No matter what generation of Apple TV you own — first gen, 720p or 1080p — the preferred method of input has always been this tiny remote that’s as minimal as you can get. Sure, it’s great to work with and all that, but if you’ve got a decent sized collection of movies and television shows to navigate through, things can get a bit tricky.
It’s that time of day again, when I like to kick back on my bed and watch the latest episode of “The Big Bang Theory” on Hulu. The only source of illumination now is the glow of the monitor sitting on my desk across the room. It is all quite nice until the neighbor’s dog starts barking and I need to get up and out of bed, walk over to the computer and turn up the volume.
My first solution to this dilemma is the obvious one- bring my bluetooth mouse and keyboard to bed with me. This is fine, but without a surface for the mouse it can be cumbersome to manage and the keyboard seems superfluous when all I need to control is the volume. If only there were some way I could control the mouse, the volume, the play/pause functions and when the show ends, put my computer to sleep… What!?! TouchPad for the iPhone/iPad can do all of that and so much more!?! That’s great!
Ever since the very first remote controls were invented, we’ve been fascinated with operating our gadgets wirelessly. The very nature of the iPhone’s touch screen gives it a great deal of potential as a remote control. Whether that’s as a virtual trackpad, an extra keypad, or a fully fledged remote view of your desktop.
Today we’ll be looking at a few of the different options available for controlling your computer with an iPhone. This won’t be an extensive look at media remotes – rather those that offer control of your whole machine.