The iPhone 4: A Parenting Dream Come True?

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Several months ago, I questioned whether iPhone apps for toddlers were brilliant or brutal. I wondered if perhaps my son's ability to entertain himself electronically was a step in the wrong direction. What ever happened to good ol' fashioned blocks?! 

But as he gets older, and somehow he continues to wake up earlier, the invention of the iPhone and his excitement and ease with maneuvering apps like Shape Builder, Balloon Lite, and even my camera, has made me give up and give in. This toddler is going to be the new generation of all things technical, and frankly, if letting him scroll through the alphabet on a mini computer screen keeps him from freaking out at a doctor's appointment (or at 6am when mommy's not quite coherent yet), then, have at it, kid.

Have I mentioned that after I purchased the iPhone 3Gs, I bequeathed my iTouch to him? We're that technologically advanced (or screwed up. Depending the way you see it).

The point is, yesterday, Apple unveiled their new iPhone 4, saying it's "the biggest leap we've taken' since the first model. The phone will come in two colors -- black and white -- and will go on sale June 24 in the United States and four other countries. It will cost $199 for 16GB of storage and $299 for 32GB.

Some of the many awesome functions that in my mind, make this a mommy must have and even parenting a tad easier are:

    •    A front-facing camera for video conferencing, and the camera on the back will have an LED flash, Jobs said. The phone will have a 5 megapixel camera with a backside illuminated sensor, which he said is fairly new to smartphones. It also will have a 5X digital zoom.
    •    Video chat capability with other iPhone 4s called "Face time." The feature will work seamlessly between iPhone 4s anywhere there is a Wi-Fi connection, he said.
    •    An iMovie app for the iPhone that would allow users to shoot, edit and share movies from the "device you carry in your pocket everyday." The iMovie app will cost $4.99.
    •    The new phone will also have better battery life, including seven hours of talk time on 3G -- about two hours more than the iPhone 3GS -- and 10 hours of web browsing on Wi-Fi. (this is perfect for long trips when your child will be using your apps like crazy!)

I don't know about you, but I'm sold. Tell us YOUR thoughts about toddlers and technology here!