Apple updates Remote app with AirPlay support

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Amid the flurry of updates the App Store team is approving before taking a much-deserved holiday vacation, a new version of Apple’s Remote app has appeared with some key new features.

Leading the Remote 2.1 update is support for AirPlay. You can complete the gadget trifecta by using your iPhone or iPad to control iTunes on a Mac and direct it to send video to an Apple TV. You can also now use an iOS device to start playing rented iTunes Store content in iTunes.

Other perks include playing Internet radio stations in iTunes, fixes for connecting to iTunes libraries and Apple TV, and the typical round of ambiguous but ever-present stability and performance improvements.

Remote 2.1 is available now in the App Store for free. It’s a universal app for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad that requires iOS 3.1.2 or later. Here’s a list of Apple’s complete release notes:

  • AirPlay video support to control iTunes on your computer to stream videos to an Apple TV
  • Internet radio control to play thousands of internet radio streams in iTunes on your computer
  • The ability to control iTunes on your computer to play Movies and TV shows that are rented from the iTunes Store
  • Addresses issues connecting to an iTunes library or Apple TV
  • Includes stability and performance improvements
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