Q. Is the New iPad hot? I read your review of the new iPad and I was thinking of getting one but I’ve been hearing that it’s hot and I don’t want to get it if it overheats.
A. I’ve been hearing this question a lot from Wonder of Tech readers. There have been reports that the device gets warm and that’s true. Consumer Reports has measured the New iPad warming up to 116°, which is 13° warmer than the iPad 2. Apple has addressed the issue by saying that the iPad operates “within our normal thermal specifications.”
I have been using my New iPad extensively, testing it for my review and using it in my daily life. I took additional pictures for my review in today’s Philadelphia Inquirer article, using Infinity Blade II, an app updated with Retina Display, on both my New iPad and my iPad 2. The app is large (791 MB) and powerful, with stunning graphics, making the most of the New iPad’s capabilities.
In nearly an hour of testing with the game, the iPad 2 was still preternaturally cool. The New iPad was warm, not hot, cooler than a towel fresh from the dryer.
What I Know
I know hot. Yes, I do. In June 2010, when my iPhone 3GS was a year old, I updated it to iOS 4, giving it the ability to multi-task (run more than app at once). My iPhone repeatedly got so hot that I would have to put it in the refrigerator to cool it off. Once I even put it in the freezer because the fridge just wasn’t doing the trick. The phrase “sending a boy on a man’s job” came to mind.
I took my iPhone 3GS to Apple’s Genius Bar and was told by a Genius, “Close Your Apps!” I followed his advice. Between keeping my apps closed and updating to iOS 4.1 when it was released, my iPhone’s overheating problem was solved.
My iPhone 3GS had a heat problem. My New iPad does not.
I am not the only tech reporter who regards the New iPad as warm but not hot. Consumer Reports tester Donna Tapellini wrote, “When it was at its hottest, it felt very warm but not especially uncomfortable if held for a brief period.”
Jim Dalrymple, of The Loop stated, “I have been using the new iPad for almost two weeks — a week before it was released to the public and I’ve seen no heat issues. I use my iPad everyday over LTE and Wi-Fi, holding it my hand and on my lap and the device doesn’t get hot.”
Tech reporter Lamarr Wilson in his video on this topic stated, “I’ve noticed the warmness, I didn’t think too much of it.”
If you’re thinking of buying the New iPad, don’t let the heat issue stop you. The only way the new iPad is too hot is with its sales.
Have you heard about the heat issue with the iPad? Were you concerned? Let us know in the Comments section below!
* iPad egg image (altered) by Robert Scoble (who says in the caption, “My new iPad gets so hot it cooks eggs! Just kidding. I have (no) idea what people are going on about.”)