Apple AirPlay as we know it is a wi-fi based technology for streaming media to compatible devices, but now it looks like Apple is ready to add bluetooth 4.0 support to its AirPlay technology, potentially opening up for a range low power consuming accessories.
It is Japanese Mac blog Macotakara that is reporting on the story following the MFi Technology Summit 2011 in Shenzhen, China, where Apple announced its release of a new certification chip for MFi devices, supporting Bluetooth 4.0 connection for future Apple AirPlay devices.
The new low-power consuming Bluetooth 4.0 technology is currently only found in the latest of Apple devices, including the iPhone 4S and the Macbook Air. The technology is especially attractive due to its low power consumption and it does not rely on a wifi connection for data transfer. Devices that support the new Bluetooth 4.0 technology are dubbed as Bluetooth Smart Ready.
Bluetooth 4.0 support for AirPlay devices is likely going to have positive effect on a range of future accessories, as well as opening up for a wider audience of AirPlay products, including AirPlay speakers. Apple has been touting the benefits of AirPlay streaming in recent iOS releases, including the addition of AirPlay mirroring in the recent iOS 5 release.