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AirPlay on iOS 8 won’t need Wi-Fi

Streaming media from iOS 8 devices via AirPlay won’t require a network connection, it has emerged.

The list of bright new iOS 8 features is so large, it seems, that Apple’s WWDC 2014 presentation was unable to contain them all. They’re spilling out left, right, and Notification Center.

One interesting new iOS 8 tidbit has been highlighted on the Enterprise section of Apple’s iOS 8 Preview web page.

At present, in iOS 7, you need a mutual Wi-Fi connection in order to stream media between Apple devices over the AirPlay standard. It’s useful, but somewhat limited in its real world practicality.

That’s set to change with iOS 8, which will boast “Peer-to-peer AirPlay discovery and playback.”

This means that you can wirelessly connect your iPhone or iPad to an Apple TV or other AirPlay-compatible devices without needing to be on the same Wi-Fi network.

Its position in the Enterprise section suggests one particularly useful application of this approach. When giving presentations from your iPad or iPhone, you won’t need to rely on a flaky or complex office network to get the job done.

As with most of Apple’s new iOS 8 features, this is technology that we’ve seen before – on this occasion in things like the DLNA standard. But again, it’s a welcome addition, and you can bet that Apple’s implementation will be slicker than most.

iOS 8 will launch in the autumn around the time of Apple’s big iPhone 6 reveal.

Read More: iOS 8 vs iOS 7: What’s new?

Via: AppleInsider

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