With the launch of Apple’s newest iPhone only days away, rumors and speculation are flying about a new version of Apple AirPlay as well.

According to an article in the Telegraph, the new version (tentatively called “AirPlay Direct”) will enable your iPhone, iPod or iPad to stream media directly to your AirPlay-compatible speakers without WiFi. (AirPlay in the car anyone? By the lake? At your technophobe parents’ house?)

Although the ability to stream media without a network is already available through BlueTooth, AirPlay Direct would undoubtedly incorporate the enhanced functionality and performance that we’ve come to expect from Apple.

Apple is expected to announce more AirPlay details (along with the breathlessly anticipated unveiling of the new iPhone) on September 12th.