Does the new iPad have a heat problem?

All iPads have had heat problems. But the new iPad may have a unique issue due to the larger battery and chip.

The new iPad's circuit board and battery.
(Credit: iFixit)

Heat has come up as an issue with every iPad. So, that's not news. But the new iPad may have, in select cases, its own unique heat problems.

User forum postings (here and here) and a report seem to point to heat as an issue for select users.

The problem area — based on forum links above — seems to be a hot spot in the lower-left corner of the unit. In the worst case, the iPad shuts down and a message pops up, saying "the iPad needs to cool down", according to a Next Web report.

That seems to be extremely rare, however. And one user who claimed to have the problem was using it in direct sunlight. Let's be clear: that can cause problems for any electronic device.

The third-generation iPad integrates both a larger battery and a faster (and reportedly larger) chip. Those are significant differences from the iPad 2. So, it inevitably gets warm. And like all Apple iOS mobile products it does not have a fan.

Anecdotal reports on launch day have pointed out that the new iPad can get a little toasty.

But this issue has come up with both the iPad 1 and iPad 2, here (iPad 1) and here (iPad 2). There were reports of that "cool down" message popping up on the iPad 2 also.

Moreover, note that user comments sometimes confuse overheating with the unit just getting warm.

The operating temperature range is listed on the iPad's spec page as 0 degrees to 35 degrees Celsius.

Apple representatives did not immediately respond to a request from comment.


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