iPad charging issue: When is 100% not 100%?

iPad charging issue: When is 100% not 100%?Right, if you're one of those iPad owners (the new iPad... iPad 3, you know, that one) and you're a bit paranoid about your charge getting to 100%, then chillax: Cupertino says you can let go and breathe out. All is good.

There's been a load of blabber over the past week about when the battery is full, is it really full? One expert found that even after your iPad says it's 100% full, it's still charging.

Cue conspiracy theories, Apple haters saying 'told you so' and Apple fanboys going ape, and our good selves being labelled as being both.

Anyway, AllthingsD have sorted the issue for us by getting it straight from the horses mouth. Here's the thing: when your iPad says it's 100% charged, it actually is only almost 100% charged. What it then does is discharge a little and top itself up, discharge a little and top itself up and so on so forth to keep the battery in an optimum state.

Said Apple VP for iPad Marketing, Michael Tchao: “That circuitry is designed so you can keep your device plugged in as long as you would like. It’s a great feature that’s always been in iOS.”

So that's OK then! Now just got to sort out the heat issue.

Via AllthingsD

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15 comments

blizzard7  Mar. 28, 2012 at 10:46

In b4 "This is not news".

martinjjames / MOD  Mar. 28, 2012 at 10:54

In b4 "This is not news".


And to get the response out the way too: "this is not Wired"

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 28, 2012 at 11:16

Hahaha

Damn, if this isn't wired, who've I been working for all these...1 year? Emma?

Pondlife  Mar. 28, 2012 at 14:01

Didn't we do this last week?

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 28, 2012 at 14:44

Didn't we do this last week?

This is the "awesome update" v2.0

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 28, 2012 at 16:17

Now just got to sort out the heat issue.

Oooooh.... controversial comment there ;).

blizzard7  Mar. 28, 2012 at 16:35

Now just got to sort out the heat issue.

Oooooh.... controversial comment there ;).


To be fair, there's not much Apple can do about this heatwave over Britain. That's what he meant right?

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 28, 2012 at 16:37

I hope Apple can't fix the heatwave...it's lovely weather!

jmarcelino  Mar. 28, 2012 at 16:56

I laughed at the pathetic troll bait :)

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 28, 2012 at 17:01

I laughed at the pathetic troll bait :)

Who's troll bait, mine or Phil's :p?

jmarcelino  Mar. 28, 2012 at 17:09

You made a statement, not a troll bait :p

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 28, 2012 at 17:12

Damn....I need to go and find my troll net, apparently the good weather brings them out of hibernation ;).

jmarcelino  Mar. 28, 2012 at 20:25

I think it brings out trolling mods as well ;)

Anyway, now that no one is reading this anymore, Apple's answer doesn't actually explain what the Display guy was seeing. He said he saw current flowing into the iPad for an hour extra and then STOP (in his multimeter or whatever he was using).

By Apple's description this wouldn't stop.

But apparently everyone is happy with Apple's answer - from a VP of product marketing no less - and the weather is in fact nice, so I'll leave the boring discussion of lithium charging profiles to another time :)

Pondlife  Mar. 28, 2012 at 21:09

I did wonder about that but decided not to mention it.

blizzard7  Mar. 28, 2012 at 21:48


But apparently everyone is happy with Apple's answer - from a VP of product marketing no less - and the weather is in fact nice, so I'll leave the boring discussion of lithium charging profiles to another time :)


I'll try to contain my excitement. ;)

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