New iPad Runs 10 Degrees Hotter Than iPad 2; But Within Operating Temperature Limit

BY Jason

Published 20 Mar 2012

Ever since the new iPad has been launched, several users have been complaining on Apple support forums and MacRumors forums that their iPad feels a lot warmer than iPad 2 after extended usage.

While most users are reporting that the new iPad gets warmer than the new iPad 2, it doesn’t get hot, not even laptop warm, some users are reporting that it getting too warm, making it difficult to hold the new iPad.

One customer complained: “Mine is overheating. The heat is reduced when the brightness is reduced but what’s the point of that? It drains the battery fast too . . . I am going to wait one week to see if there are any solutions from Apple, if not, they can have it. I am very disappointed.”

Another customer complained: “My new iPad (verizon 64GB) definitely got significantly warm, almost too warm to hold warm, when running on LTE.  Not even doing a lot of downloads (just browsing twitter) but having the LTE radio on seemed to cause it to get noticeably hot.”

To investigate the issue folks at took thermal images of both the new iPad and iPad 2 with an infrared camera and ran the GLBenchmark for five minutes to confirm that the new iPad is indeed hotter than iPad 2.

The hottest point on the new iPad was the lower right corner, which reached 33.6° C (or 92.5° F), whereas it reached  28.3° C (or 82.9° F) on the iPad 2. The difference between the two was 5° C (or ~10° F), but within the operating temperate limit [32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)] on the new iPad’s tech specs page (not sure if that is too close for comfort).

If you have got the new iPad, let us know if you have noticed the issue in the comments section below.

[via Engadget]