airmouseproI used to have a much simpler app back in the days of firmware 1.x that used VNC – as a server on the desktop and a viewer on the iPhone. It didn’t show the desktop background on the iPhone but allowed for remote cursor movement and keyboard input. That was free and only available to the brave mass of people who have jailbroken their iPhone at the time. Back then the process was a little more hairy than it is today but I digress.  Before Mobile Air Mouse I really wished they had updated that other app to work on the 3.x firmware but now that I’m done whining I’ll get to the point…

Accelerometer mouse function

Accelerometer mouse function

I found Mobile Air Mouse while looking over top paid iPhone apps on a reviews site (sorry forgot the review link). Although this app has been around for a while, at the time of this writing it was only 1.99 and dare I say the most affordable iPhone -> PC/Mac remote control app I’ve seen – it was well worth it. At first I had trouble getting it to work on my main (Windows) machine but I
quickly figured out that was because I had disabled the Bonjour service. I’ve really never had any use for it, and still technically don’t have to use it now. Mobile Air Mouse just uses it for discovering servers on the network, you still have the option of entering in an IP/Port statically if you choose. Once it was connected all the default settings worked great right out of the box. I only adjusted the Y axis sensitivity slightly higher on the accelerometer version of the mouse. I still stick to the touch pad but I was really impressed with how usable the accelerometer mouse was.

Other than the mouse cursor control, the keyboard and extensive server-side applications control worked flawlessly. There are plenty of options in the server settings that one can easily tweak as far as key commands and applications go. The interface on the iPhone app related to key commands and media functions are sleek and large enough that it would be a moderate challenge to fat finger things too. Since the interface is dark I was able to leave it on through the entire movie and the battery drain was pretty minimal. I’ll be using this for my media PC as the primary method of control.