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

Paul Lilly

Apple CEO Tim Cook talked a lot about the post-PC era when introducing the new iPad tablet, but if reports are true that the device tops 100F in some situations, and you're male, you may want to steer clear of resting it on your lap, lest you fry your little swimmers and we start talking about the post-human race era. Or not. Conflicting reports abound on just how hot the new iPad gets.

Consumer Reports kicked things off by claiming it recorded temperatures as high as 116 degrees Fahrenheit on the front and rear of the new iPad while playing Infinity Blade II for 45 minutes. Ambient room temperature was a controlled 72 degrees, well below Apple's upper threshold recommendation of 95 degrees.

That's fairly hot, but it's not going to set your hand or lap on fire, and it's cooler than most laptops. It's also on the extreme high-end of what other outlets are reporting.

CNET , for example, noted a high of 94 degrees on the opposite speaker corner after running Infinity Blade II at full brightness, which is still 10 degrees hotter than what it measured the iPad 2, but 22 degrees less than what Consumer Reports noted.

The fellas over at Tested saw even lower temperatures . After running Infinity Blade II for 15 minutes, the new iPad ramped up to 82 degrees, slighter hotter than the iPad 2 at 78 degrees, and 34 degrees less than what Consumer Reports recorded, albeit the game ran for only a third of the time.

For what it's worth, Apple is denying the iPad has an overheating issue, telling All Things D that "The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications. If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare." Or maybe you're just holding it wrong.

Alternately, you could just do what we did - problem solved !

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