According to early user reports, the new iPad may be prone to becoming physically warm during use, especially in the lower left-hand corner when holding the iPad upright in portrait mode. The question of whether the iPad has a temperature problem has been asked on both the Apple Discussion Boards and in the MacRumors forums, and articles on CNET, The Next Web and Gizmodo have all brought unwanted attention to the new iPad’s heat.
In some cases, the iPad has gotten so hot that an error screen appears, according to The Next Web, rendering the iPad temporarily inoperable with a simple message: “iPad needs to cool down before you can use it.” (Funny, I used to say the same thing about myself in high school).
The uncomfortable heat has been attributed to the new iPad’s larger battery and larger graphics chip. The iPad’s new Retina display, with four times as many pixels as the screen on the iPad 2, as well as the optional 4G LTE chip, reportedly required a larger battery in order to maintain high battery life.
Apple did not immediately respond to request for comment. Until then, we will continue to monitor the iPad’s hotness, both in consumer demand and physical, perhaps discomforting, warmth.
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