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.