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iPhone developer Nate True has announced his latest project called Wormhole Remote. Nate True is most well known as the creator Tap Tap Revolution during the days before the App Store. Tap Tap Revolution was later acquired by Tapulous and has evolved into the successful Tap Tap Revenge franchise. True has also authored many other jailbreak apps, but this project represents his first official App Store release.

Wormhole offers seamless wireless remote access to your desktop Mac using a Wi-Fi connection. The promise is the ability to move from your desktop computer to your iPad and back seamlessly and quickly while working.

While several VNC remote desktop solutions have been available for the iPhone, Wormhole seems to apply it in a more iPad/iPhone friendly way with individual window views of each of your apps. Instead of navigating an entire Mac OS X desktop interface on your iPad, however, you are able to switch to specific application windows. The application supports all the expected desktop keyboard (control, alt/option) and mouse (single, double, drag) functions. Click for full screenshots:

The first version of the app will be iPad-only and will launch for $5. The iPad version will later be updated for free to a Universal iPhone/iPad version ($7) while an iPhone-only version ($3) is also in the works.

The following developer video shows it in action. The video parodies Apple's own iPad videos. While it was posted on April 1st, we've been assured this is a real product:

Wormhole requires the installation of server software on the Mac to properly serve the windows to your iPad/iPhone. The first version will support Mac OS X Snow Leopard but there are plans to release server software for Windows and Leopard. The first versions will support local Wi-Fi networks only but True is working on optimizing it for 3G/over-the-air access. Wormhole for iPad has been submitted to the App Store. More details can be found at WormholeRemote.com.

Article Link: Wormhole Remote to Offer Seamless Desktop Access From iPhone/iPad
 

Friscohoya

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Interesting concept, but the coolest thing to me is the creation of a universal application for iphone/ipad. I hope that means that the ipad version is not a scaled up version of the iphone, but that each is truly a different UI experience that capitalizes on the respective strengths of the chosen hardware.
 
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stridemat

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If its as fluid and easy to use as it appears in the video then this should work very well. Would the speed be adequate over 3G? If so a working lunch in the park sounds very nice.
 
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quinney

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if the connection is fast enough, wouldn't this be a way for people who think they will die without flash content to view it through their desktop browser, remotely on their iPad?
 
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*LTD*

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Looks a lot like Jaadu. Right down to the "wormhole" image. Not really a ripoff, but it's surprising nonetheless.
 
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tivoboy

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looks interestgin

This looks interesting. I use logmein for remote use, access and repairs, but for 5$ these guys might fill a void

HANDS DOWN! though, these guys WIN the AWARD for app launch VIDEO! Really great job on the video guys!
 
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Icaras

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The video is pretty funny lol.

Such strange vibes from the speaker...
 
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griz

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Looks a lot like Jaadu. Right down to the "wormhole" image. Not really a ripoff, but it's surprising nonetheless.

That was my first thought. I love that App and am thinking of buying an iPad just to run it to control my Mac mini. Looking forward to seeing what they will release for an iPad version.
Wormhole looks interesting in that each app is served up in its own window.
Keeps down the clutter and need for dragging around windows. Also keeps the scale larger for each app.
 
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natvalente

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That video is awfull.

that video is disgusting, why is it they are trying to make an apple ad? they are actually mimicking the John Ives speaking. its a joke.
great products. ruined by a stupid attempt to brand themselves.
 
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demodave

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Wormhole vs LogMeIn

I'd definitely like to see how this product stacks up against LogMeIn. I downloaded LogMeIn some time ago, but then when I had to pay for it to work (which was not clear from the MacLife promotional email), I kinda decided to bag it. I didn't really appreciate the bait and switch.
 
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Peace

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The video is pretty funny lol.

Such strange vibes from the speaker...

that video is disgusting, why is it they are trying to make an apple ad? they are actually mimicking the John Ives speaking. its a joke.
great products. ruined by a stupid attempt to brand themselves.

All I know is - that video sucked.

That and the name. Wormhole.Sorry it gives me jitters. But I've never been a big fan of VNC anyway so.
 
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paul4339

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The video is pretty funny lol.

Such strange vibes from the speaker...

Lol! I was thinking the same - where did they get the "Jony Ives" actor?

Glad they put those last few seconds at the end of the commercial as a reminder it's an intentional joke.

Looks likes a neat product, though.

P.
 
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natetrue

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Just to clear things up

Hi everybody! Just want to clear a couple things up:

- The video was intentionally over the top, as kind of a spoof.
- Right now Wormhole Remote is focused on local network access only. 3G and over-the-Internet access is a feature planned for the future, and I promise that it will be easy and seamless to use with no firewall configuration necessary.
 
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chaseerry

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Application looks fantastic. The iPad really seems to be gaining steam going into this weekend with all of these App announcements. Very nice stuff!
 
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neutrino23

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It will be interesting to see how the networking operates. I've had problems with the iPhone remotes that rely on WiFi. They work fine at home where I can control the network. When I get to a hotel or some other place like that I can't form a reliable connection. I suspect that the public routers don't allow ad hoc networks. There is a solution in there just waiting to see the light of day.
 
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Peace

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Hi everybody! Just want to clear a couple things up:

- The video was intentionally over the top, as kind of a spoof.
- Right now Wormhole Remote is focused on local network access only. 3G and over-the-Internet access is a feature planned for the future, and I promise that it will be easy and seamless to use with no firewall configuration necessary.

Thanks for clearing that up. So does this mean it might have copy functions ?
 
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