Thermal Imaging Confirms New iPad Runs 10 Degrees Hotter Than iPad 2

Thermal Imaging Confirms New iPad Runs 10 Degrees Hotter Than iPad 2

The new iPad (left) might run warmer than the iPad 2, but you don't need to worry about it.

Yesterday we reported that a number of new iPad adopters are taking to Apple’s Support Communities forum to voice their concerns about its operating temperature. Many feel the new slate gets a little too warm during prolonged use, and they’re concerned it’s a serious issue.

Thermal imaging has now confirmed that the third-generation iPad does indeed get around 10° Fahrenheit warmer than the iPad 2, but it’s really nothing to worry about.

Dutch site Tweakers.net ran the GLBenchmark test for five minutes on the new iPad and the iPad 2 to ensure both devices were operating at peak performance, then they used an infrared camera to measure the temperature differences.

They discovered that the hottest part of the new iPad reached 92.5° Fahrenheit while in use, which the iPad 2 only reached 83° Fahrenheit.

However, it’s important to note that even with that increase of 10°, the new iPad still operates well within Apple’s specified operating temperatures for the device, which are 32° to 95° Fahrenheit.

It is though that the new iPad’s A5X chip, which features a quad-core PowerVR SGX543MP4 graphics processing unit, is the cause of that additional heat. So your device is likely to become warmer when you use it for things like 3D gaming. But don’t worry — it won’t melt your palms.

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  • jfc123

    That is in perfect conditions, but what about non-perfect conditions such as playing a graphically intense game for 5 hours straight? I have no problems doing that on my iPhone but it might get too hot on the iPad

  • facebook-100000670318505

    I really don’t care about 10 degrees how about you make a “story” when were talking 20+ degrees hotter 

  • bondr006

    Aren’t we just the prickly pear today? I think you just need to turn off your computer for the rest of the day and take a time out…..

  • MWinNYC

    I had my new iPad for “hours on end” the entire weekend. It only got “slightly” warm. My iPhone gets warmer than this!

  • jedivulcan

    I think 92.5F is at or slightly above the threshold where the human skin perceives something that is hot or too warm.

  • FriarNurgle

    Will this have any effect over time on the reliability of the iPad? 

  • Michel Bouchard

    “…the hottest part of the new iPad reached 92.5° Fahrenheit…” Given that body temperature is 98.6°F (+/- 1 degree), what you are saying is that the hottest part of the iPad is still cooler than the person who will be holding it, unlike my MacBook that gets painfully hot if I have it on my lap.

  • MacHead

    98.6 is core temp. Skin temp runs much lower than that. Probably closer to 90. So yeah if you swallow your iPad it will be cooler than your stomach. But if you want to hold it in your hand it will make your hand sweat.

  • James Burland

    I ran GLBenchmark 2.1 for an hour with no noticeable increase in temperature, I’m now exporting 1080p video from iMovie and still nothing… there’s something odd going on here. My feeling is that it’s more to do with recharging than the GPU.

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