Apple Releases TV Ad; Apps to Make Your Season Bright

Apple is trying to spread some holiday cheer with its new iPhone TV ad   The ad shows a man dressed in a Santa Claus suit using Facetime to speak with his son who is hiding under the covers of his bed.  The man’s garage is staged as a toy workshop.  The child is overjoyed to discuss his wish list through a video chat.  So much for taking the kids to see the mall Santa.

 The App Store is awash with Christmas apps.  E-book versions of  A Christmas Carol and The Night Before Christmas abound, as well as themed favorites of popular games like Angry Birds and Cut the Rope.  Here are some interactive ways to get in the holiday spirit:

Talking Santa (99 cents) - A 3D animated Santa repeats your every word.  Kids love to make him utter bathroom phrases.  You can poke, prod and throw snowballs at the jolly old elf.

iLookChristmas (free) – Force the “bah, humbug” out of even your Scrooge-iest friends by embellishing their photos.  Dress them as Santa, a reindeer or elf.  Add presents, greetings, and/or snowflakes.

Star Walk 5 Astronomy Guide Christmas Edition ($2.99 for the iPhone/iPod version, $4.99 for the iPad) - The Christmas update for this award winning app allows eager astronomers to track Santa on Christmas Eve.

Chrimbell (free) – Become an entire handbell choir and ring out a selection of holiday favorites, no skill required.  Just shake and the correct tone rings.

Creative devs have also released several Christmas themes and sliders, available in the Cydia store.  LockSnowfall is a free app that sends snowflakes drifiting down over the lockscreen. It\’s Christmas replaces the native app icons, as well as Cydia’s and Winterboard’s, with Santas, snowflakes, presents and other images.

Check after the break for screenshots.  Add your favorite holiday apps in the comments!

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