Is The New iPad Too Hot to Handle?

4:52 PM, Mar 20, 2012   |    comments
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McLean, VA (USA Today) --

Update at 3:18 p.m. ET: The new iPad can run as much as 13 degrees hotter than the iPad 2 when running an action game, based on a series of tests run by Consumer Reports.

The consumer website tested the tablets by running the game Infinity Blade II uninterrupted for 45 minutes while plugged in and propped on a Smart Cover.

Using a thermal imaging camera, Consumer Reports found the new iPad recorded a temperature of 116 degrees, and 113 degrees when the tablet was unplugged.

"When it was at its hottest, it felt very warm but not especially uncomfortable if held for a brief period," says Donna L. Tapellini of Consumer Reports in a blog post.

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First, there was the iPhone 4 and antenna troubles, followed by the iPhone 4S and reported issues with the battery.

Now, the new iPad is facing some questions on whether the tablet might be generating too much heat.

It started with a series of discussions on the Apple support forums, where several users reported the third-generation iPad might have heat-related problems.

"Mine seems to get very warm ... much more so than my original or my iPad 2," writes user Grandparr on the forum.

"Mine does get warm on the lower left side," writes user Paranoid-Android. "Not super hot, but uncomfortably warm."

It's unclear whether this is just a case of the device generating more heat than earlier iPad models or if this has resulted in more serious issues.

Apple is downplaying the concerns about the iPad's temperature.

"The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications," says the company. "If customers have any concerns, they should contact AppleCare."

Meanwhile, according to Bloomberg, Consumer Reports is investigating the heat issue, and is expected to publish their test results on Tuesday.

A spokesman for the consumer review site tells Bloomberg they will perform a thermal imaging analysis and check with health experts to determine any potential health risks.

Since launching last Friday, the iPad has jumped to a record start. Apple says they sold 3 million iPads in the first three days.

Readers, have you noticed any heat issues related to the new iPad? Share them below.


By Brett Molina, USA Today

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