New iPad Heat Issues Likely No Sweat, Experts Say
Some new tests confirm the latest version of the iPad might run a little hotter than its predecessor. NY1's Adam Balkin filed the following report.
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It's become an almost predictable song and dance: Apple releases a new product, some new users go online and report a common issue with it, the mainstream media picks up on the story, and then as was the case with the antenna issue for the iPhone 4, now there's
a concern the new iPad may get too hot.
Consumer Reports recently performed an independent test that confirms the issue.
"We took a sophisticated game, Infinity Blade II and we ran the game continuously on these devices for 45 minutes and at the end of that time the temperature was as high as 116 degrees. And that was about 12 degrees warmer than we found in the comparable tests with the iPad 2. What our tests also confirmed though is that we don't think this is a serious safety concern for people," said Paul Reynolds of Consumer Reports.
Consumer Reports adds that unless it's being used outside on a hot sunny day, it shouldn't cause the device to overheat.
And it seems many in the tech industry agree.
While the heat issue may be something different and unexpected at this point they wouldn't necessarily call it a fatal flaw.
Tech website CNET is also running tests that it says found the device does run a bit hotter, but again really only noticeable during extended time running a graphically high-end video game.
"In this case you're trying to jam just a lot of cutting edge technology into basically the same space you had before it's slightly bigger but when you expect that it's going to run a little hotter. You know, it's a little bit exaggerated. Apple has to start worrying if the devices start shutting down en mass and that's the real problem," said David Carnoy of CNET.com.
Apple did release a statement saying the new iPad does run within its thermal specifications and that if customers have any concerns, they should contact AppleCare.