Apple’s wireless AirPlay music streaming technology was first launched back in 2010. Since then it has proven to be quite popular with Apple fans. According to the Telegraph, Apple might be gearing up to announce a new version, called AirPlay Direct, possibly at the September 12 event where it is expected that Apple will announce the new iPhone.
Right now, users need AirPlay speakers and a Wi-Fi network to use this feature. AirPlay Direct would need only speakers or a hi-fi device to work. This means users would be able to stream music to certified devices without needing a Wi-Fi network (kinda sounds like Bluetooth).
AirPlay Direct is supposedly a working title and could change. If these rumors are true, you would be able to stream music from your iPhone to a speaker system at the park or anywhere else that doesn’t have access to a Wi-Fi network.
Apple is also expected to change the iPod connector size often used on speaker docks, with more of a push on AirPlay streaming so that iPods don’t have to be connected to stream music.
As with everything else, we’ll have to wait until September 12 to find out if AirPlay Direct is really in the works.