Apple has begun selling the iOS-enabled Fender Squier Strat guitar on its Online Store, adding to its collection of app-enabled accessories.

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The $199.95 guitar has USB and iOS connectivity built-in, designed to allow recording directly into GarageBand on the Mac, iPhone and iPad. The USB output on the guitar is a USB Mini-B and a USB-mini to 30-pin adapter is included in the box, meaning users with a Lightning port on their iOS devices will need a Lightning to 30-pin Adapter.

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. 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.
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Posted: 27 months ago

Um, Bluetooth, as well as wifi would offer lag in the low hundred MILISECOND range... Not enough time that the human ear would make much of distinction that there is lag. It is definitely a price/technology issue, NOT a lag issue...


You are obviously not a musician or involved in audio engineering in any way. Any latency above ten or twenty milliseconds is *quite* noticeable.

A hundred milliseconds of latency would make an instrument completely unusable.
Rating: 16 Votes
Posted: 27 months ago
buy a real strat
Rating: 11 Votes
Posted: 27 months ago

Nice Apple.
Just keep selling overpriced accessories for your intentionally obsoleted products, and wonder why your stock continues to dive.
The rest of us could use a good laugh. X'-D


You don't know what you're talking about.
Rating: 7 Votes
Posted: 27 months ago

Why is the guitar not rechargeable and piping signal out via a Bluetooth or wifi link?

Is there some technical reason that one in this day and age still has to schlepp around and be tethered to cables?


Because even the smallest bit of lag is unacceptable for a guitarist. Instant feedback is pretty much required when you're playing an instrument, especially if you're LEARNING to play that instrument.

Bluetooth would be bad enough. WiFi? Hah!
Rating: 6 Votes
Posted: 27 months ago

No Lightning adapter included? Nice...


Yeah, because they're totally authorized to sell/include those.:rolleyes:
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 27 months ago

Um, Bluetooth, as well as wifi would offer lag in the low hundred MILISECOND range... Not enough time that the human ear would make much of distinction that there is lag. It is definitely a price/technology issue, NOT a lag issue...


You'd be surprised what a musician hears.
Rating: 5 Votes
Posted: 27 months ago

I wouldn't pay for that, I'd rather use my Schecter and get one of those apps / devices so I can plug directly into it.


But for someone just beginning to play? That's what they're going for.

I paid $200 for my first bass. Had it been any more I wouldn't have gotten into it. The $200 price point is perfect for beginners.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 27 months ago

Um, Bluetooth, as well as wifi would offer lag in the low hundred MILISECOND range... Not enough time that the human ear would make much of distinction that there is lag. It is definitely a price/technology issue, NOT a lag issue...



"low hundred" milliseconds is too much when you are talking about music.
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 27 months ago

For the record, the article title is wrong. They are selling a Squier Strat, not a Fender Strat. This will be a guitar built by a third party guitar manufacturer (in China, natch) to Squier specs. There is nothing "Fender" about this guitar except Squier's use of the parent company's trademark body shape, headstock shape, pickguard design, etc.


Yeah seriously. Nothing built in China to a parent company's design could possibly be good...
Rating: 4 Votes
Posted: 27 months ago

buy a real strat


This sounds like a good beginner guitar.

My first electric guitar wasn't even as good as a Squier.

I would hate to buy a kid a real Strat only for them to lose interest in it, even if it is a used Mexistrat like mine that cost about $250.
Rating: 4 Votes

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