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Apple’s (NASDAQ:AAPL) rumored September 12 event may also see the launch of a new AirPlay feature that lets users stream audio directly to HiFi units or speakers without a Wi-Fi network. The new technology, called AirPlay Direct as a “working title”, will require only an Apple device and compatible audio equipment for music streaming, according to a report in the The Telegraph in the U.K.
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At the moment, Apple’s AirPlay is a wireless sharing protocol based on RTSP technology that allows for the streaming of audio and video using the company’s encoding tools. AirPlay can stream audio and video content wirelessly to a number of supported devices like stereos, receivers and the Apple TV.
The launch will reportedly come alongside that of the next-generation iPhone.
At the same event, Apple could also introduce a change in size for the iPod dock connector with a push for Airplay streaming. “This means docks will no longer require the iPod to be physically connected, bringing them into line with [Google] (NASDAQ:GOOG) Android docks, which usually use BlueTooth for music playback,” the report says.
While the current iPod dock connector has been in use since Apple launched the third-generation 2003 iPods, Apple has been largely expected to move to a smaller connector for its mobile devices soon.
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