New Remote icon in iTunes may hint at impending iOS 7 update

By , Oct 25, 2013

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Although Apple posted a number of iOS 7-flavored app updates this week, there’s still one that I’m anxiously awaiting: the Remote app. I use it every day to control my Apple TV, and it’s very much in need of a UI overhaul.

Fortunately, it looks like I won’t have to wait much longer. A redesigned icon for the Remote app has been discovered in iTunes, suggesting that Apple may be putting the finishing touches on an iOS 7 update for the utility…

First discovered by a 9to5Mac reader, the new icon can be seen in iTunes version 11.1.2 during the process of adding a new remote. To see it for yourself, follow these steps (make sure that you’re on the latest version of iTunes):

  • Launch iTunes on your computer and the Remote app on your iOS device.
  • Make sure both are on Wi-Fi, and both have Home Sharing enabled.
  • In the Remote app, tap on the gear-like Settings icon in the top-right corner.
  • Select ‘Add an iTunes Library.’
  • In iTunes, tap the ‘Devices’ tab located to the left of the iTunes Store tab.

And that’s all there is to it. You should see the new Remote icon in the drop-down menu. Note that it is very different from the icon in the iOS app. As with other iOS 7 app updates, it’s flatter now, and has generous white spacing.

Of course, this in no way confirms that Remote is about to get a makeover. But it’s worth noting that last week, new icons for the iOS versions of GarageBand and iPhoto popped up in iCloud just a few days before they were updated.

In addition to Remote, Apple has yet to post iOS 7 updates for its iBooks and Find My Friends apps (am I missing any?). You’d think it would want to release them all at the same time, or at least close to each other, so stay tuned.

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  • Patrick

    they need to update fine my friends app, ibooks and itunes U to make it more IOS 7 like

    • kenzie t

      lol fine my friends, that’s a much better name

    • Matthew Cleveland

      I agree. I die a little inside every time I use Find My Friends.

      • Patrick

        and the moral of the story is double check before posting

      • Matthew Cleveland

        Why?

      • Patrick

        so you don’t make mistakes like the one i did

  • klouud

    I’m looking forward to Remote.app and iBooks.app.

    • omrishtam

      why .app :/ ?…..you could just say Remote and iBooks….

      • klouud

        Why not? .app denotes iOS over OSX. Why is that a big deal?

      • Falk M.

        Actually no, because applications on OS X are named “App Name.app” (speaking of filenames here)

      • klouud

        Well darn. You guys are right – I retract the .app part of my statement.

  • http://sarim.me/ Sarim Khan

    The iBooks app needs update. I use it regularly to read books and it isn’t much like a ios7 app. Btw anyone know any alternative ebook reader for iPad ?

    • Σαλαη αββας

      For the iPad , yes there is alternative readers , but since it’s ios , iBooks is the best option

      • Raanor

        Interesting how you approached his question and then immediately disregarded it without the info he was seeking, lol.

    • FatCatElvis

      Check out Marvin app (free for iPad, pay for iPhone). Absolutely the best ereader out there IMHO. Was looking for a replacement for obsolete Stanza reader. Marvin trounces clunky iBook hands down.

  • Roland Adi Nugraha

    I am quite confused on dropping choice for upgrading my iDevices. which comes first, iPad 2 for iPad air or iphone 4s for 5s , since its too pricey to buy both of them at the same time.

    While I think, 5s isnt a quite major upgrade for Photography, should I go with iPad Air instead?
    thanks for your advise :)

    • Σαλαη αββας

      iPad air

    • diggitydang

      I’d say it depends on which you use most often! Good luck!

  • omrishtam

    about time :D i hope they will bring some new features to it

  • Jonathan

    They really need to update Remote. Of all of them, it looks the worst. Gradients, dark, and black. I’d rather have leather everywhere on it than black.

  • Jonathan

    I don’t have a devices tab even after I connect to iTunes via Remote.

  • bigtalk

    umm oka cool

  • JS3

    0h man i really like that new icon. The blue they used is one of my fav colors! Looks good to me!