iTunes 7.7 pre-release version Read Me hints at iPhone/ iPod Touch remote app
Knowing that Apple has already patented certain methods to use the iPhone or iPod Touch as a remote control, it’s not surprising to learn that there will be an app that’s intended for that purpose, and it will be made available in time for iPhone 2.0.
The existence of this unannounced iPhone/ iPod Touch application is seen in the Read Me of the pre-release version of iTunes 7.7, where it is said that it will be made available for free from the iPhone App Store, possibly at the same time as other free apps on the worldwide launch in July.
The text from the read me states:
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. 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.
It’s nice to see Apple taking matters into their own hands and rolling out an offering such as this for those who desperately need to cut the wires and lessen the number of devices in their home. With Wi-Fi built-in on the iPhone and iPod Touch, this should work perfectly in any home network.
This may be a harder hit on the iPhone’s and iPod Touch’s battery, but at least you get to lay almost motionless on your king size bed while enjoying iTunes “channel surfing”… wirelessly. But wait, isn’t that what the Apple Remote is for?