You know Apple’s AirPlay? That magical technology everybody loves? Well guess what, it is about to get even better! A Japanese blog Macotakar (via AppleInsider) reports that Apple held a MFI conference in Shezen, China earlier this week. “MFI” is Apple’s Made for iPod / iPhone / iPad certification program for accessory manufacturers.
Apparently, during the talk, Apple reportedly revealed that they would be release a new certification chip for MFi devices that will allow future AirPlay products to connect via Bluetooth 4.0. As of right now, Apple’s AirPlay can only be used via a WiFi network, but the new chip will allow access to iOS devices over AirPlay, Bluetooth, and WiFi. The current program seems to be limited to physical dock accessories and specific AirPlay vendors.
In fact, the low power consumption of Bluetooth 4.0 makes it an attractive data transfer option to WiFi for battery operated devices. MacRumors has a fantastic profile on the possibilities for Bluetooth Low Energy.
Currently, only the iPhone 4S, Mac Mini and MacBook Air offer Bluetooth 4.0, while remaining Bluetooth-capable Apple products have chips using version 2.1 of the protocol. Back in June, Apple, the world’s most valuable tech company, was nominated to the Bluetooth Special Interest Group board of directors; the organization oversees the development and standards of the wireless technology.