Hot New iPad? Apple Says It’s “Well Within Our Thermal Specifications”

By: Josh Wolford - March 20, 2012

Apple has responded to all the recent reports that the new iPad is a little too hot. No, not scandalous – or even popular (which it is), but actually hot to the touch.

Various new owners have complained about the issue on Apple forums and the like, for example:

My 64gb, wifi/LTE new ipad is 96.8 degrees currently (and must have crafty artificial intelligence because it’s as if it KNEW I’d brought out my laser temperature scanner and cooled down for reading). It has been very hot to hold, lower left side, since first use. I’ll continue to monitor with scanner…


Mine is a 64 with WIFi and LTE – LTE not hooked up yet – got hot enogh that I measured with infared thermometer and it was 117 degree after 10 minutes – my little boy says its too hot to hold – (Great !) but seriously its not comfortable and I will be returning to the store

To be fair, there are also plenty of people that are reporting no serious overheating issues with the new device.

Then today, a Dutch tech site put out a report that showed the new iPad operating at nearly 10 degrees Farenheit warmer than the iPad 2. The new iPad was clocked at 92.48º F.

Now Apple has made a statement on the matter. Apple’s Trudy Muller told All Things D:

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.

Well, there you have it. Call them if it gets to hot. In Apple’s defense, 92.48º F is inside their environmental requirement specs, which give the new iPad an operating temperature of 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C). But if the device is getting too hot for people to hold, there is definitely a problem.

Have you experienced any heat issues with your new iPad? Let us know in the comments.

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  • Neil

    Can this overheating issue could affect the quality of the New iPad after a period of time? This will surely affect the sales of this new tablet. I think the best solution would be to extend the warranty of the New iPad, but it would be better if they will recall every device and let the consumers wait for the improved version. Just my opinion!