Technology is such a powerful thing. You build up a list of things the iPhone can do and then right when you think “that's about it”, up pops another feature. For most regular users, the iPhone is a smartphone that texts, calls, connects to the internet, plays games, music, videos, video chats etc. but then, for a few of us, it serves one more purpose.
The iPhone is often used as a remote control to connect with a lot of gadgets. You probably know that the iPhone can remotely control the music playing on iTunes (on Mac/PC) but then, that's just the tip of the iceberg. With the use of iPhone as a remote control, you can control a plethora of gadgets around you. From burglar alarm systems to your Xbox, the iPhone becomes the perfect universal remote control through specific apps.
Here's a list of 10 popular things you can control with your iPhone as a remote. Oh, note that this is just a “tip of the iceberg” list anyway. There are countless things you can control with your iPhone. We just drew up a list of ten here.
1. Apple TV
Well this is as simple as it can get. Apple's Remote app lets you control your Apple TV from anywhere within the Wi-Fi range. This puts things in perspective as you can scroll through all the content on your Apple TV right from your iPhone, play/pause, FF and do much much more without having to look for the original remote again.
On your Mac/PC, with the Remote app, you can control your iTunes library from iPhone. And by control we don't just mean play/pause/rewind/shuffle music. We're talking about looking up the next song in the list, creating Genius Playlists right from your iPhone… yeah, we're talking a full-fledged control here.
3. Other iPhones and iPads
This is something you can't directly do (there are a lot of limitations) but apps like Tango Remote can help you at least control the music on your iDevices once you get the app installed on the devices. For instance, if you've got an iPod Touch containing a lot of songs that's connected to a dock – and you want to control the music playback. Enter Tango Remote and you get what you need.
4. Smart TVs
Samsung, Viera, LG, Sony, Panasonic and quite a bunch of other smart TV manufacturers release apps for the iPhone that turns your smartphone into a powerful remote. This benefits in two ways: you don't have to keep using the remote anymore and you don't have to worry about line-of-sight for the IR remotes. Because the iPhone remote works over WiFi, you are eventually controlling your TV from anywhere in your house.
5. PowerPoint and Keynote Presentations
Apps like MyPoint and Keynote Remote enable you to control those jazzy presentations you make right from your smartphone. You carry your iPhone all the time with you, anyway, so why bother holding another tiny remote when you can get things done with what you already have?
6. Blu-ray Discs
You got a Bravia Blu-ray device? Well, enter apps like Media Remote for iPhone and you're looking at total control. There are dozens of other apps too like the Panasonic Blu-Ray Remote which controls Panasonic BR players.
7. Desktop, Mac
Ah, this is where things get most interesting right. Well, VNC apps for the iPhone aren't new and these have been here for long. You can use basic softwares like Team Viewer and then tie up your Mac/PC to your iPhone – and control it amazingly.
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8. Home Stereo
The home stereo scene is pretty defragmented but check out if your home stereo provides an app that lets you control music on it through your iPhone! Some players let you control music through Bluetooth but most modern stereo setups come with an app and with Wi-Fi support: well, that pretty much does it, right!
9. VLC Media Player
The VLC Remote for iPhone is an awesome little app that helps you control the VLC player on your Mac/PC. There's a free version which is pretty much enough to get thing rolling. If you use VLC a lot, this would complete the package.
10. Xbox Media Center
I'm not quite sure if a lot of people use the Media Center on Xbox (XBMC) but you can control the XBMC directly from your iPhone using the official app.
Interesting “iPhone as remote” Uses:
As I said before, these are not the only uses of iPhone as a remote. There are plenty more interesting uses too:
- Boyfriend Remote: funny app that lets your boyfriend know what you want him to do. Don't read too much into it, though!
- Burglar Alarm Control / Security Cams: Plenty of apps that let you control security cams and the burglar alarm systems of your house using the iPhone, remotely.
- Digital SLR Cameras: You can control Canon EOS or Nikon DSLR cameras too with specific apps suited for this purpose.
So tell us if you're using the iPhone as a remote and if so, what device do you control with your iPhone?