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Apple on Tuesday updated its iOS Remote application to version 2.0, adding support for the iPad, improved picture on the Retina Display found on the iPhone 4 and newest iPod touch, and functionality with the new Apple TV.

With Apple's new Remote application (iTunes link), users will be able to control their Apple TV, as well as iTunes, from anywhere in their home. It also allows users with an iOS device to send music to AirPlay-compatible speakers.

The new Remote application allows control of the new iOS-based Apple TV with simple finger gestures. Users can also enter text with the onscreen keyboard.

"Choose playlists, songs, and albums as if you were right in front of your computer or Apple TV," the official description reads. "From anywhere in your home change a song, pick a playlist or browse through your entire library.

"With a flick of your finger, you can even control every aspect of the Apple TV user interface. Use your devices QWERTY keyboard to quickly tap out the title instead of clicking letters on the Apple TV screen. Then keep tapping to play, fast forward, rewind, and pause to your fingers content."

The full list of new features in version 2.0, according to Apple, include:

Designed for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad
Optimized for Retina displays and large screen real estate on iPad
Support for Shared Libraries on iTunes and new Apple TV
Bug fixes and compatibility with iTunes 10 and the new Apple TV
post #2 of 30
My AppleTV shipped this morning - can't wait!
post #3 of 30
The Airplay thing sounds like it could be huge, but the content has to be there. Since it must be difficult trying to work with the studios I can't blame Apple on this point .
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Oh nice, it uses home sharing to automatically find libraries. No need to pair it or anything.
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Wow, the iPad version of Remote is awesome...
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For all the Apple TV guys:

http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/art...-tv-2-for-now/

But he lost my faith in his objectivity some time ago during one of his more off-the-wall tirades, and has yet to earn it back. I think he believes himself to be a consumer white-knight, but since I'm a well-informed consumer his intention are only bothersome and intrusive. Once he regains some objectivity, he is welcome to try and rescue me from my rapant consumerism.
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cant wait to get my Apple TV. I basically am viewing it as an airport express that also streams video with audio. Plus I hope it gets hacked with something like Air Foil that will allow me to stream anything to my apple tv. Meaning I can just run everything on my iPad/iPhone and when I need it on a bigger screen I can just send the output to my AppleTv and use the iPad/iPhone as a remote with screen mirroring.
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Originally Posted by sapporobabyrtrns View Post

For all the Apple TV guys:

http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/art...-tv-2-for-now/

Sums Apple TV up quite nicely. Apple calls it a "hobby" for now but it will be more interesting to see what Apple comes up with when they treat it more seriously.
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But he lost my faith in his objectivity some time ago during one of his more off-the-wall tirades, and has yet to earn it back. I think he believes himself to be a consumer white-knight, but since I'm a well-informed consumer his intention are only bothersome and intrusive. Once he regains some objectivity, he is welcome to try and rescue me from my rapant consumerism.

I could not care less about his opinions. Who looks to Jeremy for advice on which toys to spend their money on?

Should I value his insight over my own? Hell no!
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The Airplay thing sounds like it could be huge, but the content has to be there. Since it must be difficult trying to work with the studios I can't blame Apple on this point .

but the content is there. You can use it with anything in your itunes library. plus there's the built in netflix which is growing in leaps and bounds

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Sums Apple TV up quite nicely. Apple calls it a "hobby" for now but it will be more interesting to see what Apple comes up with when they treat it more seriously.

It states some unknowns as reasons not to buy. I'd say those unknowns are reasons to wait and see what 4.2 brings, which we should be hearing about very soon. I'm sure some developers testing 4.2 ordered an Apple TV. A teardown will also determine if there is available storage space for apps (either through jailbreak or a future app store). I think they would have been better off writing that article later this week.
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post #13 of 30
One thing for sure is that Remote 2.0 is vastly superior to version 1.0 which had been reported recently as kinda neglected and dying on the vine. The real reason was that Apple was working on a completely new app that has little in common with the old one outside of the fact that both control iTunes remotely. The iPad version finally gives me the flexibility I knew this product could really do.

I'm sure there will be a bug fix or two down the line but it'll be really interesting to see this mate up to the new Apple TV. Right now, my Airport Expresses feel they just got an upgrade.
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I guess I'm just an optimist but I thought with the new remote that the iPad/iPhone/iPod would become an AirPlay device. Did I miss something or is Apple still not streaming media from my desktop to my iP.* ?
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Originally Posted by hessml View Post

I guess I'm just an optimist but I thought with the new remote that the iPad/iPhone/iPod would become an AirPlay device. Did I miss something or is Apple still not streaming media from my desktop to my iP.* ?

If that's going to happen (technically possible since Apple TV, another iOS device, will be doing that) then 10.6.5 and iOS 4.2 will be necessary. Both should arrive in the next several weeks.
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But he lost my faith in his objectivity some time ago ..

And I didn't see much objective in his 5 reasons why it's not right for him article. I like where Apple is going with this product - bringing content to the living room without having to figure out how to connect your PC or learn about NAS or DLNA or codecs or, or, or.

If it all doesn't work to their plan, fine - I'll still be picking up shows from those cable channels I refuse to pay subscriptions to, stream lossless music from playlists and enjoy the occasional rental without having to find a redbox that has it in stock.

My belief is Apple and their iTunes library will continue to struggle with content owners just as cable & satellite providers do. Contents want a piece of the new w/o damaging the current distribution model too much.
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Does anyone know if BestBuy will stock new Apple TV/ I have a $100 gift voucher for there burning a hole in my pocket.
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But he lost my faith in his objectivity some time ago during one of his more off-the-wall tirades, and has yet to earn it back. I think he believes himself to be a consumer white-knight, but since I'm a well-informed consumer his intention are only bothersome and intrusive. Once he regains some objectivity, he is welcome to try and rescue me from my rapant consumerism.

I deleted my iLounge bookmark months ago for the reasons you noted. That site is just a megaphone for Apple accessory makers. Whatevs.
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but the content is there. You can use it with anything in your itunes library. plus there's the built in netflix which is growing in leaps and bounds

Well then, there's nothing to complain about. I'm completely happy. Except for one thing: The Apple TV is not in stores yet. Slight inconvenience. But I'm patient.
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I just can't get excited over this new Apple TV. I kind of feel like my "old" one with 160GB is a lot better. Seems like a step backwards to me.

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post #21 of 30
I just ordered an Apple TV. Apparently, they have ditched WebObjects as the store platform. Seems faster now.

I am looking forward to using the Netflix feature.

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My tv is getting closer.


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I guess I'm just an optimist but I thought with the new remote that the iPad/iPhone/iPod would become an AirPlay device. Did I miss something or is Apple still not streaming media from my desktop to my iP.* ?

As in you want to stream from your desktop to your iPad/iPhone/iPod? No, that's not the job of the Remote app. That functionality will hopefully come at some point, although I can't say that I miss it much. I expect that it will show up as a feature in the iPod and Videos apps where you currently consume content, its just that it'll give you access to your desktop's library as well.

Remote is for controlling your desktop's iTunes & the AppleTV.
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post #24 of 30
I just installed the new version for my iPhone 4.

One problem though: When browsing the artists in my iTunes library from the Remote app, every artist is listed under "123". So I can't quickly advance down the list. I either have to endlessly scroll to get to the bottom or search for a specific artist.

Has anyone else experienced this issue?
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Originally Posted by sapporobabyrtrns View Post

For all the Apple TV guys:

http://www.ilounge.com/index.php/art...-tv-2-for-now/

Looking at the comments, I don't think his readers are listening to him.
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I guess I'm just an optimist but I thought with the new remote that the iPad/iPhone/iPod would become an AirPlay device. Did I miss something or is Apple still not streaming media from my desktop to my iP.* ?

I think you'll have to wait for 4.2. In the meantime, check out Air Video. Streams video content from your desktop (and over the internets) quite happily. Will also re-encode non-H264 stuff on the fly too.
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The one huge lacking feature is that you have no control of the internet radio stations via the iPod app. You can pause the music once you start it from the computer, but you can't change stations or start internet radio playback from the remote.

Why the heck not????
post #28 of 30
Just a little aside: Judging from those screenshots, the desktop iTunes/iPod iPad app UI has been outdone by the remote app. Is there a reason they all have completely different controls? I know iTunes had just been a constant finger up to the Human Interface Guidelines, but it must be the same guys who make the fugly iPod app, and some other fellows who make the remote (still just one guy?).

On a related note, any reason the iPod app on iPad isn't just iTunes? Could quite easily spin around for store a la iBooks, and including shuffle/repeat/smart playlist buttons would hardly hurt. It's a bit of a slap in the face that Remote is a better iTunes than uh... iPod. These words have become meaningless.
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It looks very nice!

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post #30 of 30
With tv, Apple has created the platform that is going to rule home entertainment.

There will be IOS updates and apps that I can't imagine, but Steve Jobs can and he will implement them.

For now I am thrilled to be receiving my own tv, it's due to arrive tomorrow.
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