New iPad runs 10 degrees hotter than iPad 2 in testing, Apple responds to heat concerns

Alex Wagner
Editorial Director of News and Content from  Omaha, NE
| March 20, 2012

New iPad thermal imaging test

The new iPad packs several new features that its predecessors didn't, including a Retina display and 4G LTE connectivity. A new report from shows another way in which the new iPad differs from the iPad 2, though this change isn't something that's been mentioned by Apple. The site has discovered that the new iPad can run about 10 degrees hotter than the iPad 2. It discovered this by running the GLBenchmark for five minutes on both devices and then using an infrared camera to measure the temperatures of both tablets. The new iPad (left) was found to run at about 92.5 degrees Fahrenheit (33.6 degrees Celsius), with the warmest spot being the lower right corner, while the iPad 2 (right) came in at 82.9 degrees Fahrenheit (28.3 degrees Celsius). 

Apple this morning responded to the reports of its new iPad becoming warmer than previous models, telling The Loop that the device offers new features like a Retina display and 4G LTE while "operating well within our thermal specifications." The company says that concerned customers can contact AppleCare. Apple's full statement:

“The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications. If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare.”

Obviously, touching the iPad that's 10 degrees warmer than its predecessor isn't something that's going to send someone to the hospital, but it is noticeable to the touch. As for what may be causing the heat increase, some factors that could contribute to it include the new iPad's high-res display, big battery and its GPU. So far reports of folks experiencing the higher temps seem to be mixed, with some users definitely feeling the warmth while others say that their iPads remain chill while in use. What say you, new iPad owners? Have you noticed your tablet getting a tad warm or does it stay cool to the touch?

Via Engadget,, The Loop

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