US nonprofit product testing group Consumer Reports reported that the new-generation iPad with its more powerful processor hit temperatures as high as 116 degrees Fahrenheit, particularly when running videogames.
“It does run warmer than its predecessor,” Consumer Reports spokesman James McQueen said of the third-generation iPad.
“People need to exercise caution,” he continued. “We are not saying it is a dangerous product, but 116 degrees can be a little uncomfortable.”
Consumer reports said the new iPad got about 12 degrees warmer than the iPad 2 tablet while performing the same intensive tasks, such as videogames or downloading large files.
One rear corner of the new iPad appeared to be a hot spot.
Apple did not respond to AFP requests for comment, but prior to the release of the Consumer Reports thermal analysis issued a public statement saying that the new iPad operates “well within our thermal specifications.”
“It does get pretty warm,” a person using the screen name ShadowJeff wrote in a public chat at website MacRumors.com. “Hope Apple fixes it or something.”
- Consumer Reports: iPad Runs Hotter Than Predecessor – WSJ.com (policyabcs.wordpress.com)
- Consumer Reports Finds New iPad Gets Warm, Can’t Charge Under Heavy Loads (macrumors.com)