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?