Alfred for iOS is a second-screen desktop taskmaster

OS X Yosemite brought with it a new Spotlight; one that's a bit smarter, more contextual, and exceedingly more useful than its predecessor. It's not quite the one-stop monster some want, though, and for that there's Alfred. The Spotlight replacement app takes what Spotlight does and gives it a Red Bull. With some configuration, you can set up keyboard shortcuts for just about any task or series of tasks. Now, Alfred is coming to iOS, and wants to be your second-screen taskmaster.

Rather than control your iPad or iPhone, Alfred is trying to control your desktop from your other devices. Paired over WiFi, Alfred Remote (the apps' name) can perform a ton of functions with the push of a button, not a keyboard shortcut.

It's a clever workaround for power users, but also occupies a niche few will need outside of that demographic. Between the iOS app's cost ($4.99) and the in-app purchase needed to make Alfred for OS X really powerful ($25), it's a $30 spend to control your desktop from a touchscreen.

Still, if you've wanted some sort of smart remote for your desktop — one that can perform functions like emptying the trash or quit all apps and the push of a button — Alfred Remote is hard to look past.

Source: App Store