Monday, March 19, 2012

Does the new iPad have a heat problem?

All iPads have had heat problems. But the new iPad may have a unique issue due to the larger battery and chip.

Heat has come up as an issue with previous iPads. So, that's not news. But the new iPad may have, in select cases, its own unique heat problems.

User forum postings (here and here) and a report seem to point to heat as an issue for select users.

The problem area--based on forum links above--seems to be the a hot-spot in the lower left corner of the unit.

In the worst case, the iPad shuts down and a message pops up, saying "the iPad needs to cool down," according to a Next Web report (link above).

That seems to be extremely rare, however. And one user who claimed to have the problem was using it in direct sunlight. Let's be clear: that can cause problems for any electronic device.

The third-generation iPad integrates both a larger battery and a faster (and reportedly larger) chip. Those are significant differences from the iPad 2. So, it inevitably gets warm. And like all Apple iOS mobile products it does not have a fan.

Anecdotal reports on launch day have pointed out that the new iPad can get a little toasty.

But this issue has come up with both the iPad 1 (here) and iPad 2 (here). There were reports of the "cool down" message on the iPad 2 also.

Moreover, note that user comments sometimes confuse overheating with the unit just getting warm.

The operating temperature range is listed on the iPad's spec page as 32 degrees to 95 degrees F (0 degrees to 35 degrees C).

Apple representatives did not immediately respond to a request from comment.

Brooke Crothers writes about mobile computer systems, including laptops, tablets, and smartphones: how they define the computing experience and the hardware that makes them tick. He has served as an editor at large at CNET News and a contributing reporter to The New York Times' Bits and Technology sections. His interest in things small began when living in Tokyo in a very small apartment for a very long time. He is a member of the CNET Blog Network and is not an employee of CNET. Disclosure.

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