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There are now a number of apps available for the iPhone that allow you to remotely access your Mac. My favorite of these is RemoteTap, for its ease of use, great set of features, and developer responsiveness.
There are now a number of apps available for the iPhone that allow you to remotely access your Mac. My favorite of these is RemoteTap, for its ease of use, great set of features, and developer responsiveness (I've contacted them with feature suggestions several times, and have always received a timely response).
Before using RemoteTap, you must download a preference pane for your Mac from www.readpixel.com/remotetap. Configuration is pretty simple. Just open System Preferences on your Mac, go to the RemoteTap preference pane, assign a password, enable access, and you're done. The preference pane's Router Plug and Play option makes it easy to enable port forwarding, enabling access from outside your local network.
RemoteTap's List of Macs
RemoteTap works great over Wi-Fi, and, if you've enabled port forwarding, it works over 3G and Edge pretty well too. When you connect to your Mac, its entire screen appears on your iPhone. Pinch and swipe to zoom in and navigate around your Mac. If your Mac has multiple monitors, as mine does, you can access them both. It supports monitors up to 30" in size, and its image clarity is excellent.
Viewing a Remote Mac
Once connected, to click something on your Mac, just tap on it. Now, you may be wondering how you can tap precisely on something as small as your iPhone screen. Well, tap and hold in RemoteTap to display a magnifying glass. Once displayed, navigate it to the desired location and click, double-click, or drag.
Precisely Navigating a Mac
RemoteTap offers a ton of other remote management features too. For instance, it has its own application launcher, which allows you to bring applications to the front, quit them, launch them, and hide them. It provides access to Front Row, serving as a handy virtual remote, and can control presentation software like Keynote. It offers an extended customizable keyboard, complete with modifier keys, shortcuts, and macros (i.e. configurable sequences of keys), allowing you to fully interact with your Mac. It even has an audio feature, which allows you to hear whatever is being picked up by your Mac's built-in microphone.
RemoteTap's Application Launcher
One of RemoteTap's Keyboard Layouts
Controlling Front Row with RemoteTap
RemoteTap has saved me numerous times while traveling, by allowing me to connect to my Mac at home over 3G and copy files to my iDisk, forward myself emails, and much more. I highly recommend it for any iPhone user with a Mac at home.