I have the same problem with overheating. I have my 64 LTE wifi thru Verizon in a felt lined leather case and it gets so hot that I can feel it thru the leather and the front glass gets pretty warm mostly on the left side. I think if it were a rubber case it would warp it. I do think it's from running the brightness full on I turned mine to the half way point and turned off auto brightness today so I'll see if that makes a dirrerence, if not I will return it I've only had mine for a couple of months but this happens every time I use it.
I fly and this overheating issue is not just inconvienient. My previous iPad 1 and iPad 2 only overheated once ... both were the result of my setting it on the glareshield while refueling ... hot location and both would overheat in that situation. I considered those instances "operator error".
I fly with two iPads running ... one with traffic and weather on the copilots yoke and one in my lap with moving map navigation running. Admittedly both are cpu intensive applications. When I got my iPad 3, I gave the iPad to my Granddaughter, having complete confidence in the product. On my first long cross country (4 hour flight) the iPad 3 (moving map navigation) felt much warmer in my lap than the iPad 2, which I had moved to the copilot's yoke spot. It fianally just overheated and shut down ... not good when flying. I had a switcheasy nude case on it and thought that maybe it wasn't allowing it to disappate heat, so I removed the switcheasy case and on the second leg (3 hours), and it reamained warm, fianally it overheated and shut down again!! This is very worrysome. Shutting down enroute is one thing, but shutting down in on an instrument approach in the soup is quite another. I use this as a backup, and I am effectively losing my backup ... not good.
I am chargeing both while flying so that probably contributes to them operating at elevated temps, but the iPad 1 and iPad 2 NEVER overheated to the shutdown point, with the exception of the times where I put it in direct sunlight in a hot cockpit. While in my lap, neither of them ever felt warm.
The iPad 3 is prone to overheating and something is wrong with it. I have no idea why anyone on this forum would deny that. In an aviation application, it has the potential to be dangerous. I'm not flying a video game, I'm flying my family.
Apple needs to fix this and quit denying that it has a problem. I am going to try the "deplete the battery and recharge" thing, but don't really hold a lot of hope for that. We'll see. I probably have it operating in as harsh an environment as possible, but the previous models worked flawlessly. The iPad has quickly become the "darling" of the aviation community, but this overheating issue will kill the deal. The FAA has allowed the iPad to be used in certain commercial applications ... just wait until one of those shuts down in flight ... there will be more than grumbling on a forum resulting from that.
What an enormous load of nonsense.
First, the outrageous insinuation about danger for your family... The FAA carefully and stringently circumscribes permitted in-flight iPad uses to avoid cases where a failure would compromise flight safety.
And the idea that you would entrust your family's safety to inexpensive, re-purposed consumer electronics — is absurd.
A quick look at Google reveals that there were occasional heating problems even with previous iPad models (as might be expected for consumer electronics re-purposed for niche uses). Also- no significant trend of complaints about the new model — despite the iPad being one of the biggest trends in civil aviation.
You say that "Apple needs to fix this and quit denying that it has a problem." Hmmm- sounds a lot like some other posters we've seen here. Many of them posted such claims the same day they joined here — just like you.
Apple has sold close to 20 million new iPads, yet somehow these claims are made mostly by a tiny group of forum blowhards, as opposed to the tech press or reputable bloggers.
Like so much of your post, the suggestion that if an iPad "shuts down in flight ... there will be more than grumbling on a forum resulting from that" — is pure b******t.
Here's an update, I was having really bad over heating problems, so turned the brightness down to 50% and turned off the auto brightness I have not had a problem with it getting hot since I made the corrections, so anyone that is having overheating problems should go into settings and check the brightness settings and turn it down and shut off the auto setting because if the auto is not off it will go right back to full brightness and the heating problem will contuine.
You need to read the posts you profanely respond to a little closer.
And you might consider being just the slightest bit civil.
I was an early adopter of the iPad in the aviation setting and remain an advocate. I love the product (you... not so much). The 3 overheats. It's not trustworthy in an aviation environment. I'll keep it at home and use it for email, book reading and web browsing, but I won't fly with it and I would advise others not to use it in an aviation setting either. I will replace it with another 2, which has performed flawlessly.
Everything that goes on in an airplane is a safety issue ... everything should work ... the iPad 3 doesn't.
Cherokee Pilot wrote:
[The iPad 3 is] not trustworthy in an aviation environment...
Perhaps that's why the FAA forbids in-flight use of *any* iPad model for purposes where flight safety is contingent on their trustworthiness.
Your posts are so full of disinformation that I question whether you're even a pilot.
Ok, now I'm going to step back into the arena.
You're full of complete and utter horse****, and we all know you're just a nasty person who's rude to everyone who finds their iPad gets too hot. Apple even has a video on their website of pilots using iPads, and iPhones and iPads have Airplane mode to shutdown the transceiver and receiver for Internet or phone call use. It's the VERY FIRST setting in Settings! As long as you engage Airplane mode you can most certainly use your iPhone or iPad on the plane. What, you don't think people listen to music on the plane?
You just think you know everything about everything. I agree with the previous poster that the iPad 2 had virtually flawless performance. Sometimes apps would crash more than they should and I haven't had that problem with the new iPad, but we all know it gets warm to hot depending on brightness levels.
To the poster before that, you shouldn't have to turn your brightness down to 50% to use it. It was designed to go up to 100%. If they couldn't keep it cool under those circumstances they shouldn't have allowed it to get that bright in the first place. Had they done their due diligence in R&D and moved the CPU towards the center or an area where your hands don't grip it, it would be much less of an issue. But instead they cheaped out and kept virtually the same PCB layout.
Kim, why don't you come to my city and feel my iPad and every iPad in the two stores in my area? You seem so devoted to attacking anyone who has any issues with the iPad. Instead of spending all your time online trolling, go out in the field and actually test a bunch of them instead of calling us all liars. You have more posts here than anyone else. Get a life.
Apple even has a video on their website of pilots using iPads, and iPhones and iPads have Airplane mode to shutdown the transceiver and receiver for Internet or phone call use. It's the VERY FIRST setting in Settings!
Please come back when you have at least a vague idea about what's being discussed here.
Unfortunately the iPads chassis is its heatsink. Keeping it in a leather case will only make it hotter than it already is. You should leave the back exposed to the air. Even when I use it in bed on my memory foam mattress it gets a lot hotter than just holding it.
I used to use my iPad 2 all the time but I rarely use the new one because of the heat. It's gorgeous display was the only reason I kept it, and I'm on my third one. This one has the best screen with no yellow tints anywhere from the glue.
If the new iPad doesn't fit your needs appropriately then using the iPad 2 seems like a good choice. The new iPad has more processing power and a much more power demanding screen so yes it's going to get warm and under certain circumstances according to some by opinion hot. Apple has implemented a safety on it that does turn it off when too hot. This actually happened to my iPhone 4s because I threw it into my backpack with the camera app still running in the foreground while I played basketball out in sunny 92 degree temperature. When I reached for it again for some picture raking it shut off and displayed the temperature warning. It's the first time I had seen that personally ever on any iOS device including my new iPad which by the way is working just fine. I'm wondering though what weather applications work on an iPad with air plain mode activated? Seems rather suspect in theory if you ask me. Why? Well, because of you need live data for weather then you can't be in airplane mode and if you don't need the data, then how does the weather app update it's information? Couldn't be wifi because that too does not work in airplane mode, or does it? Also, with somewhat over 60 gazillion buttons and instruments in that cockpit, how does this iPad become necessary outside of a good movie or some of your own music playlist? Too many holes in this story but if you say so I'm glad you found a resolve in using the iPad 2, one of several options available when you find your new iPad too hot to handle.
I understand why the 3 gets warmer (more processing power and that display is stunning) ... it just shouldn't get so hot that it shuts down. That's the deal breaker for me. I agree wih you, the 2 works well, so I will go back to the 2 as it doesn't have this overheating problem. I will have solved my problem, but was just trying to prevent others from having the same experience I had. My post was intended to informative and helpful to other pilots ... not argumentative or insulting. It appears that certain participants in this forum seem to have a heart at war ... too bad. I'm sure there's a lot to improve on in the relationships they have in their lives. They should get busy with that and off these forums.
The FAA allows the use of the iPad to replace paper charts as an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB), provided you personally certify that it doesn't interfere with onboard comm/nav equipment (in Part 91 operations - basically the "not for hire" private pilots - guys who just fly their airplanes like you'd drive your car). In all other applications, like the ones I mentioned, it is used to improve situational awareness or as a backup. It is not ever to be used as a primary means of navigation.
Airplanes do lose power (alternators fail, belts break, etc.), and the iPad is a self contained battery powered device that won't be affected by loss of aircraft power. In that capacity it is an excellent backup in what is otherwise a potentially serious situation. An iPad with a bad elf WAAS GPS can get you safely down if there is an electrical failure. Not plan A but a pretty good plan B.
The weather and traffic that work on the iPad are ADS-B (TIS-B and FIS-B) again provided by our friends at the FAA. This is the NextGen replacement for enroute and terminal radar we've all know for years. It's a GPS based system so the technology is outstanding. The weather product is NEXRAD (similar to XM weather on garmin devices, except it's free). My airplane is equipped with ADS-B out and in so I am able to fully participate in the weather and traffic offerings. The iPad is a really good MFD (multifunction display) due to that stunning display.
Finally, in "airplane mode" both WiFi and Bluetooth can still be enabled. Airplane mode is designed to prevent the iPad from transmitting (and possibly creating interference with onboard comm/nav devices). WiFi and Bluetooth are passive receivers o the interference issue is resolved. My certified ADS-B transponder provides both a WiFi and Bluetooth out signal in addition to the hardwire connection to the transponder and Garmin GTN650 comm/nav. I use the WiFi feature as it can feed both iPads (and passengers too if they are interested) and I am able to monitor the Weather and Traffic on one very nice device.