Apple rolls out new major Remote app upgrade for iPhone, iPad

apple-remoteApple has released its first major update of its Remote app, which allows users to control their iTunes and Apple TV directly from their iPhone, iPod, and iPad iOS powered devices in a sleek user interface with the help of their wireless home network.

The latest update brings many new features to the free app, which is available now on iTunes, such as new Retina high-resolution support, and a new interface for the iPad to better utilize the larger display.

Directly from an iOS device, a new feature called Home Sharing allows users stream songs and other media directly from their iTunes library to their home theater (or AirPlay speakers), with the complete media library being accessible from the iOS device.

Although the app allows users to start streaming media to their Apple TV, which could be a convenient feature, the app does not allow you to stream the media directly to your iOS device.

 The mobile space is becoming increasingly more competitive, just as the maker of the top smartphone in the world, Research In Motion (RIM), unveiled their first tablet computer that is scheduled to launch in the first quarter of 2011.

The tablet from RIM, dubbed the BlackBerry PlayBook, is powered by a completely new BlackBerry tablet operating system, and is expected to include more advanced media support than previously seen on any BlackBerry operating system.

Apple is strategically better aligned than RIM, or arguably even better than any other competitor, when it comes to media.

Apple is utilizing iTunes and its Apple TV products to propel its iOS mobile devices into media powerhouses, features consumers really welcome.

RIM is marketing the PlayBook more of a business centric mobile tablet, but with the likely limitations of app support for the new RIM operating system, consumers, and businesses alike might find application support more limited comparative to competing platforms.

The Apple stock (NASDAQ:AAPL) is trading down just over 1-percent at $287.83 per share at mid-day trading, after reaching an all-time high of almost $295 per share in yesterday’s trading session.

The RIM stock (TSE:RIM) is trading down over 2.5-percent at just over $48 per share, despite the announcement of the company’s PlayBook tablet yesterday.

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  • Jonny

    “Directly from an iOS device, a new feature called Home Sharing allows users stream songs and other media directly from their iTunes library”
    I don’t think this is what Apple mean by home sharing. This feature is called AirPlay, coming with iOS 4.2. Home Sharing is the ability to copy music from other iTunes users on your own network.

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