Is the new iPad too hot to handle?

Does the iPad have heat issues?

Reader Steve Stern has a new iPad and a warmer lap. He writes:

I just traded up from my iPad 2 to a new iPad (32 GB 4G model). I like it a lot but it seems to run hotter than my old iPad. Am I imaging that?

No. I have a new iPad as well and it does run warmer than my first- and second-generation iPads. I’ve noticed it when using GarageBand and playing some graphics-intense games. If you flip the iPad so it’s face down you’ll feel the heat along the right edge in the middle of the device. Look through iFixIt’s teardown of the new iPad and you’ll see that this is the location of the logic board.

We’re not the only ones. There are a couple of threads on Apple’s discussion forums (here and here) where participants talk about the issue.

The real question is whether this is something to worry about. According to Apple, no. As reported by AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka, Apple PR’s Trudy Muller issued this 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.”

As I said, mine gets warm, but not alarmingly so. I’ve had laptops that run far hotter. But if you find that yours is uncomfortably hot, I’d suggest you follow Apple’s advice and contact AppleCare.

Join the newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.
Rocket to Success - Your 10 Tips for Smarter ERP System Selection
Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Christopher Breen

Macworld.com
Show Comments

Cool Tech

SanDisk MicroSDXC™ for Nintendo® Switch™

Learn more >

Breitling Superocean Heritage Chronographe 44

Learn more >

Toys for Boys

Family Friendly

Panasonic 4K UHD Blu-Ray Player and Full HD Recorder with Netflix - UBT1GL-K

Learn more >

Stocking Stuffer

Razer DeathAdder Expert Ergonomic Gaming Mouse

Learn more >

Christmas Gift Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Walid Mikhael

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

It’s easy to set up, it’s compact and quiet when printing and to top if off, the print quality is excellent. This is hands down the best printer I’ve used for printing labels.

Ben Ramsden

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

Brainstorming, innovation, problem solving, and negotiation have all become much more productive and valuable if people can easily collaborate in real time with minimal friction.

Sarah Ieroianni

Brother QL-820NWB Professional Label Printer

The print quality also does not disappoint, it’s clear, bold, doesn’t smudge and the text is perfectly sized.

Ratchada Dunn

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The Huddle Board’s built in program; Sharp Touch Viewing software allows us to easily manipulate and edit our documents (jpegs and PDFs) all at the same time on the dashboard.

George Khoury

Sharp PN-40TC1 Huddle Board

The biggest perks for me would be that it comes with easy to use and comprehensive programs that make the collaboration process a whole lot more intuitive and organic

David Coyle

Brother PocketJet PJ-773 A4 Portable Thermal Printer

I rate the printer as a 5 out of 5 stars as it has been able to fit seamlessly into my busy and mobile lifestyle.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?