Originally Posted by DistortedLoop
Yes, there are several, actually. Have been for at least a year. One of the reasons I kept my two original iPhone EDGE models after upgrading to a 3G and 3G[s] were to use them as air remotes for the Mac Mini home theater. Check out the following apps for the iPhone:
There are probably others as well.
HippoRemote. I was actually waiting for an iPad version of HR, but this would obviate that.
Originally Posted by chris v
I seriously doubt this for 2 or 3 reasons.
1. It solves a problem Apple does not have. They just introduced the Magic Mouse, and while it's not perfect, this moves away from that in terms of usability. I'd figure they'd incrementally improve the MM instead of crafting a whole new breed of input devices.
2. Apple is moving away from input devices altogether -- why would they throw even more resources at something they're trying to eliminate?
It's not a "whole new breed of input devices." Nor is it less usable. It's a modernized version of the iGesture pad from earlier this decade, which was discontinued when Apple bought out Fingerworks for their Multitouch technology. Believe me, I used one for years. It was so much more functional than any mouse, trackball, trackpad that I've ever used. People were paying over $300 for used iGesture pads on eBay. I'm glad I sold mine last year when the price was still high. This device will probably destroy the market value of used iGesture tablets. Why buy a used one for several hundred dollars when you can get a new, similar device for $100 or less? The Wacom Bamboo Touch series is also similar. However, I suspect this will not be completely programmable the way the iGesture was, nor will it have the enormous selection of gestures and commands available on that device.
Apple is not moving away from input devices. As long as there are Macs, there will be a need for input devices.