Rumor: Apple will also introduce WiFi-free AirPlay Direct during Sept 12 event

I enjoy the AirPlay feature of my iPad, and often stream videos from my iPad to my HDTV via my Apple TV settop box. This setup requires that both my iPad and Apple TV be connected to my local WiFi network, which is, of course, connected to the Internet. Yesterday London's Daily Telegraph reported that Apple will introduce a new technology at its iPhone event on September 12 tentatively called AirPlay Direct. It does away with the need for an Internet connection and local WiFi network. Instead, my iPad would stream directly to my HDTV. Apparently the technology simply creates its own small WiFi network between the two devices. And this would entail the HDTV or speakers or whatever being enabled for AirPlay Direct. I hope this rumor is true, since these sort of local connections expand functionality in useful ways.

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Jim Karpen holds a Ph.D. in literature and writing, and has a love of gizmos. His doctoral dissertation focused on the revolutionary consequences of digital technologies and anticipated some of the developments taking place in the industry today. Jim has been writing about the Internet and technology since 1994 and has been using Apple's visionary products for decades.