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'iPad 3' Overheating? Infrared Photo Shows New Device Hotter Than iPad 2

The Huffington Post  |  By Posted: 03/20/2012 11:23 am Updated: 03/20/2012 11:33 am

Reports that Apple's newly released iPad can become uncomfortably warm during use have now been confirmed with thermal imaging.

Infrared photos of Apple's new iPad and iPad 2 have been posted on Dutch website on March 19, as pointed out by Engadget.

Testers equipped both tablets with the mobile device performance-monitoring app GLBenchmark and, after five minutes, recorded the temperatures of each of the devices at their hottest points.

According to the site, the lower right-hand corner of the new iPad was approximately 92.48 degrees Fahrenheit (33.6 degrees Celsius), while the same spot on the iPad 2 was about 82.94 degrees Fahrenheit (28.3 degrees Celsius), a difference of nearly 10 degrees Fahrenheit.

Take a look at the photo (below), showing the new iPad on the left and its predecessor on the right.


While these measurements and infrared pictures finally prove worried iPad users right that the new iPad is indeed hotter than the iPad 2, MacRumors pointed out that TechCrunch's MG Siegler noticed the difference during his test run of the new iPad. He wrote in his March 14 review:

One other slight downside which I have to assume is related to either the battery or the LTE functionality is that unlike previous iPad models, the new iPad does get noticeably warm in the lower left corner after prolonged use. It's never hot, just warm. But again, I never noticed this on other models.

So far, this has been the biggest complaint about the new device.

Apple announced on March 19 that it had sold sold three million units of the device since its March 16 release in stores, making it the hottest iPad debut yet.

Have you experienced this temperature problem with your new iPad? Let us know below!

Despite a few issues raised by critics, early reviews of the iPad were very strong. Check out the slideshow to see reviewers' favorite things about the device.

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  • TechCrunch

    This bold declaration by TechCrunch's MG Siegler pretty much says it all: "Once you see and use the new iPad, there will be no going back." <a href="" target="_hplink">Siegler's review</a> praised the new iPad's stunning Retina display, which, along with its super-fast 4G LTE connectivity and long-lasting battery life, rockets it above even the iPad 2, the tablet market's current leader. For those wondering Siegler's thoughts on upgrading, it's a hard call, since it seems the iPad 2 matches the new iPad in speed. However, he suggests that if you don't splurge on the new tablet, "treat the [it] as if it were Medusa when you're in an Apple Store. Do. Not. Look At. It."

  • The New York Times

    The New York Times' David Pogue was a little less enthused by the new iPad, which he saw as a polished version of the iPad 2. Nevertheless, he saved <a href="" target="_hplink">ample space for praising</a> the new tablet. <a href="" target="_hplink">Pogue noted</a> that high-definition movies and apps rewritten to work with the new iPad's Retina display looked sharp and clear and that the tablet's 4G LTE connectivity was very fast. He also noted that, despite its super-clear screen and 4G networking (both huge strains on battery life), the new iPad's battery managed to last nine hours without a recharge. He concluded that the bright side of getting the new iPad is that "[f]or the same price as before, you can now get an updated iPad that's still better-looking, better integrated and more consistently designed than any of its rivals."

  • The Verge

    For <a href="" target="_hplink">The Verge's Joshua Topolsky</a>, it's not the new iPad's outside, but its inside that counts. The new iPad's upgraded inner workings and long-lasting battery life make it even more "stable, reliable, speedy, and long-lived" than its bar-setting predecessor. But that's not to say its Retina display didn't leave an impression, too. <a href="" target="_hplink">Topolsky writes</a>, "I'm not being hyperbolic or exaggerative when I say it is easily the most beautiful computer display I have ever looked at."

  • The Loop

    Jim Dalrymple of The Loop took a different approach to the new iPad in <a href="" target="_hplink">his review</a>, describing his encounter with Apple's newest tablet through the lens of everyday life. How did the new iPad's features help the average Joe? Its Retina display seemed to be the most useful upgrade for Dalrymple, who explained its crispness and clarity worked great for photo-editing, movie-watching, and reading. He also praised its 4G LTE connectivity, which allowed easy access to Apple's iCloud. Overall, it was the unique experience the new iPad offered that <a href="" target="_hplink">appealed to Dalrymple</a>.

  • AllThingsD

    <a href="" target="_hplink">AllThingsD's Walt Mossberg</a> agrees with many other reviewers: While the new iPad isn't a whole lot different from its predecessor, its upgraded display and faster connectivity will further strengthen Apple's hold on the tablet market. <a href="" target="_hplink">As Mossberg puts it</a>: "Since it launched in 2010, the iPad has been the best tablet on the planet. With the new, third-generation model, it still holds that crown."

  • The Guardian

    <a href="" target="_hplink">The Guardian's Charles Arthur</a> rated the new iPad 5 stars, citing the tablet's Retina display, improved graphics and camera and mobile broadband capability as its key strengths. As others have said before, <a href="" target="_hplink">Arthur explains</a> that the new iPad's incremental improvements put it even further ahead in the tablet market. He writes, "It's hard to see anyone catching this product because it offers what people want: access to computing wherever you are."

  • Daring Fireball

    <a href="" target="_hplink">Daring Fireball's John Gruber</a> sums up the new iPad in a nine-word intro: "Pixels pixels pixels. Battery battery battery. Speed speed speed." It seems, like others, Gruber feels the new iPad's Retina display, 4G LTE connectivity and long-lasting battery life make it a clear winner over all other tablets, and may appeal even to consumers who already bought an iPad 2. Gruber's conclusion is just as simple as his introduction: "The retina display is amazing, everything in the UI feels faster, and the price points remain the same. What's not to love? It's that simple."


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