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In the remote that comes with Apple TV, if you pair it with a mac, you'd be able to press and hold the play/pause button and your mac will go to sleep. Is there a way to do the same with iPhone/iPad Remote app?

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Not out of the box, but there might be an app for that. What I would recommend is simply installing a VNC app on both devices - something like TeamViewer or LogMeIn. Then, you can use your iPhone to navigate the system menu like you normally would.

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If you just need the sleep/wake function, you may want to take a look at iNet WOL, which does a great job. It's the little brother of iNet Pro, a much more extensive network tool for the iPhone.

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I use Screens and Prompt to manage my macs remotely (whether it's the couch or from afar).

The little command osascript -e 'tell application "System Events" to sleep' can be mapped to a function key or alias in your shell and will sleep the mac no matter how it gets called.

Screens: Using the mouse itself requires no setup or you could customize a gesture to activate a Function key that calls the script to automate things a bit.

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Yes, you can search different alternatives on the iTunes Store. I've used jfcontrol in the past with great success. Not the prettiest application, but it deliver. You need a small (very small) server installed on the machine (it's just a little app that runs on the Menu Bar). Pretty much all these apps need a small server.

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I have too many apps in my menu bar already, was avoiding to add another one... –  Enrico Susatyo Jul 22 '11 at 1:13
    
Yeah, me too, but to be honest, I don't run the server at all times, only when I know I will need to. I.e.: if I'm going to watch a movie or something, then I simply load the daemon. It's instant and since I use launchbar, its probably 5 keystrokes away (no joke). ;) –  Martín Marconcini Jul 22 '11 at 8:59
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