Disney Pixar’s new iPad app is aimed at very young children. As such, it does not have any social network features. But, as I played with the interactive story app, it occurred to me that there is a social aspect that Disney should explore in the near future. But, first, about the app itself.
Cars 2 World Grand Prix Read and Race
The $6.99 narrated story book app moves beyond the puzzles interaction mode seen in their apps designed for toddlers. This app is for slightly older children and features the ability to modify cars (paint, add components, etc.) and, at the end of the book, a racing game that make uses the iPad’s accelerometer to race the car around one of several tracks.
Now, regarding the social part. Looking back on the days when my own child was very young, I remember being on the road a lot and getting updates (including first words) over the phone. Looking at this app in particular, I can imagine children would want to share their various car modifications with parents, grandparents and uncles and aunts who are not close by. There is no option to email directly from the app (for obvious reasons). A parent could take a screenshot and email that for the child. But, it seems to me that there should be a way for very young children to safely share their creations from apps like these with a small well-defined family social network. Disney, are you listening?
Note: Disney Pixar provided a copy of the app for evaluation purposes.