The New iPad and Heating Up = Non-issue

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New iPad Heating Issue

It looks like all the fuss last week about the new iPad and possible issues with ‘heating up’ were, as expected, has turned out to be all about a non-issue. This became an issue when some users reported the new iPad getting hot with extended use when doing CPU-intensive things on the device, and when Consumer Reports reported on similar findings.

This subject was put in better context today with a couple of new testing reports that had the new iPad not even showing as the hottest of a number of tablet devices tested.

Wired published results of its testing of tablets and how warm/hot they get – and found that the new iPad ‘landed square in the middle’. As you can see in the Wired graphic above, the Asus Transformer Prime, the Blackberry PlayBook, and the popular Kindle Fire all tested higher than the new iPad.

Not only was the new iPad merely tepid in terms of heat generation, it was also one of the cooler-running tablets in our test.

I felt like this was much ado about nothing from the outset. Even the highest temperatures reported for the iPad by Consumer Reports were within the operating limits for the device,and early reviewers mentioned the iPad getting warm rather than hot. In my ten days with the iPad I’ve never even noticed it getting particularly warm. My MacBook Pro gets substantially warmer than my new iPad ever has.

For those of you who have got the new iPad, what do you think? Has you seen your new iPad getting very warm or hot?

Patrick Jordan

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9 thoughts on “The New iPad and Heating Up = Non-issue”

  1. I have owned the original iPad, iPad 2 and the new iPad, and never have any of these devices been hot or even warm to the touch. While I mainly use the iPad to read, email, surf the web, and watch brief videos, I also occasionally watch full length movies. Even after watching a full length movie, the new iPad doesn’t get warm to the touch. I could practically fry bacon with any Dell laptop that I have owned, but I can’t melt butter at room temperature with my iPad. That’s my experience, of course, your experience may be different.

    I think two things are at play here. First, news and blogging is about eyeballs and page views, and this is far easier to achieve with sensational titles and stories, which far too often is trying to find fault with the people and companies that these same “news sources” helped put on the proverbial pedastal. However, the Pareto Principle speaks wisely about diminishing returns. Thus, the pendulum eventually swings in the other direction, and these same “news sources” start spending more effort searching for, and in some cases fabricating faults of the “giants”. Second, some say it is human nature to try to make ourselves look better than others — case in point the popularity of tabloids, and to a lesser extent, reality TV. Many people root against the big guy, like it is their religion. Microsoft experienced this in the 1990s, and to some extent still suffers from this in 2012. Apple is only recently starting to see this on a fairly small scale, but if history repeats itself, well, we know what happens next. For all of the benefits of the Internet, at least one downside is the spread of negativity and a belief by some that it is their right, perhaps even obligation to do so, which sometimes spreads like wildfire.

    1. I have the new iPad and I can tell you it heats up. I had the transformer prime, it never heated up, ever. A few of my friends complain of the heat as well.

  2. I own both the iPad 1 and the new iPad and only noticed a slight warming on the new iPad after playing Blade II for several hours and even then would not have really noticed it had I not read a few of the batterie-gate articles. As previously stated it does not even come close to a few laptops I have owned. Non-issue for myself!

  3. I ran my new iPad for hours, multi functions, games, photo edits, camera, browsing etc. etc., with no problem whatsoever. At best it was slightly warm, but no more than that.

  4. I do feel iPad being warm on having many applications up or running CNN live streaming.

    However, the key question I have for Patrick is that is he being compensated in any way by Apple for writing these articles? His vigorous defense tells me he is. If so, then a disclaimer is required.


    George NM

    1. There’s a clear statement in the footer on every page of this site that states that this an independent site, not authorized, sponsored, or approved by Apple in any way.

      Great question though. Do you also believe Wired Magazine and PC Magazine, who published the testing results on the heating issue, are paid by Apple? And the dozens of sites who cover Apple and have reported the same – also on Apple’s payroll? And I’d love to see the fleshing out of your theory on why the clear market leader in this and many other product areas, would need to pay anybody to write anything favorable about them. That should make for top-class entertainment.

  5. Patrick,
    The deduction that “The New iPad”‘s additional heat is a non-issue because other tablets run as hot or hotter is flawed logic. There is nothing to say they won’t all suffer long term effects due to the heat. Only time will, truely, answer that question.

    Additionally, I find it hilarious that you would give as evidence the comparison of a highly successful product with that of less than successful products in such a way to say that since the less successful products do it then it is just fine for the highly successful product to do so. That, most certainly, is not the recipe for continued success.

    The iPad is a great device. I use and like it. However, between the heat and battery issues, it’s obvious there was a slight misstep on Apple’s part. It’s ok, it happens. This isn’t politics. We don’t need to cling to every bit of annecdotal evidence in some vain attempt at defense.

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