The new iPad won’t fry an egg, burn your hands, or start a camp fire. But Consumer Reports says a new study shows the new iPad to reach temperatures of up to 116 degrees.
Using a thermal imaging camera, Consumer Reports engineers recorded temperatures as high as 116 degrees Fahrenheit on the front and rear of the new iPad while playing Infinity Blade II.
The Consumer Reports study goes on to show that:
When unplugged, the back of the new iPad reached temperatures as high as 113 degrees Fahrenheit. It was only when plugged in that it hit 116 degrees.
Gizmodo does make a great point with the fact that most laptops run way hotter than 116 degrees but an iPad is designed to be in your hands during most of its use.
Apple Insider test results have shown that:
The highest unplugged temperature for the new iPad was found to be 113 degrees Fahrenheit, while plugged in it reached 116 degrees. Those temperatures were 13 degrees and 12 degrees hotter, respectively, than identical tests conducted with the iPad 2.
When contacted about this issue Apple has released the following statement:
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.
You may contact Apple Care via phone at 1-800-275-2273
Consumer Reports concluded that while the new iPad was “very warm” it was “not especially uncomfortable if held for a brief period.” However, Apple recommends not using the iPad in environments over 95 degrees.
While the new iPad temperatures do not represent a safety concern, remember safe hand washing water temperature is 100F to 120F.
So what do you think? Is 116 degrees to hot for you to rush out and purchase the new iPad? Or are you going to wait for the $500+ price tag cool off first? Feel free to leave comments below.