Hot or not? Users claim new iPads are overheating [Update]

It’s official (and no big surprise): Apple’s latest iPad is a huge sales success. It’s not hard to understand why – when our very own Brad Sams reviewed the new tablet, he was utterly impressed with its superlative performance, exceptional build quality, and of course, its beautiful new high-definition Retina Display.

The third-generation iPad has only been on sale for a few days, of course, but that’s given its new owners some time to put the device through its paces, and while the vast majority of those who have got their hands on the tablet have nothing but good things to say, not everyone’s experience has been entirely magical.

Some users have reported that their new iPads are experiencing considerable overheating issues. Sites such as BGRMacRumors and CNET have heard from users pointing out that their iPads are getting rather hot. In many cases, the devices are getting so hot that they spew up a message reading “the iPad needs to cool down”, before then shutting down.

While some owners report that their new iPads are simply a lot ‘warmer’ than earlier devices, others claim that their iPads are getting “very, very hot”. Conventional wisdom might expect the tablets to get a bit warmer during intensive use - such as when playing games like Infinity Blade 2 for prolonged periods - but many users have reported a considerable increase in heat even when engaging in relatively ‘tame’ tasks, such as browsing Facebook or composing emails. Some even claim that the device becomes too hot to hold, with much of the heat concentrated in the bottom left corner (in portrait mode).

At the time of writing, the Apple support forums had over 200 comments from owners reporting their iPad heat issues – a drop in the ocean of the three million devices sold in the last few days, but still a cause for concern.

Have you noticed any overheating problems with the new iPad? Do you think it’s a legitimate concern, or just a lot of fuss over nothing? Might this issue even put you off buying an iPad? Neowin member ‘kizzaaa’ noticed that his iPad’s been getting a bit too warm – join in the discussion that he started on our forums, and let us know your thoughts.

Apple hasn't yet commented on the claims, but until they do, owners of the new iPad should take care to ensure that they're not holding it the wrong way.


Update: If you were in any doubt that the new iPad runs hotter than earlier models, Dutch site Tweakers.net (via 9to5Mac) has put together this very handy visualisation, comparing the latest iPad (on the left) running next to the iPad 2.

The infrared image clearly shows that the newer tablet runs a good deal warmer than its predecessor - and the figures confirm what you see: after five minutes of concurrently running GLBenchmark tests, the new iPad was found to be running at 33.6°C (92.5°F), compared with just 28.3°C (82.9°F) for the iPad 2.

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Hot is subjective.

I like the IR pictures and temps, that's measurable.
The question shouldn't be whether or not they're overheating, which it appears they are operating well within their operating limits, but rather, are the limits too warm for children.

I know many who buy the iPad as a way to keep their kids company. Sure it's cost them a lot of smurfberries and the like, but at the end of the day, they don't want their children being harmed.

Will this new temp envelope harm our children, Apple?

Nost Nostinator said,
$600 for a pixel upgrade o.O and we wonder why us as Americans don't have any money.....
A pretty drastic pixel upgrade.

Besides, new versions of items aren't sold exclusively to those who own the previous version.

philcruicks said,
Mines fine I'd say my iPhone gets as hot if not hotter.

My iPhone got hot to the point of giving me a temperature warning whenever I would use it outside in the summer, or inside playing a game a lot of the time. I know it's a lot of stuff they package into a small space, but I haven't had that issue with other phones. Either they don't have similar warnings or they just run cooler.

Enron said,

My iPhone got hot to the point of giving me a temperature warning whenever I would use it outside in the summer, or inside playing a game a lot of the time. I know it's a lot of stuff they package into a small space, but I haven't had that issue with other phones. Either they don't have similar warnings or they just run cooler.

Oh mines never got that hot, even out on a summers day in the heat it's fine, mines more dependant on what I'm doing, intense gaming or watching HD vids for a few hours it starts to get hot but not so hot it gives errors.

I may have noticed mine being warmer than my previous ones but not HOT. I had a Samsung Galaxy for a few days and that ran even warmer. Maybe there is a software fix for it, maybe like the display is receiving too much power which is heating up the device or maybe a CPU usage bug.

I've only noticed the it getting exceptionally "hot" when playing games on it.

Otherwise, watching movies, reading books/magazines, surfing the web, don't produce anything beyond slightly warm in the lower left hand corner.

The device can be held in any orientation. I recommend avoid holding the lower left hand corner (in portrait) by simply rotating it. That way it is able to breath.

Probably wouldn't be a good idea to put this bad boy in an overly enclosed case....

So Apple was correct in saying the sales were indeed smokin' hot. What's next, the iFanPad snap on to cool the device?

Andy, can I ask you a question? Do you read the articles before quoting them?

"In many cases, the devices are getting so hot that they spew up a message reading “the iPad needs to cool down”, before then shutting down."

This quote is from April 2010 and has nothing to do with the new iPad.... Just my two cents...

Haha, I just noticed CNET has issued an update clarifying the "all iPads" have the problem, means that previous 1st gen and 2nd gen iPads as well... A little bit to late after running the rumor mill for whole day yesterday.

Updated at 7:15 p.m. PDT: clarifying "all iPads" to mean previous generations of iPads. In other words, the topic of heat has come up with each previous generation of iPad. And adds comments from staffer at Apple store. Also clarifies that the warm area is "a corner" of the unit instead of a specific corner, as that is not clear at this time.

I've been using mine for many things including long gaming sessions. It does get *warm* but nothing *hot*. It did get pretty warm day 1 when i was loading a ton of apps on it for 4 hours straight over WiFi from at work, but again not hot. Made me feel like there was actually power inside! Feel the burning power!

Breakthrough said,
Of course it's going to overheat... The A5X is just an A5 overclocked until it's "4x faster than the Tegra 3"!

LOL
I don't even know how to respond to a troll like you!

GS:mac

jorden25 said,
same news over and over again with every new iPhone or iPad launch. LOL

They're no worse at launching products than any other manufacturer, they just get more publicity because of the famousness of the company.

jorden25 said,
same news over and over again with every new iPhone or iPad launch. LOL

Wait, so every iPhone or iPad that's launched has been getting too hot? Hmm, must've missed that one...

Bottom left corner? Same happens with my brother's iPod Touch 2nd-gen. And this is a replacement to the one which he originally had with the same problem.

Truly overheating or just getting warmer than the iPad 2?

When I think of overheating, I think of system instability. Maybe it's just per design.

Northgrove said,
Truly overheating or just getting warmer than the iPad 2?

When I think of overheating, I think of system instability. Maybe it's just per design.

If you had RTFA you might have seen this:

In many cases, the devices are getting so hot that they spew up a message reading “the iPad needs to cool down”, before then shutting down.

Northgrove said,
Truly overheating or just getting warmer than the iPad 2?

When I think of overheating, I think of system instability. Maybe it's just per design.

It's is hard to believe when the writer is using a single case from two years ago, and then he is saying "in many cases": "In many cases, the devices are getting so hot that they spew up a message reading “the iPad needs to cool down”, before then shutting down." here is the link that CNET used and then everyone else copied it like brainless lemmings:
CNET: http://news.cnet.com/8301-1392...ew-ipad-have-a-heat-problem

Direct link to the article from April 4, 2010: http://www.theatlanticwire.com...ad-s-hidden-weakness/24956/

Journalism at its best!

This ipad is nothing new. not upgrading if i had the ipad 2 have better color display than this... one can hardly notice the pixel difference even.

benalvino said,
This ipad is nothing new. not upgrading if i had the ipad 2 have better color display than this... one can hardly notice the pixel difference even.


Hey get your eyes checked then cause it is easy to see and tell the differance a good Friend of mine Keith whos eye sight is like looking through 2 toilet paper rolls owns an iPad 2 bought for him by the Blind commision of Oregon and he uses the speaking stuff on it but he has compared both the iPad 2 screen and iPad 3


Guess what even he can Tell the difference and he has Bad eye sight So dont come her complain ther is hardly a difference ...

3D images to my friend as he explains are 2D to him and 2D seem 3D to him for the most part like in movies and such

iPad 2- 132PPI Pixles per Inch with 1024x768 resolution

iPad 3rd- 264PPI with a Resolution of 2048x1536


So if my Friend can see the differance then you Sir as well as many other cliaming the same stuff are 100% more blind then my friend

notuptome2004 said,


Hey get your eyes checked then cause it is easy to see and tell the differance a good Friend of mine Keith whos eye sight is like looking through 2 toilet paper rolls owns an iPad 2 bought for him by the Blind commision of Oregon and he uses the speaking stuff on it but he has compared both the iPad 2 screen and iPad 3


Guess what even he can Tell the difference and he has Bad eye sight So dont come her complain ther is hardly a difference ...

3D images to my friend as he explains are 2D to him and 2D seem 3D to him for the most part like in movies and such

iPad 2- 132PPI Pixles per Inch with 1024x768 resolution

iPad 3rd- 264PPI with a Resolution of 2048x1536


So if my Friend can see the differance then you Sir as well as many other cliaming the same stuff are 100% more blind then my friend

LOL....you people are funny!!

benalvino said,
This ipad is nothing new. not upgrading if i had the ipad 2 have better color display than this... one can hardly notice the pixel difference even.

I hate Apple, I hate iOS, and I especially hate the iPad. That being said, I'm very impressed by their new screen.

(Nothing else though )

Breakthrough said,

I hate Apple, I hate iOS, and I especially hate the iPad. That being said, I'm very impressed by their new screen.

(Nothing else though )

If it makes you feel any better, it's Samsung/LG's screen.

The Stark said,

Have you ever heard of commas and punctuation marks?

The first two commentators "benalvino" and "notuptome2004" seem to have lost their minds for our lolness sake!! hehe

notuptome2004 said,

3D images to my friend as he explains are 2D to him and 2D seem 3D to him for the most part like in movies and such

EPIC!

benalvino said,
This ipad is nothing new. not upgrading if i had the ipad 2 have better color display than this... one can hardly notice the pixel difference even.

What does your comment have anything to do with the article? Can one of the mods please look up this guys replies in the recent Apple related threads? He is here only to spam, in other words, a worthless username on this forum.

stevan said,

What does your comment have anything to do with the article? Can one of the mods please look up this guys replies in the recent Apple related threads? He is here only to spam, in other words, a worthless username on this forum.

So now the Apple faithful are turning to "censorship" to stifle differing opinion.

stevan said,

What does your comment have anything to do with the article? Can one of the mods please look up this guys replies in the recent Apple related threads? He is here only to spam, in other words, a worthless username on this forum.

The introductory statements in this article are praising the upgrades and enhacements of the new iPad, perhaps he is just commenting on that. Not all the comments have to reflect the title of the article but should and mostly only reflect the content of the article. If the articles contains points that explain the new features in the new iPad in comparison to iPad 2, then who are you to stop him? Maybe if you actually read the article than rather glancing at the title and immediately scrolling down to the comments to judge others, we would not have to have this situtation. In fact you display more evident signs of a worthless username on this forum if you do not even take the time to read the actual substance. If you say you did read the article then there is nothing wrong with his opinion and you are just reading the title and instantaneously "spamed" in the comments leaving you still in the wrong here.

Mine has been getting warm but not hot. No way near what I was coping with my old laptop. It can become a bit annoying but I only get it when playing large games like real racing.