Thursday, 6 June 2013

LeapFrog LeapPad Ultra - Is This the LeapPad 3?

We've been waiting for news on a new LeapFrog LeapPad model. The LeapPad is a learning tablet for young kids with a focus on learning to read and write.

Today engadget has reported on a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) teardown of the LeapPad Ultra, this is a step in getting ready to market the product.

Update: LeapPad Ultra announced

From the available images this looks like an upgrade on the LeapPad 2 rather than a radically new device. It still has a slot for cartridges. This looks like good news for existing LeapPad owners as it means that new content is likely to work on their devices too.

My younger son has a LeapPad 2 which he's rather fond of and it's a great device for little kids so I'm interested to see what LeapPad have planned for this year.

The LeapPad Ultra user manual made available on the FCC site mentions the following new features:

  • Wi-fi: Parents can purchase digital content direct from the device. (Bringing the device in line with the competing VTech InnoTab 2.)
  • Wish list: Kids can view trailers and build a wishlist on the LeapPad.
  • Parental controls PIN number (important when buying from the device is possible)
  • Peer-to-peer interaction when two LeapPad Ultra devices are together.
LeapFrog have previously announced the new LeapReader pen for this year which is due out it July. The LeapPad Ultra is likely to appear soon afterwards in plenty of time for the holidays.

Source: FCC via engadget

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