Apple Takes Heat for iPad Temperature

by Matt Klassen on March 21, 2012

Coinciding perhaps with Apple enthusiasts catching up on the sleep they missed standing in line to purchase the latest gadget from the Cupertino company, or perhaps simply a measure of how long it takes for people to be roused from their Apple marketing induced hypnosis, its not uncommon for customers to begin to find faults with their new Apple devices in the days following the release of the latest cutting edge tech, and the new iPad is no different.

Over the weekend the story broke that Apple’s new iPad has a problem, it runs hot…significantly hotter than its iPad 2 predecessor in fact. The findings, confirmed by several tech sites around the world using a myriad of temperature recording devices, initially sparked controversy, with many speculating that Apple, much like it did with the iPhone 4 antenna issue, screwed up yet again (perhaps we can find some poor overworked Foxconn employee to blame while we’re at it).

But now that we’ve all had a few days to simmer down, is the fact that the new iPad runs hot really an issue, or are we all simply looking for the world’s most successful tablet brand to finally fall from grace?

During a conference call this past weekend during which Apple CEO Tim Cook unveiled the company’s plans for spending some of its vast riches, he confirmed that Apple experienced a record opening weekend for its new iPad, the hottest new piece of tech on the market…although hot in more ways than one.

It didn’t take long for customers to begin noticing a distinct increase in temperature when using the new iPad for any prolonged amount of time, an issue first confirmed by tech site Tweakers.net. Using infrared cameras, the website tested the running temperature of both the iPad 2 and the new iPad, discovering that the latter runs almost a full 10 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than its predecessor (92.5 degrees compared to the iPad 2’s temperature benchmark of 82.9).

While in the past Apple has acknowledged some of these issues, once again the iPhone 4 antenna issue comes to mind, there’s no sign that Apple sees anything untoward about this heat issue. In company’s official statement from Trudy Muller in Apple’s PR department is as follows:

“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. If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare.”

Simply put, Apple has designed the new iPad to run in a temperature range between 32 and 95 degrees Fahrenheit, meaning that while 92.9 degrees is certainly hotter than the iPad 2, it’s still operating within established perimeters and thus there’s simply nothing to worry about…unless you have an aversion to warm hands I suppose.

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Written by: Matt Klassen. www.digitcom.ca. Follow TheTelecomBlog.com by: RSS, Twitter, Facebook, or YouTube.

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