In a response to reports that the new iPad can get pretty toasty when compared with the iPad 2’s heat output, Apple has responded with an official comment telling everyone to take a chill pill. According to Apple, the new iPad operates “well within our thermal specification” and there shouldn’t be a cause for concern.
Full response from Apple:
“The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications. If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare.”
Some sites were reporting that the new iPad could output roughly 10 degrees (Fahrenheit) more heat than its predecessor. When you consider the tablet’s beefed up internals, a slight increase in heat is to be expected.
I’ve been using my iPad with LTE turned on running intensive games, iPhoto, etc. and I’ve haven’t noticed a heat issue yet. If you’ve got the iPad sitting on a thick comforter when it’s 80 degrees outside, it’ll probably get a little hot. Otherwise, this should be a lesson in learning not to create an issue where there isn’t one.