New iPad encountering overheating issues?
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There's no doubt the folks over at Cupertino know how to churn out some quality products, yet it seems every launch is marred by a nagging problem or issue. The “defects” have ranged from signal weakness on the iPhone 4, poor battery life on the iPhone 4s and light leakage on the iPad 2, and sadly it looks like the new iPad might not be bringing anything new.
According to a report by thenextweb, some users have seen their new iPad overheat when used directly in the sun for times ranging from 10 minutes to an hour. Apparently the device will progressively heat up, and then reach a point where it turns off and a warning image is displayed stating “iPad needs to cool down before you can use it”.
While the warning page does look like a protective feature that’s also found in the iPhone, multiple users on the Apple discussion board and the macrumors forums have also been complaining that their new iPad is getting a bit toasty for the digits. The heat issue seems to specifically affect the lower left hand of the device, and appears to be influencing the 4G and Wi-Fi/3G versions equally.
The working theory for now is that the larger battery and LTE antenna are contributing to the increased temperatures, but that doesn’t fully explain the Wi-Fi version problems. For the time being, Apple hasn't officially addressed the problem, and while high temperatures are an expected side effect of prolonged use, higher than normal ranges could end up adversely affecting the life span of the device.