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AirPlay to Allow Wireless Streaming Without Wi-Fi in Coming Update?

Apple iPad Stream movies and music wirelessly with AirPlay

The Telegraph is reporting that Apple plans to upgrade their AirPlay audio and video technology used to transmit data. This upgrade would allow for the streaming of audio and video to mobile devices directly without the need of a Wi-Fi connection.

The report suggests that “AirPlay Direct” will be announced on September 12th, alongside Apple’s other offerings- including the much-rumored next-generation iPhone. Instead of me repeating what the report said, here’s an excerpt:

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.

To sum everything up, this report expects Apple to pitch the upgrade as a replacement for hardware connections, such as docks, and facilitate wireless playback of content from one device to a receiver.

To me, this would be a great improvement as my home Wi-Fi connection isn’t holding up well. That is, for instance, I cannot wirelessly sync my iOS devices over my Wi-Fi connection without borking the entire network and having to reset the router. Yes, it’s an old Linksys router that I need to upgrade, but still, another way to transmit data over AirPlay would be nice for others in a similar situation as me.

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  • Mat Pancha

    Maybe I’m missing something – but Apple’s trying to make Airplay do what the DLNA protocol already does?

    AIrplay never made sense to me as a strategy given DLNA’s existence and proven ability – removing the wifi network from it, I’m excited about, but makes Airplay make even less sense.