With the release of the new iPad there has already been reports or complaints from some saying that the tablet may be overheating as it gets a lot warmer than the first two in the series, which prompted Consumer Reports and CNET to perform temperature tests.
Each test received mixed results, but point to one corner on the back of the new iPad that may cause a potential problem.
Consumer Reports ran a test on temperature while the device was plugged in and running a highly intensive graphics game for four hours and measured the highest temperature in one corner at 116 degrees.
“During our tests, I held the new iPad in my hands. When it was at its hottest, it felt very warm but not especially uncomfortable if held for a brief period,” wrote Donna L. Tapellini of Consumer Reports.
“It wasn’t so hot that I went, ‘Ouch,’ like when you touch a hot pot,” she said. “But it was hot enough that I went, ‘Hmm, I don’t want to leave my hand here.’ ”
Meanwhile CNET’s test did not yield such high a temperature, but still did find the new iPad ran warmer than the first two. They got their highest temperature reading in the same corner as Consumer Reports did with a reading of 94 degrees, however, they did not indicate whether it was plugged in or if that was under normal use or with an app or game running.
Either way CNET also confirmed that the new model definitely runs warmer, and believes that the higher temperature in the one corner is due to a processor in that area of the device. Neither report indicated an overheating issue.