IOSpirit, the company widely known for its Remote Buddy application has released v1.1 of the program that not only allows you to control your Mac from a distance, but it allows you to use the iPhone as well.
Besides a few other features, the main upgrade to v1.1 is the inclusion of an AJAX Remote that mimics the icon-based scheme of the iPhone and allows you to control anything from movie and music playback to presentation software and EyeTV recordings. Not bad for a cool $27 huh?
Well, I guess that one is up for debate. While the premise sounds fine, the Remote Buddy has historically been a somewhat difficult product to use. And while a variety of fine iPhone apps are coming out, Iâ€™m still suspect of the web-only system.
Unlike any other smartphone, the iPhone is completely locked down and with those restrictions, how can anyone truly get the functionality and usefulness they should expect with a $600 price tag? The simple fact is Apple needs to open the iPhone for third-party support and allow a useful product like this to work without the help of the Internet.
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