Apple’s new iPad packs a number of new features that the Cupertino company has been quick to boast about since its unveiling, but there is one that it’s yet to mention: Take the tablet to bed on a cold winter’s night and after half an hour’s reading you’ve got yourself a nice warm slab of aluminum to cuddle up to you.
Unlike its predecessor, the new iPad seems to be suffering from some overheating issues during prolonged periods of use. And it’s causing a number of early adopters to become pretty concerned.
Apple’s Support Communities forum is becoming flooded with complaints from new iPad adopters who aren’t happy with the heat their device chucks out while they’re using it. While they say that the device doesn’t become hot enough to burn, it is uncomfortable.
The thread, titled “New iPad overheating,” now has over 130 replies and more than 11,000 views. Wordfanne reports that their device is reaching 96.8 degrees during use:
My 64gb, wifi/LTE new ipad is 96.8 degrees currently (and must have crafty artificial intelligence because it’s as if it KNEW I’d brought out my laser temperature scanner and cooled down for reading). It has been very hot to hold, lower left side, since first use. I’ll continue to monitor with scanner..
BeersYourFriend says their iPad became “scorching hot” while playing Real Racing 2:
Try playing Real Racing 2, and tell me if yours gets hot or not… I just got done playing about 10 minutes of Real Racing 2, and it is scorching Hot!!! Thank god I have a case, but when I slide my had into the case to feel the back, it its Hot Hot Hot! Not temperature errors yet, and am surprised its able to function at such high temps… What’s going on here?
Barbaroonie claims that Apple replaced their iPad because of the overheating issue:
Okay so I took mine back to Apple and they replaced it no questions asked. Said they hadn’t yet heard this prob and were very accommodating.
Some users report that disabling certain features, such as iCloud backup and 4G LTE, and turning down the iPad’s brightness does keep it running a little cooler. But of course, you didn’t buy this device with these features just to turn them off.
It appears that the problem is widespread and it’s worth noting that a number of the reviews for the device did point out this issue. However, unless the heat becomes unbearable or your iPad becomes inoperable, it shouldn’t be a serious concern. We certainly don’t expect this to turn into “overheatinggate.”