While the recently launched New iPad is available now in several countries and it is a great device, but few users are complaining about the higher working temperature than iPad 2. Although you can notice the difference of 5°C, it is not uncomfortable to work with.
After complaints at forums began dropping in, The Dutch guys from tweakers.net performed a test with a Thermal Heating Camera. They measured temperature for the iPad 2 which was 28.3°C (82.9°F) versus 33.6°C (92.5°F) for the new third-generation iPad.
Let’s look at some of the causes for this difference in operating temperature.
Larger Battery, More Juice
Apple succeeded to keep the battery-life at ten hours. The same hours as for the iPad 2. But the Retina-display and the A5X processor are real juice-consumers. How is that possible? Right! The battery-pack is larger. And larger means more juice flowing trough the device in the same time. In fact, the New iPad needs 2.5 times more power than the iPad 2. Again more heat-production.
Retina Display, More LED’s
The retina-display is sharper, but sharpness needs more LED’s and more LED’s produce more heat. It’s as simple as that!
The new processor is the biggest heater in the New iPad. In the image above, you can clearly see the center of the heat on the right side (seen from the back) of the iPad. Yes, exactly where the chip is located. The new processor has a total of 4 graphic cores, so the fact that it produces more heat is no surprise.
While concerned customers started complaining online, Customers Reports (reviewer of everything, from electronics to cars) started an investigation about this issue:
We’re doing some scientific analysis with thermal imaging. We’re also going to check with our health experts, to see whether it’s an injury risk.
They will report on Tuesday. We will keep you posted about this!
Normally Apple doesn’t react immediately on issues like this, but this time they want to tackle this discussion immediately:
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.
Even though the fact that the device is hotter than the old iPad, the guys at Apple did a good job adding all the new features and power, while keeping the extra heating at 5°C.Contact Us for News Tips, Corrections and Feedback