Apple has responded to another recent criticism of its new iPad.
Last week, DisplayMate analyst Raymond Soneira published a lengthy review of the iPad and noted that, while charging the device, the battery indicator prematurely read 100% but continued charging if left plugged in. Soneira also claimed that letting the iPad charge longer could add over an hour to the battery life.
On Tuesday, Apple VP Michael Tchao confirmed to AllThingsD's Ina Fried that the iPad battery does indeed register as "full" before it has reached its full charge.
“That circuitry is designed so you can keep your device plugged in as long as you would like,” Tchao said, per AllThingsD. “It’s a great feature that’s always been in iOS.”
Apparently, iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch devices can all do this. When the battery finally hits a full charge, it will then "discharge a bit and charge back up to 100 percent, repeating that process until the device is unplugged," according to AllThingsD.
Tchao's statement debunks an earlier report by CNBC claiming that an Apple rep had said users might "harm the longevity of the battery" by leaving the iPad plugged in after the battery indicator had reached 100%.
"[I]t is actually more than I expected Apple would admit to," Soneira said in a statement emailed to The Huffington Post. However, he went on to argue the following:
My essential point is simply that if the new iPad is fully charged overnight then my tests show it will run 11.6 hours, which is 1.2 hours longer than if it just charged to 100% (10.4 hours). This will matter to some users. If the iPad has cell and WiFi and background tasks running then I agree with Apple that it will cycle down and up. My lab tests were in Airplane Mode so that did not happen and I measured the true battery state.
iFixit's teardown of the new iPad revealed a beefier battery than the one found in the iPad 2. 9to5Mac notes that the new tablet sports a "42.5-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery with 70 percent more capacity compared to the iPad 2′s 25-watt-hour battery." This upgrade was necessary to deliver on Apple's promise of a 10-hour battery life while supporting the new iPad's power-sucking features like the pixel-rich Retina Display and 4G LTE connectivity.
Some users and reviewers previously reported that the new iPad becomes slightly warmer during use than the iPad 2, especially in the lower lefthand corner of the device. The battery was pegged as one of the culprits of this so-called "heatgate." While a few said that the device was overheating and at times became unresponsive as a result, many (including Consumer Reports) said the iPad's temperature was a non-issue for them.
Apple's official response to the would-be controversy: "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."
On the whole, though, customers and reviewers have taken a shine to the new iPad. Take a look at the slideshow (below) to see reviewers' favorite things about Apple's new tablet.
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." Siegler's review 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' 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 ample space for praising the new tablet. Pogue noted 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."
For The Verge's Joshua Topolsky, 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. Topolsky writes, "I'm not being hyperbolic or exaggerative when I say it is easily the most beautiful computer display I have ever looked at."
Jim Dalrymple of The Loop took a different approach to the new iPad in his review, 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 appealed to Dalrymple.
AllThingsD's Walt Mossberg 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. As Mossberg puts it: "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's Charles Arthur 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, Arthur explains 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's John Gruber 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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