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GiantLittleAnimal Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I just got the dreaded temperature warning screen while using Safari to browse things on the web that were not at all computationally intensive. I was sitting in my (rather cool) apartment at the time, and the iPad didn't even feel warm to the touch.

I shut down and restarted, and it worked fine after restart. Anyone else having similar issues (i.e., at room temperature without heating of the iPad)?

  • GiantLittleAnimal Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I've had this happen 4-5 times in three days of ownership now. Anyone else having the same problem?

    The strange thing is that it doesn't seem to happen during tasks that require a lot of processing power. For example, I can watch Netflix and videos fine. Also, I have never used the device in direct sunlight, or even outside, for that matter. Ambient temperature in my apartment is about 68F.
  • John Scott1 Level 2 Level 2 (300 points)
    I am beginning the think their are some real quality control issues with the iPads. Overheating, WIFI issues and such indicate some problems. Because it looks as though the iPad has a passive heat dissipation design. I think this could be a problem because of the iPad design.
  • StevePug2 Level 2 Level 2 (370 points)
    I wonder what the percentage is of malfunction returns? Probably low, I'd guess. But it would be nice to know. Anyway, mine never even gets warm, much less overheat. My iPhone gets warmer than this.
  • GiantLittleAnimal Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Just to clarify, the iPad only feels a (very) little bit warm. My iPhone has felt like it's burning up in my hand and I've never received the warning on that.
  • Inachu Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    The ipad cpu is rated at 1ghz.
    A lot higher than the iphone.

    Not sure how the cpu is adhered to the metal backplate so cant comment much on heat disappation.
  • GiantLittleAnimal Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Right. I understand that. What i'm saying is that the iPad doesn't feel like it's getting hot.
  • GiantLittleAnimal Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I did a soft restore (from backup) yesterday and have now gone over 24h without getting the temperature warning. We'll see if this holds.
  • Bashfool Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I have used mine in direct sunlight keeping track of my sons baseball game. It has shut down twice in 2 days. Apple replaced it and their diagnostics showed it got to 125 deg f inside. I took the new one out this weekend, and it did the same thing. The outside temp was 56 the first time 65 the second time, and 68 the third time. I was in direct sunlight all three times. I like the iPad, but I am frustrated that I can't use it outside. I haven't seen anything from Apple about this either.
  • GiantLittleAnimal Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    It happened again yesterday, and I just got back from exchanging it at the Apple Store. After running the diagnostic, the Genius Bar guy said that the temperature sensor indicated a high temperature of 552 degrees Celsius during the monitored period. So, faulty temperature sensor.

    Hopefully I'll have better luck with #2.
  • Ken Foreman Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
    Today I was using my 64GB iPad with WiFi at Stanton Park in Washington, DC. It was 63'F in the shade. My co-worker and I were setting on a bench in the sun. After little more than 10 minutes, I got the Temperature warning and my iPad turned itself off. It stayed off for about 5-10 minutes so I "let it cool" in the shade. I was then able to use the iPad again, but only in the shade.

    Does my iPad have a bad temperature sensor or can it really go from 63'F to 95'F in the span of 11 minutes in direct sun? Isn't this going to be a problem for almost all iPad users who want to use their iPads outdoors during the summer? Can Apple release a firmware update with a higher temp threshold... or is my iPad that unusual for hitting 95'F on a cool day in direct sun? Should I take it to the Apple store for a Genius to run diags on it?


    Message was edited by: Ken Foreman [fixed typo "all iPad users who want..."]
  • Clayton Rhoades Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
    I just had the same thing. I went outside and was in direct sunlight doing surfing of news web-sites, nothing intensive, and it shut down on me. I put it in the shade for about 10 minutes and it came on for about 5 minutes then gave me the warning again.

    Based on what I'm reading here I'm not sure there is a point to exchange it as it sounds like this may be typical operating procedure for it right now.
  • daddave2 Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
    That's a bummer for sure. I have not had any problems.
  • David. Level 4 Level 4 (2,145 points)
    and you are OK with that? I mean, you'll simply keep the iPad, despite it being extremely finicky about operating conditions that don't affect most other devices?
  • Clayton Rhoades Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)

    Let's see. I could return it, pau a restocking fee and not have it at all. Or, keep it and use it for the 99% of the time that I'm not sitting in direct sunlight. I think I will go with the latter. I spoke with apple after my post and reported it. As expected they said that's it exactly the way it is designed to work. I dare say anon who hasn't experienced it probably hasn't been In direct sunlight yet for a period of time. I also think they will figure out a way to resolve this with a firmware update.
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