You can take that the “new iPad is hot” figuratively and that would be true too. Because 3 million of the new iPads have already flown off the shelves. But ‘iPad is hot’ has nothing to do with its hotness in the market but the way it burns up after extensive use. Turns out the new iPad is 10 degrees hotter than the iPad 2.
Folks at Tweakers.net has found this out through a GLBenchmark test. The test runs the machines hard for five minutes, gets them warmed up and then the iPads (iPad 2 and the new one) were measured with infrared camera. During the test, iPad 2 was 82.9 degrees Fahrenheit and the new iPad was 92.5 degrees Fahrenheit.
To these tests, Apple has responded thusly :
“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.” (VentureBeat)
It turns out those are the exact things – Retina display, A5X chip, 4G and the extra fat battery – which could have been causing the temperature rise.
This is one thing I like about Apple. The product is out only for 2 days and everybody is trying to take the guts out of the product to appreciate the beautiful hardware or to look for potential issues. You can only imagine the kind of testing Apple puts through for any of its products.
I have been using iPad 2 for a while now and haven’t found any heat issues. It runs just fine for prolonged use. I’m also planning to upgrade to the new iPad (by trading in my iPad 2, of course). If this heat issues persist and there is no plausible explanation from Apple, I might hold on to my iPad 2.
What about you?
Speaking of the extra heat, maybe it can be used for something useful. Any potential jugaads you can think of? An omelet maybe?