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Remote app going without updates due to Apple culture

updated 09:10 am EDT, Tue August 3, 2010

Software a one-man project, says source

The official Remote app for the iPhone has gone months without an update because of Apple's corporate culture, claims Posterous CEO Sachin Agarwal. The software was last updated in November 2009, in order to provide compatibility with iTunes 9 and the Apple TV 3 firmware. It has yet to gain an iPad-native interface, or upgrades to take advantage of iOS 4.

The reason, says Agarwal, is that the app was developed by just one man, a friend of his who has since moved on to other tasks within Apple. The company is believed to maintain a very unusual approach to who develops what. "Apple doesn't build large teams to work on every product they make," according to Agarwal. "Instead, they hire very few, but very intelligent people who can work on different projects and move around as needed."

The situation is described as flexible enough that people can flip between very different technologies. "The engineers on the Mac OS and iOS teams move back and forth between the two projects based on release cycles and what needs to ship next," Agarwal observes. If so, the factor would support the idea that Mac OS X 10.7 may have been delayed to get iOS 4 out the door. While known to be in development, the new Mac OS has yet to be formally revealed.

by MacNN Staff



  1. testudo

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Perhaps Apple doesn't feel the need to update some stupid little remote control app. h***, you'd think he was complaining about an update to iWork or something.

  1. HowardG

    Joined: Dec 1969


    ...or maybe...

    They are not going to waste their time updating the Remote app until the iPad version of iOS 4.x is finished.

  1. mdezz

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Remote App for Ipad

    As a whole house music user - I use the remote app quite a bit to access my itunes library and choose which zone via base stations to turn on and off. I use my ipad and would like an ipad version to be release so I dont have to have a blown up interface, which is blurry. Added features would be nice as well- ie:access audio from pandora.

    my 2 cents

  1. FireWire

    Joined: Dec 1969



    and what about adding a friggin' option to use remote with Bluetooth, so I don't have to buy another router just to skip a song without having to leave the table while with guests, as I did 7 years ago with a cheapo Sony cellphone with Salling Clicker.. Seriously, why does Apple has against bluetooth? we can't sync iPhone via BT, we can't send a picture to another phone, we can't use it to remote control, they only support a few profiles.. wtf??

  1. bazaarsoft

    Joined: Dec 1969


    HowardG is right

    As an iOS developer, the timing of the iPad and iOS 4.0 makes releasing a new version for each release is less than cost-effective, at least for free apps. We only released a minor update for the iPad because full screen usage is particularly useful in our app (not really so with Remote). Otherwise, we would have waited for iOS 4.x on the iPad and just done one big release with both screen size/orientation changes along with iOS 4 features. To do otherwise is a bit of a waste from a resource perspective.

  1. lamewing

    Joined: Dec 1969



    I could accept that Apple might release the iPhone and iPad Remote updates at the same time if we were talking a short time frame of a 3 months, but it will be almost a year. The Remote program is not that complicated. The terrible part of this is that corps will just let a program languish without an update to the point that customers just give up on it. I have. I used to use Remote, but it limitations were such that it just became a novelty. I really would expect more from Apple at this point.

  1. Marook

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Remote is ok..

    but I moved my music to Sonos, and that just works - without having a computer running.

    Remote is nice for the AppleTV, though...

  1. facebook_Fabrice

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Aug 2010


    Remote iPad version

    @Matt : you should check yTrack :

    It is a port of the Remote app I made for iPad. new features are planned by the en of this month.

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