Originally Posted by Galley
There would have to be some kind of Wi-Fi to RF converter for it to work. In other words, there would be a receiver to convert the iPhone's Wi-Fi signals to RF that your components could understand.
Wi-Fi is RF. Remotes haven't used RF since maybe the 1950s. They now use infrared.
Incorporating a remote control with an iPhone would be akin to adding wheelbarrow functionality to a Corvette. A single remote from an electronics manufacturer may control several models of a particular entertainment component over several different generations. Having tens of thousands of people each running around with devices that can change the channels on my HDTV or cable box is going to get me and a lot of other people mightily upset.
To solve this problem, remotes will have to be paired with their client devices and their signals encrypted. Currently no TV, stereo, cable box, DVD player, or anything else works this way. This will fundamentally change how all remotes are designed and used.
I don't see it happening.