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  • iPhone To Get Built-In VNC Remote Capabilities To Control Your Computer

    Before you get your panties in a bunch, yes, this functionality has been available to us for some time. I've been using Jaadu VNC for awhile which works pretty good. Can be a little time consuming, but the ability to control your PC from anywhere is great feature for iPhone users. There are of course a number of other apps that do similar functions, however it appears as though Apple is looking to make this a feature that is built into the iPhone.

    Yesterday the USPTO published a unique granted patent, filed on behalf of Apple, that provides insight into the Apple's potential plans. The patent is titled “Remote control of electronic devices” and the goes on to say that a device is in the works that would let you use your mobile device to remotely control your home computer.

    “A controlling device (e.g., a telephony device) can remotely control various tasks associated with a controlled device (e.g., a personal computer), including the navigation of user interfaces associated with applications or an operating system associated with the controlled device. A task can be controlled at the controlled device by mapping user input received at the controlling device to control commands suitable for execution at the controlled device.”
    The entire application is currently available here. Apple credits John O. Louch, Eric Seymour and Michael Shebanek as the inventors of Granted Patent 7,634,263.

    So far I've been quite satisfied with the options currently available for VNC connections, but I am definitely looking forward to something more "official" and supported by Apple.

    Images from [PatentlyApple]. Thanks to ndlela for the tip.
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iPhone To Get Built-In VNC Remote Capabilities To Control Your Computer started by nickhesson View original post
    Comments 11 Comments
    1. sandstorm77's Avatar
      sandstorm77 -

      2nd too

      im happy with my VNC connection. I dont see how this is going to be better.
    1. inzandity's Avatar
      inzandity -
      Quote Originally Posted by sandstorm77 View Post

      2nd too
      Fail - love automerge :-)

      but I am very happy with options we have now, although a native app is welcome to save some of us a few bucks
    1. MrJayRizzie's Avatar
      MrJayRizzie -
      Its nice that apple is incorporating this in the phone... My thing is, instead of worrying about controlling other electronic devices (i.e home pc) why not focus on topics such as, allowing users to customize their.. I know we can already but when theres a problem I have to go through making sure my info is backed up before driving 30min to the Apple store..

      What about extending battery life? jaadu is great. I use UltraVnc and it works just as well..

      No problems here.. I can view from my network or at a starbucks...

      Thanks for the update
    1. metaserph's Avatar
      metaserph -
      This makes the iPhone even more compelling for enterprise use, than it already is. The more the merrier.
    1. elr0y7's Avatar
      elr0y7 -
      For some reason I have a feeling this will only work with Apple computers if Apple makes it official.
    1. Crafty42's Avatar
      Crafty42 -
      Jaadu rdp is great as u can stream audio from ur pc to the phone. I use Logmein ignition as it seems fastest.
    1. ty22's Avatar
      ty22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by elr0y7 View Post
      For some reason I have a feeling this will only work with Apple computers if Apple makes it official.
      Well....... I believe vnc comes built in with OSX but you can download it on Windows
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      ahhhhhhh.....YEEEEAAAAAAAAH boy. sup dogs. its your bizzle.

      on a real standpont though. this is awesome news and a nice step in a better direction for apple.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      VNC has always been slow even on PCs. But hopefully, it won't be too much slower than the app that is currently available. I like the idea but to be honest I've used it in the past and never again. But...i would like the built in function to control my TVs and other devices via IR! I'd much rather that.
    1. nighthawk283's Avatar
      nighthawk283 -
      Sounds EARLY GREAT
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      native vnc... Finally!