As we reported a while ago, the new iPad, or as we here like to call it, the iPad 3, is suffering from some unusual overheating. The Mac forums have been reportedly flooded with people complaining about unusual heat coming from the lower left side of the iPad when held in portrait, and others reporting that the iPad is getting error messages which make it unusable.
Tweakers.net ran some tests and benchmarks which ran for five straight minutes on both the iPad 2 and iPad 3. The results showed that the iPad 3 is indeed 10°F warmer than it's predecessor, bringing the total up to 92.48°F.
However, Apple claims that the 92.48°F is within the normal thermal levels for the new iPad, and one of the underlying reasons for the increase in heat would be a higher resolution via the retina display, the A5X chip, 4G LTE support and 10 hours of battery life. The bigger battery is most likely the biggest culprit in overheating since it is necessary to power all of those extra features in the new iPad.
Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller spoke out saying:
"I have been using the new iPad for almost two weeks — a week before it was released to the public — and I've seen no heat issues. I use my iPad every day over LTE and Wi-Fi, holding it my hand and on my lap and the device doesn't get hot."
There have been a few solutions posted in order to help people out, one coming from user "Techno Mike" which suggests:
"I highly suggest that once you unbox the iPad. Do not charge it; use all the battery until it reaches 0%, completely dead. Freshly charge the iPad and that should do the trick. Yesterday my iPad was massively over heated, I decided to use up all the battery (I suggest doing some hardcore gaming, takes very long to use up the battery) and recharged. Now today I am using the same applications as yesterday and so far, no sign of excessive heating issue. Just lil bit warm which is normal. I have also noticed the battery charges just a bit quicker."
So there you have it, everything seems to be A-OK, at least according to Apple.
Has anyone else been experiencing the increase in heat in their brand spankin' new iPad? Let us know!