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What the iPad Pro Could Mean for Kids

Screen Shot 2015-09-09 at 11.07.29 AMThe iPad Pro was announced today. What are the implications for children’s apps?

We’ve already seen preschool installations of large screen Microsoft Surface, and the large Android-based Nabi.

And of course we know that kids love collaborative play at the water and sand table. How could you use a large, affordable retinal display?

It turns out that our sketch documenting the dimensions was quite accurate.

To visualize the size, find any 13 inch laptop and look at the screen. Draw a line down the center, and you get roughly get two iPad mini‐sized screens.  This might be important because you could run two complimentary apps at once. For children, such a device might be better for:

Such a device could be very useful for synchronous use by several children (aka “huddleware.”)  In addition, Apple released a $100 stylus.

  • A new genre of social multi‐player activities like hunting for hidden items on the screen, racing to pop bubbles, rubbing the fog from a view. There could be both cooperative and competitive modes where a larger screen would be helpful.
  • Co‐viewing videos.
  • Stylus based activities, for higher resolution play.
  • a larger viewfinder, for an easier‐to‐share camera & facetime experience. Teachers might be able to use this for replaying a field trip.
  • Better looking ebook pages, with an automatically larger, easier to read font.

Apple says the iPad will be in stores “November 2014″ starting around $850.
Stay tuned.

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One Response to "What the iPad Pro Could Mean for Kids"

  1. Anna says:

    iPad for kids? Maybe need secure softwares?

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