Apple, the pioneer of all this awesome, a single company that added a whole new meaning to the ‘i’.The one service for which Apple has not added the ‘i’ tag. And it seems like Airplay will break Apple’s closure foundation in more than just the naming system. AirPlay is, of course, an awesome, if not 100% bug-less means of beaming music and videos from your Apple devices to speakers and TV. But there are very, very few things for your Apple devices to beam to. Will Bluetooth fix everything?
Starting from the Japanese blog Macotakara and then to MacRumors, we have claims that the company is getting ready to expand AirPlay outside of your home Wi-Fi network, and into a direct connection over Bluetooth 4.0. That means no more router as middleman, but a straight handshake between iPhone and speaker (or anything else).
On the one hand, it’d be a little strange for Apple to have one word mean different things—sometimes it’d be over Wi-Fi, sometimes over Bluetooth. But one has to assume Apple could squeeze the same fidelity of streaming through Bluetooth 4.0 as it can with AirPlay in its current form, lest we end up with something awful like AirPlay Lite.
On the other hand, there is currently a pathetic dearth of AirPlay products available for us to use. A handful of docks, and the Apple TV—it’s great technology, but it hasn’t taken off widely. Bluetooth, a familiar tech already embedded in plenty of gadgets, could make the AirPlay smoothie more palatable for manufacturers, and more plentiful for us. That’d be very good.
And then there’s gaming—how does a real gaming controller sound paired up with your iPad? It sounds very nice to me, and there’s a plethora of Bluetooth-ready controllers ready to roll.
Alright so it is pretty clear that the scope for AirPlay with Bluethooth is pretty high and it can take Apple to a whole new level. But this has been the case for long. Be it the Mac or the iPhones , we miss the bluetooth, specifically when Indians do all the transferring through the blue air. It might be possible through some 3rd party applications but does Apple really wish to deny its privileged users of Bluetooth. Has Apple realised its err. Will the AirPlay really be powered by bluetooth and thus open up a whole new world of pure awesomeness to it esteemes users? As usual only time has the answer…