iPad owners weigh in: Heat ‘issue’ deemed non-factor

By on April 2, 2012 at 9:25 AM.

iPad owners weigh in: Heat ‘issue’ deemed non-factor

An overwhelming 98% of new iPad owners are either “very satisfied” (82%) or “somewhat satisfied” (16%) with their Apple tablets, a recent survey conducted by ChangeWave has determined. This is hardly a surprise, and BGR called the slate not one but two steps ahead of its competition when we reviewed the new iPad in March. Also not surprising is the fact that the majority of iPad owners don’t seem to care very much about the supposed heat issues that constantly pop up in the media’s coverage of the tablet. When ChangeWave polled 200 new iPad owners and asked what they disliked most about the third-generation Apple tablet, 7% listed excessive heat. A majority named the cost of the device as their biggest dislike (26%), and the cost of wireless data plans (23%) was the second-most disliked thing about the iPad. Despite being widely praised for its battery performance, 6% of those polled said short battery life was their most significant dislike. ChangeWave’s full press release follows below. More →

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iPad’s LED backlight could be source of excess heat, expert claims

By on March 21, 2012 at 10:10 PM.

iPad’s LED backlight could be source of excess heat, expert claims

Since the release of the new iPad, the Internet has been overrun with concerns that Apple’s flagship tablet was overheating. The complaints led Consumer Reports to conduct a heat test, which determined the device ran 12 degrees warmer than its predecessor during heavy gaming. The Cupertino-based company, however, maintains that the new tablet is “operating well within our thermal specifications.” Raymond Soneira, president of DisplayMate Technologies, spoke with CNET on Tuesday and said that the LED backlight is most likely the reason for the new iPad’s heating issues “The LED power at maximum brightness is 2.5 times that of the iPad 2. They had to jack up the number of LEDs so the peak brightness is the same as on the iPad 2. That absolutely makes it warmer,” Soneira said. “So, not only do the LEDs need two and a half times more power but the battery is going to run warmer.” The display expert continued, “Look at it this way, the [number of] LEDs is 2.5X compared to the iPad 2, and the battery is 1.7X [larger], so what happens is that if you run your new iPad at full brightness, the battery run time is less because you only put in 70 percent more battery but you’re using 150 percent more power.”
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Reports claim new iPad is too hot to handle

By on March 19, 2012 at 1:50 PM.

Reports claim new iPad is too hot to handle

Apple CEO Tim Cook said on a company conference call on Monday that the new iPad sold in record numbers during its debut weekend. The executive did not share specific sales figures, but Apple did say that demand was “off the charts” when online pre-order inventory sold out last week. While the new iPad offers a number of benefits over its predecessor, there may be one difference between the second and third-generation iPads that consumers are not so happy about. According to emails from BGR readers as well as a number of posts on various forums and social networks like Twitter, some new iPad owners are finding that their tablets suffer from a serious overheating issue during typical usage. The disgruntled users report that the iPad gets so hot it displays the message “the iPad needs to cool down,” and then shuts off. Apple has not commented on the matter, and BGR was not able to replicate the issue on the three iPads we tested. BGR recently reviewed the new iPad and we called its Retina Display “positively stunning.”

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