Apple Inc.(NASDAQ:AAPL) wants to improve the AirPlay wireless music streaming technology, Matt Warman, Consumer Technology Editor of the Telegraph, U.K. writes.
The new version will require speakers or a hifi and any of its devices such as the iPhone, iPod or iPad would form their own network to allow a direct connection and music playback. The move is expected to be announced at the launch of the new iPhone, he added.
The new iPhone is expected to be unveiled on September 12, at an event hosted by the company.
The Cupertino company has not signed off any specific products yet and ‘Airplay Direct’ is a working title rather than a definite name.
Warman said that Apple is also expected to combine a change in size for the iPod connector, used widely on docks, with a new push for Airplay streaming. “This means docks will no longer require the iPod to be physically connected, bringing them into line with Android docks, which usually use Bluetooth for music playback.”
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At present Apple’s Airplay allows iPods, iPhones and iPads to play music directly to speakers that include the company’s proprietary chip, and claims to offer improved functionality over conventional speakers that can connect to phones or computers via Bluetooth.
The existing iPod dock connector has been in use for a long time now ever since the third generation 2003 iPods, and its size has become a limiting factor for its newer devices and upgraded versions of its products.
The move to a smaller connector has been expected for several months, and will coincide with the push to Airplay. Without the ability to form a network, however, Airplay’s use would be limited, so the new AirPlay Direct standard is an essential part of the device's improved functionality, Warman said