pearPad is a little application that turns your iPhone/iPod Touch into a remote trackpad and keyboard for your Mac. This comes in handy for example if you connect your Mac to an HDTV to show off some pictures, browse the web, or give a presentation. pearPad gives you almost full control in your palm.

It supports configurable swipe-gestures (quick strokes across the iPhone/iPod Touch screen, for example convenient to quickly switch photos in iPhoto or Aperture), mouse cursor positioning (like a trackpad), scrolling with two fingers, text-entry using the default virtual keyboard, or key-combinations (like Command, Shift, Control) provided by a special onscreen-pad, for example for sending keyboard-shortcuts.

pearPad consists of two parts:

The first part is the application running on the iPhone/iPod Touch, which is available at the AppStore for just under 4 USD.

The second part is the application running on your Mac called pearPad Remote. This application listens to and interprets the commands sent to it by pearPad.

Download pearPadRemote for Leopard here (181kB).

Download pearPadRemote for Tiger here (182kB).

pearPad Remote requires at least MacOS X 10.4.

Once pearPad Remote is launched and activated on your Mac, pearPad on the iPhone / iPod Touch will automatically find your computer in your local network using Bonjour. Of course, you can also specifiy an IP-Address the old fashioned way if you need or want to. Just make sure, your firewall does not block the pearPad port (can be configured too, by default it's UDP 59999).

What pearPad is not:

pearPad is not a VNC solution, it's a plain oneway input mean (i.e. it does not even try to display the screen-content of your Mac on your tiny little mobile device’s screen).

pearPad does not encrypt the input data sent to your Mac - so don't use it for sensitive or top secret data.

pearPad is Mac only, it does not support Windows- or Linux PCs.


Control your Mac from your palm: make your iPhone or iPod Touch a remote trackpad and keyboard.

©2008 pearworks (Walter Ritter)

New version of pearPad Remote (V1.0.1)
August 23rd, 2008, 6:20 pm C.E.T.

What’s new:

_Improves mouse-cursor handling
_Integrated update check

Download the Leopard version here.

Download the Tiger version here.