Apple’s New iPad faces over-heating problem: test report

Apple’s New iPad has sold more than 3 million since its launch on Friday but not without attracting a major complaint against the device.

The first of its usage reports came venting anger at the product’s unusual heat generation while running an action game.

The Consumer Reports blog said its test resulted in high thermal heat in the device after its usage for 45 minutes, comparatively higher than its earlier version iPad2.

Using a thermal imaging camera, Consumer Reports engineers recorded temperatures as high as 116 degrees Fahrenheit on the front and rear of the new iPad while playing the game Infinity Blade II.

“Our tests follow numerous complaints now cropping up about how hot the new iPad can get while doing processor-intensive tasks, such as gaming or downloads. We ran our test while the new iPad was propped on the iPad Smart Cover, plugged in, and after it had run Infinity Blade II uninterrupted for about 45 minutes. The device’s 4G connection was not turned on, though its Wi-fi link was.”

This despite the ambient room temperature being about 72 degrees, much less than what Apple recommends, that is, not using the iPad in environments over 95 degrees.

When plugged in, the new iPad reached 12 degrees hotter than the iPad 2 in the test, the report said.

They said the new iPad wasn’t charging while the game was running and charged normally when they are not running a game.

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