Research Shows New iPad Runs 10 Degrees Hotter

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Following anecdotal reports this weekend that the new iPad is noticeably warmer during use than its predecessor, Dutch tech site Tweakers.net has confirmed via infrared cameras that the latest iPad does indeed run hotter by about ten degrees Fahrenheit.

iPad Infrared HotterImage via Tweakers.net.

As translated by Engadget, Tweakers.net compared an iPad 2 with a 2012 iPad while running the GLBenchmark, which tests both the device’s CPU and GPU. After running the benchmark for five minutes, the iPads were examined with an infrared camera which showed the iPad 2 running at 28.3 degrees Celsius (82.9 degrees Fahrenheit) while the 2012 iPad operated at 33.6 degrees Celsius (92.5 degrees Fahrenheit).

Because the CPU in the new iPad is nearly identical to that of the prior generation, Tweakers surmises that the increase in heat is likely due to the much more powerful GPU found in Cupertino’s latest tablet. 

While it is too early to determine if the increased operating temperatures will have a detrimental effect on the longevity or operation of the new iPad, the noticeable increase in heat production may offset the device’s new features for users sensitive to the heat increase.

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4 Comments

Lee Dronick

Only 10? Jim? To hear some of the people screeching about it on the cheap blogs it is running 50? or more.

John Molloy

100 degrees, I’d heard, from the “fatter, heavier, hotter” crowd.

woodbine

It may only be 10deg but if you want an all enclosed case, this could be a real problem.
I would like to buy my first iPad, but this has me thinking that the iPad2 will suffice for now.

Lee Dronick

It may only be 10deg but if you want an all enclosed case, this could be a real problem.
I would like to buy my first iPad, but this has me thinking that the iPad2 will suffice for now.

The upper operating temperature is 95?

I have never noticed my iPad 2 getting hot, or even “warm” except when using it in direct sunlight.  In that situation I think it was more of sunlight heating it in the manner of an automobile parked with the windows closed than the processor working. Sidebar on that, I found the screen to be quite readable in direct sunlight unless you reflect the sun in your eyes.

Hold off a bit on your purchase and see if this a “real” problem or just a small percentage of users experience.

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