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Thermal images show third-gen iPad heat

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By Charles Starrett

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Published: Tuesday, March 20, 2012
News Categories: iPad


New thermal images of the third-generation iPad show that the device does indeed heat up in the bottom corner. Dutch site reports (Translated Link) that it sat a third-generation iPad next to an iPad 2 and ran GLBenchmark on each device. After five minutes, the temperature at the hottest point on both devices was measured, with the iPad 2 heating to 28.3º C (roughly 83º F) and the third-gen unit reaching 33.6º C, or roughly 93º F. Apple quotes the third-generation iPad’s operating temperature as 32º to 95º F, so while the unit is indeed getting warm, it is still within normal ranges. [via Engadget]

Update: As noted in the comments, the operating temperature as listed on Apple’s site pertains to the environment around the iPad, not the unit itself.

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The “Operating Temperature” spec of 95º F pertains to the environment the iPad is used in, not the surface temperature of the case. This spec means the new iPad should function without fault up to a 95º F air temperature, and the case would be much hotter than that.

Posted by rockmyplimsoul on March 20, 2012 at 11:12 AM (PDT)

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