wifi controlled quad using iphone as a transmitter

I was browsing through a few forum and I like the idea of using the iphone as the transmitter and control the quad. But I am not sure where to start from. I have got a few questions (which may be silly):

1. What kind of a receiver can you use to control the quad?

2. Can I try this kind of a thing in Hardware in the Loop simulation (HILS)? If yes, then what are the additional shields required for the APM board?

 It is a really cool thing to work on, but I really don't know where to start from. I could really use some help to get started.

Thank you!

Kate

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