Does Apple's New iPad Really Have a Heat Issue?

22

Comments

+ Add a Comment
avatar

fry

Since Apple has been denying Macbooks have any sort of heat problem for years, I'll take their claims with a grain of salt. Sorry, but uninsulated aluminium is just not a very good enclosure material for electronic devices.

avatar

Engelsstaub

Could you please provide a link to a credible piece of information detailing the "heat problem(s") of MacBooks?

I've had no such issues with mine and have heard of none from anyone else.

Maybe you're thinking of HP's heat issues (since they've been trying to nut-ride the MacBook Pros for far longer than this whole Ultrabook thing?)

avatar

Beelzebubba9

I have a couple of MacBooks and my MacBook Pro once gave me a 2nd degree burn above my left knee because I was an idiot and played WoW on my lap in shorts for hours straight when I had a terrible flu.

To be fair, that was as much user stupidity as it was the MacBook's issue, but they do get painfully hot under sustained CPU and GPU load. It should be noted that the MBP itself had no issues and has never given me problems (heat or otherwise) in the 5 years I've owned it, but there are some functional drawbacks to using the chassis as a heat sink.

edit: My late 2010 Air has no such problems and barely gets warm while running games, for what that's worth.

avatar

nbrowser

iCooker, great idea keyzs.

Seriusly, they are holding it wrong.....honest ! Then again my Iconia A501 runs nice n cool and doesn't matter which way I hold it, it doesn't cook with it's Tegra 2 and LTE radio on full tilt.

avatar

GreenTurtle

Ya, nothing wrong with the iphone 4 antenna either...

avatar

gatorXXX

DON'T SQUEEZE THE CHARMIN!!!!!

avatar

narbytrout

Consumer Reports ran an intensive game for 45 min.

The other 2 testers did the same for only 15 min.

avatar

naxself

Consumer Reports is usually pretty good and unbiased, though I usually take their tech reviews with a grain of salt.

avatar

Straegen

The Consumer Report test was pretty thorough measuring the device at various spots, keeping the room at 72 I believe, along with a variety of other test conditions. They compared it to other tablets in the same conditions and it was the hottest of the bunch. Hot enough to be a significant issue, probably not. Hot enough to complain about, sure.

avatar

rrecine

It's thicker, heavier, and now hotter. It's not just enough to complain about, this company has lost its identity. They were over a year ahead with the original ipad and now it seems like they are 2 years behind. Try holding something in your hands at 116 for a few hours and then say it's not an issue. You don't just play a game for a few minutes.

avatar

keyzs

nice... the fruit company finally made something related to food....

iCooker!!!

avatar

0ly1r3m@1ns

I loled pretty hard

avatar

MdX MaxX

Really people? 116 degrees? That's like 47 Celsius. That seems like a very safe CPU temp to me. My Atrix can get up to 62 Celsius sometimes when playing graphics-intensive Tegra 2 games, and it's been running fine for the past 9 months.

I feel like this is a bunch of people who don't know anything about technology freaking out about nothing.

avatar

stradric

This doesn't seem like a major issue until batteries start exploding from all the heat. At the very least, battery performance and longevity will suffer from the lack of thermal efficiency. Other than that, this doesn't seem like a big deal.

avatar

Zoandar

Foxconn laborer conspiracy?

avatar

rrecine

No device is perfect, not even my Transformer Prime - pretty close though! Why use Android over iOS? You save money. Apple knows how to make money. No Fanboy can ever reply to that as much as they would like you to believe that Apple products are perfect. If I buy a Bentley I expect it to be superior than a Honda, not the other way around. If Android wasn't that good Steve Jobs and Apple would have never taken the initiative to sue companies.

The battery on the new firepad does not charge while playing a game, it actually continues to drain.

avatar

LatiosXT

It could just be that it consumes so much power, that the charger can't charge the battery any faster than the device drains it.

avatar

rawrnomnom

New from apple! iHeatsink, an accessory that works with your Smart Cover to ensure that your swimmers keep on swimming!

avatar

Engelsstaub

...slow week in "What Is Apple Doing Wrong?" ;)

avatar

naxself

Your god is fallible. Sorry.

avatar

Engelsstaub

The Apple was merely a creation of the Abrahamic God in the Walled-Garden of Eden.

I was going to wait three full days to dignify your "timely" response, but considered that perhaps you'd really like your flamebait-war ASAP. Perhaps even before your thirteenth birthday.

avatar

tehLazyNinja

Did CNet and Tested control the room temperature?

Seems like there's still some other variables. How was it held, what surface is it on, etc.

Log in to MaximumPC directly or log in using Facebook

Forgot your username or password?
Click here for help.

Login with Facebook
Log in using Facebook to share comments and articles easily with your Facebook feed.