Apple has tended to model their most dramatic and defining technological developments in an effort to limit competition in the markets it is entering into. One of the most central ways it has done this is by creating a monopolistic environment with iTunes and then creating a seamless connection between all of their dominant products and that software. The types of videos are limited on the iPhone and iPod in an effort to further enforce iTunes sales, the App Store has a stranglehold over the iPhone software development market, and Podcasting may be heading in this direction as well. Apple has used this same key toward innovation in the development of their iPhone applications. Instead of forcing dozens of Apple branded apps through the gates of the iTunes download stream they have established a short list all of which stand as essential, as long as you are integrating a series of Apple services. It is within this context that Apple's Remote stands out as one of the best iPhone applications ever released.
Remote, released at the iTunes' App Store from Apple itself, will transform your iPhone into a remote to control your iTunes. This is one of the perfect modes of connection to drive your technology toward centralization where a single mobile device can begin to connect with everything around you. Once you open up this free iPhone application you will allow it to find iTunes libraries in the area. This does have to clamp to a local Wi-Fi network, but from your home base this should not be a problem unless you only have limited access to your neighbor's insecure network. Select to Choose a Library from the opening screen and then Remote will generate a four-digit Passcode for you. From here you will jump over to your computer chair and look into the right hand panel of your iTunes display. Under devices you should see your iPhone listed as it connected via Wi-Fi. Select your iPhone and you will be given a place where you can enter the Passcode given, which puts signs the final marriage between the two devices.
From here you have direct control of your iTunes library from your iPhone. You can browse through your iTunes library ranging from song and video listing, jumping over to the scroll through artists and other sub-categories to fit your natural preference. All of this is in full detail right from your touch screen with Remote without actually having to even may eye contact with your computer screen. It will work just the same as iTunes does from your computer except all the media will play from your desktop while you are fighting the urge to get off the couch on the other side of the room. As you begin to integrate even more speaker patterns around your house you will be able to isolate locations and choose where you want it to be made primary, but this is not going to be dominant for your average iPhone user in his mid-twenties. Apple TV is also a perfect sync with Remote and will allow you to navigate through your content and service, which is going to remind you that now may be the perfect time to integrate your television and desktop iTunes. The mainframe will never be complete.
What is really groundbreaking about Remote is actually in how little it brings to the table. In reality it is just an application that takes the format of the software you are looking to control and puts it into the interface of your remote design. The fundamental aspect of this that transforms it is that it injects this simple formula into a centralized mobile device that you already use to text your wife, check your email, and find movie times. Complex software centered master remotes have already been available, but they remained unreasonably expensive and have taken the elevator to 21st century technology. Today we are looking at set of circumstances where all media is in the form of playback and all video and audio hardware will eventually stack up right where vinyl is. The ability to have one consolidated mobile device and one location to get your sound is the obvious direction of technological development, if only because it allow Apple to force you to stay on iTunes longer than you already have. In a practical sense, every iPhone user that has not jailbroken their phone is using iTunes on a regular basis to sync media and this is the type of application that is going to get use on an almost daily basis. If Apple can define their applications like this in the future then their share of the market is secure, and not just in one field at a time.