At this point, you’re probably aware that Apple’s new iPad includes an almost double-size battery compared to that of its predecessor – the iPad 2. While there are advantages to this, such as the crazy-long battery life – (in our own testing we were able to achieve well over 48-hours with moderate to light usage) – there are also a few disadvantages which you may want to take into account if you’re planning on getting your hands on one.
One significant disadvantage to the new iPad’s larger battery pack is its charge time. It makes sense, right? – Larger battery pack, longer battery charge time. Unfortunately, the new iPad takes several hours to reach full capacity. We’re talking, in excess of 6-hours – so, you might want to get into a habit of charging this bad boy overnight.
Highlighting another potential issue with the new iPad’s larger battery pack this afternoon, though, the guys at Gizmodo report that a growing number of threads on a selection of tech-related message boards appear to be showing a small, (but altogether notable), group of users who are complaining about the new device ‘overheating’.
Sure, we’ve been here before … but, according to the report, we’re not just talking about the new iPad getting a little warm. Heck, we pointed out the device could experience an increase in temperature during extensive use in our recently published first hands-on impressions of the tablet.
No, instead, we’re talking some units overheating to the point where the iPad becomes inoperable.
Reportedly pinpointed to a certain corner of the device, TheNextWeb reports that at least some users appear to be noting that their iPad simply ‘shuts down,’ then proceeding to display a message which reads “This iPad needs to cool down.”
That said, it’s worth noting that Apple itself states on Apple.com that the new iPad’s optimum operating temperature is between 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C), while its non-operating temperature is -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C).
TheNextWeb notes that at least one of the user reports it received came from Texas, an area which it is expected temperatures often exceed 35° C – which isn’t to say this is suddenly considered a ‘non-issue,’ but we imagine weather conditions have definitely played a small part in at least some of these reported cases.[via Gizmodo]