Believe It or Not, This Is an iPhone Universal RemoteS

What to do when Apple's abandoned its remote app and you don't want to gum up your dock connector with an adapter? Well, UnityRemote's a great start: an infrared hub that turns iPhones and iPads into a 360-degree universal remote.

Believe It or Not, This Is an iPhone Universal RemoteS

It's an elegant solution from GEAR4: the hub communicates with a free app on your iOS device via Bluetooth and uses five infrared emitters to locate the TV, radio, DVD player, etc. of your choice.
The UnityRemote may be a bit more expensive than some bulkier options—$100 for the hub—but the ease of use might just make it worth it. It should be available this October. [GEAR4 via Cult of Mac]