Inside the documentation for a pre-release version of iTunes 7.7, Apple has reportedly tucked a hint of an upcoming application that would enable the latest iPhone and the iPod Touch to remotely control playback on the music and video software.
The application is mentioned in the Read Me document of the iTunes installer, according to the Apple enthusiast site MacRumors. The application would be available at no charge on the App Store, which Apple is launching along with the 3G iPhone on July 11. The App Store, which will be accessible through iTunes, is for third-party developers to offer iPhone applications.
"Use iTunes 7.7 to sync music, video, and more with iPhone 3G, and download applications from the iTunes Store exclusively designed for iPhone and iPod touch with software version 2.0 or later," the Read Me file said, according to MacRumors. "Also, use the new Remote application for iPhone or iPod Touch to control iTunes playback from anywhere in your home -- a free download from the App Store."
The remote control application would presumably work via a Wi-Fi connection, since the iPhone and iPod Touch support the wireless technology.
An Apple patent application filed in 2005 indicated that the Mac and consumer electronics maker was working on a remote control application for the iPhone or iPod.
Apple chief executive Steve Jobs introduced the 3G iPhone June 9 at the company's Worldwide Developers Conference in San Francisco. Unlike the original iPhone, the new model supports faster 3G, or third generation, data networks offered by wireless service providers. The 3G iPhone will be available in 22 countries, versus six for the original, when it ships. Apple plans to make the smartphone available in 70 countries by the end of the year.