Apple’s New iPad Hit 116 Degrees While Playing Games

Posted on Mar 21 2012 - 4:48am by Editorial Staff

Over the last couple of days, reports from users are coming up saying that Apple’s new iPad is running warmer than iPad’s last version, the iPad 2. The report was confirmed by Consumer Reports, who ran a battery of tests on the new tablet with thermometers and thermal imagining. Engineers at organization recorded temperatures as high as 116 degrees Fahrenheit on the front and rear of the new iPad while playing the game, Infinity Blade II.

The test was run while the new iPad was propped on the iPad Smart Cover, plugged in, and after it had run Infinity Blade II uninterrupted for about 45 minutes. The device’s 4G connection was not turned on, though its Wi-fi link was. The ambient room temperature was about 72 degrees. (Apple recommends not using the iPad in environments over 95 degrees.)

The further ran the test with the new iPad unplugged. Then we compared the temperature of the new iPad to that of the iPad 2 using the same tests. The tests follow numerous complaints now cropping up about how hot the new iPad can get while doing processor-intensive tasks, such as gaming or downloads.

When unplugged, the back of the new iPad reached temperatures as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit. It was only when plugged in that it hit 116 degrees. The hottest areas weren’t evenly distributed throughout the iPad’s back, but were concentrated near one corner of the display as shown in the images taken from the rear of the device above. So, when plugged in, the back of the new iPad became as much as 12 degrees hotter than the iPad 2 did in the same tests; while unplugged the difference was 13 degrees.

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