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New iPad Runs 10°F Hotter than iPad 2; Apple Says It's Cool

By - Source: Tweakers.net | B 51 comments

If you can't take the heat ... call AppleCare.

Since the iPad's launch four days ago, the tech industry is comparing every aspect of the device to its predecessor, the iPad 2. Aside from the obvious differences (the quad-core graphics, retina display, double the RAM, and massive battery), we've already learned that the iPad 3 is a little bit heavier and a little bit thicker than the iPad 2. Now we also know that it runs a whopping 10 degrees hotter than the last iteration of Apple's tablet.

According to Tweakers.net, after five minutes of running GLBenchmark, an infrared camera showed that the new iPad reached temperatures of 92.5 Fahrenheit. This is compared to the iPad 2's temperature of 82.9 degrees under the same conditions. Now, 10 degrees Fahrenheit is negligible but as far as Apple is concerned, this isn't something people should be worried about. In a statement sent to All Things D, the company said:

"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."

Apple didn't say what its thermal specifications were so we have no way of knowing just how close the iPad 3 is to being 'too hot.' And, while the iPad 3 may still be within the safe zone, we're sure users who have owned both will notice the 10-degree difference.

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    devBunny , March 21, 2012 11:25 AM
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    Now we also know that it runs a whopping 10 degrees hotter than the last iteration of Apple's tablet.


    Yeah, 10 degrees!! Burns units to be alerted. :-O

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    Now, 10 degrees Fahrenheit is negligible


    Yeah, only a measly 10 degrees. You wouldn't even notice. There's no story here.

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    a whopping 10 degrees hotter


    No, you're right. This is major!

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    10 degrees Fahrenheit is negligible


    Aaaggh. Make your mind up. :-S
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    Anonymous , March 21, 2012 11:13 AM
    Blast from the past....

    "You are holding it wrong!"

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    ubercake , March 21, 2012 11:50 AM
    What you say doesn't matter. The people that buy this over-priced junk are spoon-fed their thoughts through Apple.
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  • 20 Hide
    Anonymous , March 21, 2012 11:13 AM
    Blast from the past....

    "You are holding it wrong!"

  • 30 Hide
    devBunny , March 21, 2012 11:25 AM
    Quote:
    Now we also know that it runs a whopping 10 degrees hotter than the last iteration of Apple's tablet.


    Yeah, 10 degrees!! Burns units to be alerted. :-O

    Quote:
    Now, 10 degrees Fahrenheit is negligible


    Yeah, only a measly 10 degrees. You wouldn't even notice. There's no story here.

    Quote:
    a whopping 10 degrees hotter


    No, you're right. This is major!

    Quote:
    10 degrees Fahrenheit is negligible


    Aaaggh. Make your mind up. :-S
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    icepick314 , March 21, 2012 11:25 AM
    well...at least it'll make a nice handwarmer during winter...

    too bad it's spring going into summer...

    wonder if there's going to be problems later down the road when there is heat buildup when using various cases with rising temperatures due to weather?
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    del35 , March 21, 2012 11:37 AM
    Ummm, the article forgot to mention this:

    Users who snapped up the just-released slate are reportedly experiencing an abnormal amount of heat being produced by the device, causing some units to shut down and display the message: “iPad needs to cool down before you can use it”
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    sporkimus , March 21, 2012 11:48 AM
    It might only be 10 degrees, but keep in mind that with a system running hotter, it'll be more prone to overheating and shutting down... especially with summer creeping closer.
  • 15 Hide
    ubercake , March 21, 2012 11:50 AM
    What you say doesn't matter. The people that buy this over-priced junk are spoon-fed their thoughts through Apple.
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    billybobser , March 21, 2012 11:56 AM
    "It just works", though apparently not when it's transformed into a toaster.

    Though it was obviously coming, just cranking up the tdp of the chip and making everything bigger with no actual component improvement is going to cause that.

    This Ipad is shocking, even compared to Apple's usual tricks.
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    g00fysmiley , March 21, 2012 12:17 PM
    without signifigant node shrinks the mroe powerful we want our handheld and portable devices the closer we come to the point where passive cooling isn't going to cut it. that or add alot of copper or other highly conductive matrial to help passivly cool it resulting in a thicker device. dont' know how many people would want a fan on a phone, but on a tablelet as long as its quiet i would actuall want coling to make sure my device lasted
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    memadmax , March 21, 2012 12:24 PM
    I would think it was because of the beefier batteries and those same batteries are still being charged atm......

    Will take a few days for them to charge up from all the use.

    ^.^
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    A Bad Day , March 21, 2012 12:43 PM
    I'm fairly sure someone is going to put a thick rubber protective case over the iPad 3, and then use it when the outside temperature is over 90 F.
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    zak_mckraken , March 21, 2012 1:01 PM
    Introducing the new iPad3*

    *Warning : The iPad3 has been deemed unsafe for operationnal use under the 45th parallel.
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    gwwerner , March 21, 2012 1:18 PM
    From the WSJ: "Consumer Reports said the new iPad can get as hot as 116 degrees Fahrenheit while performing processor-intensive tasks such as playing videogames for an extended period while plugged in." That's getting up there. Owners might need to put it on a laptop cooling pad instead of directly on their lap.
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    killerclick , March 21, 2012 1:28 PM
    What's this °F? lrn2 metric
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    freggo , March 21, 2012 1:42 PM
    This should be a HOT seller in winter and/or in Canada :-)
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    Hupiscratch , March 21, 2012 1:44 PM
    92.5 °F = 33.6 °C
    82.9 °F = 28.3 °C
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    shardey , March 21, 2012 1:49 PM
    Someone should make a case for it to dissipate heat better and offer it to the customers who complain about it. Other than that, you are asking for Apple to issue an update to constrain the performance so these people may be happy. I own a MBP and trust me, it can easily jump to temperatures that do not feel comfortable to the touch, at all. My solution was to reapply thermal paste and it help significantly. In this case, it wouldn't be apparent.
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    jaquith , March 21, 2012 2:12 PM
    This is a bunch of crapola, your skin temperature is about 33 °C or 91 °F. Running some oddball benchmark means zip. I like my 'new iPad and haven't noticed any differences. If that bothers anyone then you're a baby -- go away.

    The reason it is slightly heavier and thicker is due to added battery size from additional drain by the 4-core GPU and added 4G LTE to keep the battery life the same.
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    A Bad Day , March 21, 2012 2:36 PM
    jaquithThis is a bunch of crapola, your skin temperature is about 33 °C or 91 °F. Running some oddball benchmark means zip. I like my 'new iPad and haven't noticed any differences. If that bothers anyone then you're a baby -- go away.The reason it is slightly heavier and thicker is due to added battery size from additional drain by the 4-core GPU and added 4G LTE to keep the battery life the same.


    I'd like for you to sit in a room that is heated at 91 °F. Trust me, it will not feel comfortable.
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    shardey , March 21, 2012 2:44 PM
    A Bad DayI'd like for you to sit in a room that is heated at 91 °F. Trust me, it will not feel comfortable.

    Thats almost pushing the threshold for operating room temperature. Plus sitting in a 91º F room is uncomfortable already.
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    Anonymous , March 21, 2012 2:49 PM
    Its all part of the plan.

    If anyone bothers to complain (most will not) apple will replace your ipad with a refurbished ipad. Then they will send your ipad to foxconn where 2 workers must spit shine every ipad return worldwide. The ipad then becomes a refurbished unit, to be sold at a minor discount or given to anyone who complains. If you are very lucky they might even wipe your data!
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