New beta software hints at a rather funky piece of new functionality.
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…