Thermal imaging shows the new iPad runs 10F warmer than iPad 2

By on March 20, 2012, 11:32 AM

Thermal imaging has confirmed what many have been reporting since the launch of the new iPad on March 16 – Apple’s third generation tablet produces a good deal more heat than its predecessor. A thermal camera pointed at the back of each slate shows the new iPad runs 9.6 Fahrenheit (5.3 Celsius) warmer than last year’s model, according to the team at tweakers.net (Dutch).

Reports of a warmer iPad started pouring in soon after the tablet went on sale last Friday. Specifically, the bottom left corner (when held in standard portrait mode) tends to warm up when the iPad is being put to good use.

Some reports, like this one from the Atlantic Wire claim that the new iPad overheats and goes into an automatic cool-down mode. Granted, the users in question were all working under direct sunlight before the message appeared. The more common complaint seems to be just a warmer iPad in general – overheating claims appear to be rare.

Indeed, our own in-house iPad does get noticeably warmer than the iPad 2 under heavy use. I first noticed this when restoring a backup of the iPad 2 from iCloud and updating all of my apps from the App Store. The symptoms continued as I worked on multiple photos in iPhoto as part of our upcoming review. In my opinion, the added heat is noticeable but it hasn’t been a problem for me. The effects would likely be amplified if using a fully enclosed case. Of course, I wouldn’t take my iPad to the beach on a hot sunny day either.

It is believed that the new A5X SoC combined with the 70 percent larger battery is responsible for the extra warmth. Even under light use, the new iPad has to work harder to power the increased number of pixels found in the retina display.

Have you experienced any overheating issues with your new iPad?




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BMfan BMfan said:

It's okay it overheats because it's an ipad so it doesn't matter.

fraggleki said:

Your Holding It Wrong???

mario mario, Ex-TS Developer, said:

Apple addressed this before this story was even published: [link]

"[iPad runs] within our thermal specifications"

There's no overheating, just warmer operation, as expected. This article should be corrected.

Guest said:

oh no, the world is ending! /s

the "iCry" crowd will sure love that its a bit warmer so they can stupidly trash it. In the end, who cares? So what?

Guest said:

I would not touch that sh!t storm of a device. I prefer to not get third degree burns from my tech. Epic fail again from rotten fruit.

Guest said:

It just works.

Ranger12 Ranger12 said:

@mario

The article does not say it overheats. Only that it operates at a warmer temperature. As the article correctly points out there were CLAIMS of overheating but these were in direct sunlight in which case any device would overheat. It all seems very correct to me.

mario mario, Ex-TS Developer, said:

@Ranger12, it does finish suggesting it might: "Have you experienced any overheating issues with your new iPad?"

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

@mario I'm with Ranger, I see no need for a correction, maybe just an update with the quote "The new iPad delivers...well within our thermal specifications".

And this really shouldn't come as a surprise to most of us techies as heat is the biggest downer on all our toys. Looks like Apple fans have just been fortunate up to this point and likely never knew Apple products had such a limit. Assuming these thermal specifications between 0 and 35 C are the same for the new Ipad it does seem like it will create some annoyance for those in warmer climates who do use their iPads outdoors, and I hope it has a higher threshold.

Guest said:

wow. somebody sounds really jealous. Cant afford one?

Have to settle for an android?

get a job and quit whining

Technochicken Technochicken, TechSpot Paladin, said:

This isn't very surprising. The specs show approximately twice the battery capacity, but the same battery life as the iPad 2, meaning it draws about twice the power, hence more heat.

bexwhitt said:

33C is not hot just warm

Guest said:

I have a pretty decent job, pays well..I still would never buy iShit.

Apple is fail - Always will be.

peperonikiller peperonikiller said:

Guest said:

wow. somebody sounds really jealous. Cant afford one?

Have to settle for an android?

get a job and quit whining

How to spot an Apple fanboy:

Assumes if someone is dissing on Apple that they are "Jealous" and can't "Afford" one.

Now come to the truth and realization that if you actually want to do something useful you can get a cheap $100 android tablet that does 'almost' everything an iPad will do..

bexwhitt said:

How to spot an Apple fanboy:

Assumes if someone is dissing on Apple that they are "Jealous" and can't "Afford" one.

Now come to the truth and realization that if you actually want to do something useful you can get a cheap $100 android tablet that does 'almost' everything an iPad will do..

Apple hardware is exceptional and the price is on the high side of high.

You are paying a somewhat rip off price for quality item but you can pay much less for a similar experience true and especially on the iphone people are being gouged

Guest said:

I have plenty of cash, but I would not get this Apple garbage even if you paid me.

I had plenty of Apple products when I was young and easily swayed by ******. They were all **** compared to most tech I now own.

Guest said:

Jealous? It just works. Even when my digital piano is not recognized, it just works. Even when my extremely high end external DAC is not recognized in OSX, it just works.

How do I fix these things? It just works.

Does it work? No.

How do I fix it? It just works.

I think I hate Apple, and I have owned this sh!t. Shame on me.

RH00D RH00D said:

So much fanboy rage in this thread. ._. Really, most people know Apple isn't the bee's knees but not everything they make is "garbage". Compared to all the other tablets, the iPad is among the best and is the highest selling. When it comes to desktops, is Apple the best? No. When it comes to servers is Apple the best? No. When it comes to laptops, they are pretty good. When it comes to MP3 players, I'd say the are very good. Their software? Some of it's amazing, some of it's pretty awful.

No company is perfect so just buy what suits you best and try not to be a fanboy in the process.

Guest said:

5 degrees Celsius? up to a total of 33 degrees Celsius! What will I do now!? My hand's on fire!

Guest said:

I think many people actually hate Mac because it is so low value and a lot of people regret their purchases when they realize the severe limitations of the hardware and OS. They might not be fanboys in the sense that they adore something else; they simply hate Mac.

Staff
Steve Steve said:

mario said:

Apple addressed this before this story was even published: [link]

"[iPad runs] within our thermal specifications"

There's no overheating, just warmer operation, as expected. This article should be corrected.

The GeForce GTX 480 didn't overheat either, just warmer operation, according to Nvidia anyway. Didn't change the fact it ran way to hot

BMfan BMfan said:

RH00D said: When it comes to MP3 players, I'd say the are very good

Considering they don't make mp3 players. I would love to know how they are very good.

Staff
Julio Franco Julio Franco, TechSpot Editor, said:

fraggleki said:

Your Holding It Wrong???

This.

killeriii said:

Apple is fail - Always will be.

Have you been off planet for the last 15 years?

That would be the only excuse for not seeing that Apple is succeeding.

...or maybe it's just ignorance.

Guest said:

People are just so dumb to say apple Is bad. Apple sells more devices then ALL ANDRIOD devices combined. Htc, Sony, everything. Probably another one who can't afford an iPad? Need me to SPONSER you one?

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