iPhone 5 To Have Universal Remote Functionalities?

Before Apple takes control of our living rooms with the highly rumoured Apple TV, the company is setting the stage to offer its other devices a chance to lead the attack. According to a recent report from Patently Apple, the company is looking to offer the universal remote control feature to iPhones and possibly iPads.

The team from Patently Apple describes how the new patent once integrated in the next generation iPads and iPhones would work: "you take a photo of your current TV remote and it sends it to iCloud for analysis. It then sends a "virtual copy" of your remote, functionality and all, to your iPhone."

Such iOS based remote controls could be used to configure more than home entertainment systems with its array of audio and video equipment, but also home automation systems, including lighting, doors, as well as temperature.

However, if Apple intends to release universal control functionality for iPhones and iPads along with the new Apple TV, some tech writers are wondering if Apple doesn't have some intriguing and inconvenient strategy.

Would future users of Apple TV have to own other Apple products in order to control their new electronics in the living room?