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.”
Apple may have delayed the iPhone 5 launch until next year due to an overheating dual-core A5 chip, a new report from Sohu.com suggests. Rumor has it (and it’s purely a rumor right now) that Apple will instead launch the iPhone 5 later this year or early next when the A6 chip is available — or after it figures out the A5 overheating problems. Sohu.com also said Apple will instead introduce a slightly upgraded “iPhone 4S” device, with the same form factor as the iPhone 4, in September or October. The device is expected to feature an 8-megapixel camera, and it will also sport a faster dual-core processor, two specs that are on a par with earlier reports. With all the recent chatter surrounding a more significant iPhone update due later this year, it’s likely that Sohu.com is working with old intel in this instance. More →
As if Sony didn’t have enough issues to deal with, Rockstar, the developer behind hits like Grand Theft Auto and L.A. Noir, is reporting that the latest 3.61 firmware update for the Sony PS3 is causing units to overheat. “We have received some reports of PS3s overheating while playing L.A. Noire or beeping three times before shutting down / turning themselves off, mostly on older 60GB and 80GB fat models,” Rockstar customer service team said on its support page, as reported by MCVUK. The developer suggested that the problem is not limited to L.A. Noir and that gamers are experiencing the same issue on other titles — the red light or PS3 freeze usually occurs 30 minutes to 2 hours into gameplay. Hit the jump for a statement from Rockstar’s customer service, which the company has clarified is not official.