These days, interconnectivity between devices is one of the most sought after feature by consumers. It would be quite useless to have a bunch of gadgets and gizmos with great features without the compatibility to communicate, transfer data, and “speak” with one another. As such, a number of standards for interconnectivity, networking, and data transfer have been developed, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and Infrared. One of the best uses of these networking platforms is to use portable devices, such as mobile phones or laptops to control desktop systems. In this article, we will be taking a look at some of the iPhone apps that have been designed with this concept in mind: to use your iPhone as a remote control for your Mac or PC.
This helpful app is compatible with either Mac or PC systems. With this app, you can use your iPhone or iPod Touch as a wireless keyboard, trackpad, and remote control. Like many of the other similar apps out there, Snatch can be used as a multi-touch trackpad, a full keyboard, and a customizable remote control. You can design your own layouts, place your own remote control keys, and save various layouts as you please. This app also allows you to see a list of some of the applications running on your system, so that you can easily access them. This works in both landscape and portrait mode. It costs $3.99, or you can download the trial version to check it out.
HippoRemote Pro 2.0
HippoRemote Pro 2.0 is one of the most popular remote controls for the iPhone. One of the best things about this app is that it comes in three versions, first is the Lite edition, which is a limited version that comes for free, then the basic version that costs $0.99 and has the bare necessities, and the Pro version for $4.99, which has all of the features offered in the program. This is compatible with Mac, Linux, Windows-based systems. Like Snatch, HippoRemote Pro allows you to create app profiles and customized remote control layouts. You can create macros, wake up devices through LAN, use international keyboards, and switch apps easily. There are also some nice plugins such as a browser, Boxee, and Twitter plugin.
Like HippoRemote, Remote Jr. comes in multiple versions, two to be exact. First is the full version that costs $7.99 and other is the lite version for $1.99. Although this app doesn’t have support for keyboard, trackpad, or airmouse functionality, it does work as a Virtual Network Computing (VNC) app. This basically means that you can see and control the interface of your remote computer, and manipulate it just as though you were right in front of your desktop. Remote Jr. can connect to your Mac or PC through 3G, GPRS/Edge, or Wi-Fi. Also, the newest version of the app has support for audio streaming and Apple TV functionality.