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Apple's iTunes Remote app updated with new, iOS 7-inspired design [u]

Apple on Monday released an update to its iTunes remote control app for iOS devices, bringing a new visual design and adding support for iTunes 11.1.

New Remote app


First spied — in the form of a redesigned icon — last month, Apple's Remote app has been updated to version 4.0, just the second refresh for the app this year. Apple says the update requires iOS 7, and is optimized for iPhone 5.

Apple chose to keep the feature list for Remote the same, aside from the version-bumped iTunes support, but rather focused on updating the app's user interface. Users can still control every aspect of iTunes playback on their Mac, and those with an Apple TV maintain the ability to use their iOS device as a remote control and keyboard for the living room media streamer.

The new visual direction matches that of Apple's other iOS media playback apps, namely Music and Videos, and sports a slightly darker blue hue for buttons and list controls. The app also features the same new, flatter icon seen earlier.

Remote's update leaves iBooks, iTunes U, Find My Friends, and Keynote Remote as the only first-party App Store apps that have yet to receive a visual overhaul for iOS 7, release just over one month ago. Keynote Remote is particularly neglected, having not seen an update of any kind since 2011.

Update: Apple on Monday also updated its AirPort Utility app with 64-bit support to take advantage of the iPhone 5s' A7 processor.