updated 04:20 pm EDT, Thu September 16, 2010
Tech wirelessly sends data to accessories
Apple has prepared a lengthy list of patent applications related to its AirPlay and AirPrint wireless standards. The filings, which include 11 separate applications, include descriptions of features that will allow any iOS device to send data to third-party accessories.
Most of the patent information involves technology that has already been announced for iTunes and iOS devices. AirPlay will allow iTunes to send music, song details, artists information, and album art, to supported hardware, such as A/V receivers, from third-party manufacturers. AirPrint is the printing counterpart, which also works over wireless networks.
Aside from the confirmed features, the applications include several references to capabilities that have yet to be officially introduced. Potential expansion could allow iOS devices to communicate with home appliances, exercise equipment, security systems, home automation and automobiles, among other products.
A number of companies have quickly embraced the new technology, with AirPlay-enabled devices on the way from BridgeCo, iHome, Denon and JBL. Apple also announced that AirPrint is set to support HP's ePrint lineup, which includes the e-All-in-One. [via AppleInsider]