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iPhone 5 rumor rollup for the week ending August 31

iPhone5: AirPlay without Wi-Fi, Parts pour forth, NFC fades

By , Network World
August 31, 2012 10:25 AM ET
iPhone rumors

Network World - As September edged nearer, with all its trembling magical promise, the iOSphere seized on rumors that any sane person would dismiss out of hand, such as the Next iPhone having a new AirPlay version that won't work with Wi-Fi.

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Also this week, the outpouring of purported iPhone 5 parts, aided by Adobe Photoshop, continued apace; a document-that-isn't-posted is nevertheless said to sort of confirm some of the parts; and finally someone talks technical sense about NFC's prospects for the next iPhone.

You read it here it second.

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"We are a bit weary of the authenticity of this picture, as its originator, Sonny Dickson, said it needed to be 'enhanced with Photoshop.'"

Elyse Betters, 9to5Mac, on why a blurry, Photoshopped image of a purported iPhone 5 logic board with "A6" processor might be less than it appears; she presumably meant "wary" but let's face it, "weary" works just as well.

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iPhone 5 will have "AirPlay Direct" without Wi-Fi...to compensate for no NFC and because the Chinese will love it...or something

Bloggers and tech sites are saying that iPhone 5 will debut with an improved version of AirPlay, Apple's music and media streaming technology, by eliminating Wi-Fi connections in favor of direct peer-to-peer connections using BlueTooth. They're citing as the source for this claim a story by The Telegraph's Matt Warman.

But there's one problem: Warman's story nowhere talks about eliminating Wi-Fi.

Citing "sources familiar with the iPhone-maker's plans," Warman, in a somewhat confusing and possibly confused story, seems to be saying that Apple wants to let iDevices and AirPlay-compatible third-party products to share multimedia files using a direct peer-to-peer connection. He's rather fuzzy on the details but his basic point is clear: the sending device would "form its own network [with receiving devices] to allow a direct connection...."

Currently, the proprietary AirPlay software stack sits on sending devices (iPhones, iPads, computers running iTunes, etc) and receiving devices (Apple's AirPort Express, AirPlay speakers, and Apple TV which links to flatpanel TVs). These devices must all be on the same network, interconnected via Wi-Fi (home wireless router, AirPort Extreme), Ethernet, or Bluetooth. [See "How Apple AirPlay Works," by Stephanie Crawford, at HowStuffWorks.com.]

But like the old "telephone game," where things get more garbled with every successive whisper, so it is in the iOSphere.

Jonny Evans, writing Computerworld's Apple Holic blog, read Warman's story and announced to his readers that AirPlay Direct will allow "iOS devices to stream audio directly without need of a Wi-Fi network, using Bluetooth." And that in turn "should enable accessory manufacturers to introduce wireless speaker systems and home Hi-Fi equipment that (a) doesn't require inclusion of a Wi-Fi chip and (b) enables seamless connection to any user's iDevice."

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