Remote 4.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 001)Remote 4.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 002)

Apple has finally issued a long-expected update to its Remote app for the iPhone and iPad. Designed with the cleaner iOS 7 appearance in mind, the free universal binary download has been overhauled top to bottom for iOS 7 look and feel and aso offers compatibility fixes for iTunes 11.1, but no new feature additions.

With the Remote app, users can control their desktop iTunes and the $99 Apple TV using their iPhone, iPod touch or iPad devices, from without having to use Apple’s aluminum Remote for prolonged text entry, for example…

Apple’s Remote pitch:

Remote is designed to be in perfect sync with the new iTunes. It is simpler, easier, and gives you new ways to browse your library and see upcoming songs with Up Next. With just a few taps on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch, you can add new songs to hear them next from iTunes on a Mac or PC, or an Apple TV. Choose playlists, songs, and albums as if you were in front of your computer or Apple TV.

Or play them from iCloud with iTunes Match on Apple TV. Change a song, pick a playlist, or browse your entire library from anywhere in your home. Control your Apple TV with the flick of your finger or use the keyboard to quickly tap out a title instead of clicking letters on the Apple TV screen.

Remote 4.0 for iOS (kudos to iDownloadBlog reader Damian!), among other improvements, includes the new iOS 7 look and feel and the flattened app icon.

Remote 4.0 for iOS (app icon, small)

In addition to the overhaul, this version of Remote adds support for iTunes 11.1.

Remote 4.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 003)Remote 4.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 004)

This is what the new remote functionality for your Apple TV looks like.

Remote 4.0 for iOS (iPhone screenshot 005)

iTunes release notes don’t make mention of other changes.

The redesigned app supports all form-factor iOS devices natively and requires an iOS device running iOS 7.0 or later. Apple has yet to refresh its iBooks, Find My Friends and iTunes U apps with a skeuomorphic-free appearance.

Remote is free to download from the App Store.

  • Now for iBooks and ‘Find My Friends’ and I’ll finally have the complete iOS 7 set of Apple apps.

    • chumawumba

      Find my friends = ultimate stalker app

      • Matthew Cleveland

        I don’t know if it’s considered stalking when the person gives you permission to do it.

      • Oscar Nigma

        At that point it’s like Public domain.

    • Matthew Cleveland

      Agreed. I hate looking at the terrible leather in Find My Friends.

  • Finally *-*

  • appleyay

    umm “yay”… i guess…

  • Michael

    Nothing new? Does that ‘visualizer’ button display the vis on AppleTV?

  • Adan

    They also have yet to update the ‘videos’ app

  • Gerardo Camino

    Hey one question, what happened to Google Play Music for iOS?

    • ✪ aidan harris ✪

      The same place it’s always been @ music .google.com since Google has 0% interest in developing an iOS app for Google Music…

  • Jamie Tilden

    Wow. I really wish the native iOS 7 Music.app looked like this.