The Samsung Galaxy S4, HTC One and LG Optimus G Pro all come with infrared ports to effectively replace your TV remote control, and a patent hints that Apple could be crafting a similar feature. In its patent application titled “Portable Media Player As Remote Control,” Apple describes technology that would allow you to use your iPod to control other electronic devices. The document doesn’t specifically limit this technology to the iPod, but seems to focus on using Apple’s MP3 player to control surrounding stereos and speakers. We can easily see this functionality extending to the iPhone and iPad lines, along with deep integration for the rumored Apple iTV.
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