Apple’s new iPad Temperature Issue was “Overblown” Says PCWorld

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Online tech and gadget magazine PCWorld stated that Apple’s new iPad temperature issue “seems to be overblown.” That’s after they tested the latest tablet and found out that its thermal specification is almost the same as the Android tablets.

PCWorld: Apple’s new iPad vs. Android Tablets

PCWorld conducted an infrared thermometer testing on the new iPad and found that it can run 2-7 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than its predecessor, the iPad 2. However, the reading was in line with other tablets like the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer Prime and Samsung Galaxy 10.1.

Although the tablet’s temperature increased during charging, the highest thermal reading they’ve recorded was 100 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s two degrees within the Galaxy tab’s temperature, considering that they’re playing a graphic-intensive game for an hour while the tablet was plugged into a power adapter.

While using the battery power, Apple’s new iPad hit a 97 degrees Fahrenheit reading. Although that’s six degrees hotter than iPad 2, it’s still cooler than the Galaxy tablet. Moreover, 97 degrees Fahrenheit is equivalent to 36 degrees Celsius. That’s cooler than the normal body temperature.

Melissa Perenson noted on the report:

“Despite all of the media attention over the iPad’s (and other tablets’) operating temperatures, the issue seems to be overblown. None of the four tablets we tested ever get so warm that I could detect screen discoloration of the type that some users of early units of the iPhone 4 reported.

“ASUS’s Transformer Prime, Apple’s iPad 2 and the new iPad all have metal backs, which pull heat away from the internal components, whereas the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 has a plastic back. All four tablets get warmer when their brightness is set to maximum. And all will get warmer still if they are sitting in a case or are packed on an insulating surface such as a blanket or your jeans.”

New iPad, Still Recommended by CNET

PCWorld’s tests confirmed CNET’s previous finding that “the new 2012 iPad runs warmer than the iPad 2, but it’s not hotter than many laptops under similar conditions.” Thus, the site finds no reason to change their buying recommendation towards Apple’s latest tablet. Their thermal experiment was conducted in comparison to conventional laptops like the i5 MacBook Pro and Dell Inspiron.

The site pointed out:

“The higher temperature generated by the new iPad compared with the iPad 2 was noticeable to the touch but uncomfortably so. The warmest point that we recorded on the iPad is the Apple logo on the back. In our tests it got up to 98 degrees, but it’s important to put that number into perspective. Ninety-eight degrees may sound high, but that’s actually normal than your body temperature.”

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