The Telegraph reports that Apple is planning to announce an improvement for its AirPlay audio and video streaming technology during its widely rumored September 12th event. The September 12th event is rumored to be for the revelation of the next generation iPhone. According to people with familiar matter, the so called “AirPlay Direct” tech will require only an iOS device and compatible audio equipment for music streaming. The new AirPlay technology would not need the current need of a W-Fi network to stream music.
Sources familiar with the iPhone-maker’s plans said that Apple wants to improve the AirPlay wireless music streaming technology, which currently requires Airplay speakers and a WiFi network. The new version will require just speakers or a hifi and an iDevice; the iPhone, iPod or iPad would form its own network to allow a direct connection and music playback.
Though details remain vague, it is assumed that AirPlay Direct will create an ad hoc connection with support audio units. Apple’s AirPlay technology allows users to easily stream audio and video using the company’s own encoding tools. Yesterday, it was also reported that the next generation iPhone is not expected to support NFC.
The Telegraph also expects Apple to promote AirPlay Direct as a replacement to the hardware connection on many iPhone/iPod docks. This would allow playback of music wirelessly from device to receiver.