Apple's New iPad Heats Up Conversation in More Than One Way
posted Thursday Mar 22, 2012 by Nicholas DiMeo
Within the first three days of sales, Apple was able to break their own record with the new new iPad, selling 3 million of the devices. Analysts assumed Apple would only move approximately 500,000 to 1 million units and regardless of their mistake to make the new tablet easy to find on launch day in other retailers like Best Buy, they were still able to triple the projected number, which is an impressive feat in itself.
However (and there's always a however with an Apple report), I believe they have been a little too scared about Amazon's Kindle Fire and how well Amazon might actually do with their little tablet that could. Apple could be so scared, in fact, that they might even be taking a page out of the competitor's book as this week, we learned that this new version of the new iPad may be a little too hot to handle.
We have the burning scoop after the break.
Articles and complaints have been sparking up all over the Internet about this heated topic, as quickly as the new iPad gets pulled out of the plastic wrap. This iPad, unlike any other, is known to become extremely hot during just a couple of minutes of use, specifically in the lower left-hand corner.
It seems to be affecting every variation of the iPad and some people are reporting temperatures of up to 117 degrees within the first 10 minutes of use! An anonymous user an an Apple discussion board has even reported first-degree burns on his lap from using the tablet.
As it stands, LAPTOP Magazine has run a test on the matter (source link below) and has reported that for its test across multiple tablets, the iPad runs the hottest across several different tests, topping out at 100 degrees in the bottom left-hand corner during a 15 minute game of Riptide GP.
What's causing the excessive heat? Apple's goal to be the shiniest and thinnest of course. The lighter aluminum backcover acting as its own heatsink as well certainly doesn't help, however the upgrades like the new Retina display, extreme resolution, 4G LTE service and much larger battery to accommodate all of these things aren't fixing matters either.
Apple seems to maintain fixed in their position that the unit is acting properly, as we could have safely assumed without this statement.
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.
If we hear of any recalls, apologies or if Apple blames the antenna in the new iPad, we'll let you know. Until then, we want to hear your reports on your iPad, if you have one, and be sure to check out the report by LAPTOP Magazine below this article for more temperature ratings.