Better Than a Pacifier, But Not by Much, Fisher-Price Offers iPhone Apptivity Case for Toddlers

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I know many deluded parents will get their toddler the Fisher-Price Laugh and Learn Apptivity Case thinking it's the first step toward raising a millionaire App developer, but come on. Gut check. The kid just likes the shiny shiny, right?

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Besides, he or she is just going to gum it up and use it to hammer plastic nails into the faux wood carpenter's set you got them last Christmas when you hoped their affinity for beating things with other things meant a future as a antique woodworker.

But, please, by all means ignore the cynical blogger, encase your iPhone with this bit of plastic when this launches in October and see an elaborate early retirement future whereas passersby would see an obnoxious, spoiled toddler ruining a perfectly good smartphone. [NYT]

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Fisher-Price completely missed the boat on this one. The case should AT LEAST COVER UP THE HOME BUTTON, or offer the option to (easily done—just make it so it covers up the button with the phone in one orientation and not the other).

One of my biggest gripes with the iP_____ is that there is only one button—which exits whatever application you are in when pressed. And what do infants like to push? BUTTONS! And since Apple seems to be disinclined to allow anyone to modify what the button does, the only way to prevent junior from exiting whatever fun and engaging app you'd like them to use is to somehow disable the home button.