Monday, July 21, 2008

The family's newest home computer

The experiment that started with the iPod touch as a home computer has been given a swift kick in the rear with Apple's latest software update.

We use it to control our iTunes players that stream to multiple speaker packages in the house (I'd been waiting for this for a while!)

Both the 6 year old and 4 year old enjoy appropriate game content and are really good at sharing and playing games together.

There are some apps that have UI issues IMHO, but when the kids run into the same problems, then I KNOW these UI issues are real. I wonder how many app developers run their UI's past children as a test. I know it works in our house! ;-)

It would be really nice if the Touch had speakers on it ala the iPhone so the kids could play without headphones all the time and for games they play together. It would also be nice to have better control over apps and turn the machine into "kid mode" and keep them from settings, mail, safari, etc.

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