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Apple To Turn iPhone/touch Into Remote Controls

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Apple Turning iPhone/touch Into Remote Controls

Modders have been hacking both the iPhone and the iPod touch to try and use them as remote controls for some time, but it seems Apple now agrees that this is a very good idea...

The ever industrious MacRumours has done some digging into the latest iTunes v7.7 beta and discovered in the 'Read Me' section (seriously, who reads a Read Me? These guys are committed!) a particularly interesting hint:

Following the usual: "Use iTunes 7.7 to sync music, video, and more with iPhone 3G, and download applications from the iTunes Store exclusively designed for iPhone and iPod touch with software version 2.0 or later" comes "Also use the new Remote application for iPhone or iPod touch to control iTunes playback from anywhere in your home - a free download from the App Store."

Quite how Apple will do this (MacRumours suggests via WiFi) at this stage is unclear - but if it gets the interface correct (and doesn't Apple tend to get this bit right?) then we could have a bargain version of a Sonos player for gratis and you can't say fairer than that...


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June 27, 2008, 3:44 pm

I used to use my HP PDA as a remote control years ago. If it's go an infrared port, you can use it to transmit like a universal remote. It was quite cool, you could walk into bars and start channel surfing :)

Eddy Hall

June 27, 2008, 3:52 pm

So it's a bit like Touchpad Pro (for the iPod Touch or the iPhone)?


That uses VNC as the underlying protocol and with a server side plugin can control iTunes, Media Center, Winamp, WMP, VLC...

Or like ngRC (admitedly that works through a web interface)?





June 27, 2008, 4:56 pm

Signal from www.alloysoft.com already does this pretty well, and being a service running on the PC/Mac, is not limited to just apple mobile device, as it simply provides a URL on your wireless network. Having said that a standalone app equivalent would be nice.


June 27, 2008, 5:35 pm

This will be awesome. If it works with AppleTV, I'll be buying that as well :)

Thomas C

June 27, 2008, 8:20 pm

Sailing Clicker is somthing i came acorss recently which allowed for the control of Itunes/Powerpoint through either Bluetooth or Wifi from loads of devices - its extreamly usefull when presenting ! www.salling.com/Clicker/window...


June 28, 2008, 11:15 am

Like the man previously said TouchpadPro for the win!

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