Latest scuttlebutt says Apple is working on a new breed of AirPlay.
It's widely-believed that Apple's as-yet-unconfirmed September 12 event is going to bring us a brand new iPhone. However, it seems the company may have something else up its sleeve for us a fortnight from today. According to the latest rumors, the Cupertino-based company is also working on a new iteration of AirPlay.
Announced in 2010 as a progression from Apple's AirTunes technology, AirPlay allows you to stream music and other media files to another device in your house. However, this new version of AirPlay will apparently allow you to do this even if your devices are not on the same WiFi network. The rumor stems from a report in the Telegraph, which cites sources familiar with Apple's plans that say this new tool will be called AirPlay Direct.
According to the Telegraph's sources, while the old version of AirPlay required WiFi and a set of AirPlay speakers, the new version will only require speakers or a high and either your iPod, iPhone or iPad. AirPlay Direct will supposedly be announced alongside the iPhone 5 (or 'the new iPhone' as many believe it will be called) but it's said that 'AirPlay Direct' is not the finalized name for the streaming technology.
Naturally, Apple is refusing to comment. Luckily, we're only 14 days away from finding out for sure. Stay tuned!