Bang & Olufsen’s New AirPlay Speaker Likes Music, Picnics, and Walks On the Beach

Bang & Olufsen's stylish AV gear usually gives the impression of wealth and affluence, but having just been revealed by the FCC, its new wireless AirPlay speaker comes across as looking just simple and quaint.

The perforated grill that wraps all the way around the Beolit 12 makes it look like a wicker picnic basket, and the leather carrying strap on top only adds to that effect. Instead of Bluetooth, which has been the theme for today, the speaker goes the Wi-Fi route, making it compatible with AirPlay capable iOS devices and computers.

According to details on the FCC site, the Beolit 12 also has an ethernet port, presumably for configuring AirPlay, and a standard 3.5mm line in jack for connecting older audio gear. There's no word on when it might be available, but given it's been given the A-OK by the FCC, there's a good chance you could find one under the Christmas tree this year, from your very, very rich uncle. [FCC via Wireless Goodness]