New iPad runs 12 degrees hotter than earlier models during intensive use
Apple's new third generation iPad runs significantly hotterthan its two predecessors during intensive use, a test by the consumer magazine has revealed.
According to 'Consumer Reports', the newest version of the market-leading tablet computer, that has sold over three million units since launch on Friday, ran as hot as 116 degrees after running a graphics-intensive video game for 45 straight minutes. The test showed that the device got hottest on its back panel, in one corner, likely near the computer processor.
It was hottest when plugged into an outlet, The Los Angeles Times reports. "During our tests, I held the new iPad in my hands. When it was at its hottest, it felt very warm but not especially uncomfortable if held for a brief period," wrote Donna L. Tapellini of Consumer Reports.
Meanwhile, Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller said the new iPad operates 'well within our thermal specifications,' and that if iPad owners have concerns they should contact Apple customer service for help. She, however, did not elaborate on the device's precise thermal specifications.
Apple has earlier said that the new iPad 's battery lasts ten hours. That's about the same as the earlier models, but the new device has a far more sophisticated screen and graphics processor, both of which require more power to operate than the earlier models.