Apple has filed a series of patents this week that highlight the future technology used in AirPlay and AirPrint, which will be introduced with the next iOS update due in November.
According to Apple Insider, a total of 11 patent applications have been filed, including the "ability of third-party accessories to receive data - such as music, album art, playlists and print jobs - wirelessly from an iOS device."
MacNN adds the patents could allow Apple's iOS devices to communicate with home appliances, exercise equipment, security systems, home automation and cars, among other products.
The 11 Apple patents are:
Remote Access to Advanced Playlist Features of a Media Player.
Accessory and Mobile Computing Device Communication Using an Application Communication Protocol.
Application Communication with External Accessories.
Detecting and Processing Button Press Events for Performing Electronic Device Operations.
Accessory Interface to Portable Media Device Using Sessions.
Accessory Identification for Mobile Computing Devices.
Accessory Transceiver for Mobile Devices.
Accessory Identification for Mobile Devices.
Automatic Identification of Compatible Applications and Accessories.
Connection to Multiple Accessories with Multiple Accessory-Specific Protocols.
Mobile Computing Device Capabilities for Accessories.
According to Apple, AirPlay lets users stream music throughout a house wirelessly, technology which will integrated into speaker docks, AV receivers, and stereo systems from companies such as Bowers & Wilkins and Denon.
AirPrint meanwhile, automatically finds printers on local networks and can print text, photos and graphics to them wirelessly over Wi-Fi without the need to install drivers or download software. Apple adds, HP’s existing and upcoming ePrint enabled printers will be the first to support printing direct from iOS devices.
Both AirPlay and AirPrint will be included in Apple's iOS 4.2 software update previewed earlier this month's when Steve Jobs unveiled new iPods, Apple TV and iTunes 10. iOS 4.2 will be compatible with iPad, iPhone 4, iPhone 3GS and iPod touch, third generation and later.