The new iPad is hot stuff. Literally

The new iPad is hot stuff. LiterallyThe launch of a new iDevice wouldn’t be the same without some sort of technical issue grabbing the headlines. In the past we’ve had dead pixels, yellow hues, and not forgetting Antennagate.

Now we’re hearing – by way of the Apple Support Communities – that the new iPad gets kinda hot while in use. Shocking.

The thread begins: “Just got my new iPad. I'm loving the screen and speed but there's something weird about it. It gets rather warm/hot after 30minutes of usage. It has never happened on my iPad 2.”

Cue: lots of similar posts, including one chap who explains that his “new iPad is warm, but definitely not in any way hot”, while the OP reveals that he “might have exaggerated a little”.

The responses are varied, with some users reporting no noticable heat whatsoever, and others claiming that the new iPad is so hot that it’s uncomfortable to hold.

The bottom left of the new iPad in particular is said to house the hotness, with GPU-intensive tasks being one possible cause. The new iPad, of course, rocks a dual-core processor, quad-core GPU and a big fat battery, so a little heat doesn’t surprise us.

I’ll finally be unleashing my new iPad this afternoon. In the meantime, has anyone else experienced the new iPad heat problem thingy?

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4 comments

mrew42  Mar. 20, 2012 at 14:07

iHeat - it's a new feature :)

jmarcelino  Mar. 20, 2012 at 14:19

It's already been tested, http://www.reghardware.com/2012/03/20/confirmed_apple_new_ipad_3_runs_hotter_than_ipad_2/

Temperature of the case when the CPU is at full blast reads 33.6C. We get warmer weather than that even in the UK.

MDrX  Mar. 20, 2012 at 15:40

5ºC warmer than iPad 2 with a far larger battery, pretty hefty graphics processing and that mental screen. Sounds fair enough

Pondlife  Mar. 20, 2012 at 20:04

Temperature of the case when the CPU is at full blast reads 33.6C. We get warmer weather than that even in the UK.

What was the ambient temperature though for the test.


Guessing that some must be getting warmer than that for people to be picking up on this issue though.

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