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Theory: iPad Mini Could Be Priced At $199 And Here’s Why

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I was beating my head all weekend trying to figure out how Apple could sell its much anticipated new iPad Mini for a competitive price without compromising the higher end price of the new iPod Touch line.

Well. as in all things, the solution is simple. Ridiculously simple actually.

Here is my theory: the iPad Mini will indeed be a consumption device but more than that it will be purely an Apple consumption device.

Similar to the strong ties Amazon has achieved between their Kindle line and Amazon products, the iPad Mini will be used to purchase Movies, Music, newly-defined Apps and Games only through ITunes.

Additionally, books will be available via only via iBooks and Podcasts via the Podcast App.

And there you have it in a nutshell. Yes, you will see the popular apps like Facebook and Twitter; after all, they have established a strong partnership with Apple.

But, at the end of the day, this iPad Mini will be an aggressive move to push all of Apple’s products, like iBooks, to the forefront.

The iPad Mini, at a lower cost than its full-sized parent, will be the vehicle to drive sales of media, music, books and apps through the roof.

What do you think? Does this theory sit well with you? Please share your comments.

A Charlie Brown Christmas For The iPad/IPhone/IPod Touch Takes You On a Magical Journey

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A couple of nights ago, I was feeling the Christmas spirit and decided to spend $6.99 for the A Charlie Brown Christmas IPad App.

And a better way to blow seven bucks I have yet to encounter!

This classic Charlie Brown tale magically comes alive via the wonders of Apple technology and Loud Crow Interactive.

It is a brilliantly conceived interactive book, resplendent with animated features and personal involvement.

Produced by Loud Crow Interactive, creators of PopOut! The Tale Of Peter Rabbit and PopOut! The Night Before Christmas, this Charlie Brown classic takes on a beautiful and meaningful experience when viewed on the IPad.

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It is also available for the IPhone and IPod Touch but, truth be told, one will more fully appreciate this interactive storybook when viewed on a larger screen.

And, for all the non-Apple consumers, this storybook is also available on Android and Amazon devices.

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We all grew up with this storybook and now you can share this seasonal tale with your children and grandchildren in a new and meaningful way.

This book offers so much: one can play Schroeder’s piano, finger paint with the gang, go carolling with the Peanuts choir, and participate in the Spectacular Super-Colossal Neighborhood Christmas Lights and Display Contest to unlock decorations for your very own Charlie Brown Christmas Tree!

Check out the trailer below and empty that spare change in your pocket to purchase this book. You will immediately be thankful that you did! And your children will enjoy many hours reveling in the glow of this beautiful story.

App Store Link

A Review Of Arcana Studio’s Interactive Mobile 3D App, The Gwaii

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IPad specific interactive books and learning material for children of all ages are evolving at a rapid pace.

With each new release, the interactive ingredients of the content push the envelope further and further, challenging the imaginations of both the publishers and the consumers.

An example of this is the recent release of Arcana Studios’ 3D comic, The Gwaii. Read the rest of this entry

A Review Of Jack And The Beanstalk Interactive Storybook App

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Developers are barely skimming the surface when it comes to producing stellar IPad Apps for children. There aren’t too many that have that “wow” factor.

But, every day new apps surface and I discover some old gems as well.

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