One of the iPhone/iPad’s best features is AirPlay. The ability to play music, mirror your display or stream video to an Apple TV set or compatible speaker system is incredibly handy. That said, having to use your wireless network as a middle man is a little cumbersome to say the least. Thankfully, Apple is allegedly working on a solution that cuts out the wireless network, connecting directly to the output source.
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.
Essentially, you’d hook up your iPad or iPhone directly to the speaker system, without the need for knowing long WEP keys. Pretty great if you often have iDevice wielding friends around with awesome playlists.