I've had my new ipad for a week and didn't like the increased heat from the start. Playing a graphics intensive game like pinball, it heats up to the point that my hands sweat. And the experience is very uncomfortable. I never even noticed any heating up of the ipad2, so this was suprising. I much prefer the ipad2 because of this heat issue.
Additionally, I do not like the increased weight of the new ipad. I enjoy the lighter weight user experience with the ipad 2. I tried to ignore the increased weight but have decided that the ipad 2 simply wins.
The new ipad is a much better to read with but I almost can't belive that I like the old ipad 2 better.
I am returning the new ipad.
I have the new IPAD 32GB Wifi only version since 03/16. Set-up the brightness to 60%.
I was playing Modern Combat 3 for 30mins today when I felt that the new IPAD gets really hot that you can even feel it with cover on(full ipad cover) and uncomfortable to hold. Then the game froze maybe because of over heating? I was not able to restart the game till I let it sit for 10mins. Did not have this problem when I was playing NOVA2.
Did a search on heating problems related to new IPad and found this forum. So it was not only me who is having this issue. I will try the battery drain thing to see if that helps.
Just some stats:
Battery at 50%. As a simple stress test I've been running a YouTube video for a few hours now at full brightness. A informal reading with a meat thermometer (lol) has it at about ~95 F. With the smart cover on it's at ~89 F. It's livable with the smart cover. Without it it's not awful, but uncomfortable. I'll wait for a bit and then test at around 80% brightness.
Okay, after posting a few messages here with concerns, I finally picked up the AT&T 64GB iPad 3 today at the local Apple store.
Got it home, it was at 80% charged (have not messed with charging it yet). First order of business was to install Real Racing 2 (great game, BTW...I think I got it for 0.99 or maybe free, but had no space for it on my iPad1). I played it for about 1 hour and 30 minutes. Brightness was at the default 50% with auto on.
The unit very slowly started to get warm. For most of the time, I could flip the unit over and it was cool on the other side, but my left hand was blocking the speaker. After a while, it warmed up to the point my hands were sweating very mildly. I do not consider it to have gotten hot, but it got warm to the point I wanted to put it down as it just didn't feel right.
The ambient temperature was cool. I'm on the fence at this point.
I bought the iPad 3 from local BB March 16th. Replacing my iPad 2 for the kids. I didn't have it more than a few hours when my kids complained to me that it was getting hot. It shut down twice while there were playing games. I figured it just needed drained and charged. I tried. Couple days later it still was running hot. My 4yr old little girl had it on her lap and she said it burnt her. My wife examined her legs and said they were red. I took the POS back to BB and got my money back. So parents be warned! Stick with the iPad 2. New iPad has a major heat problem. Hopefully Apple will admit that it does have a problem and refund or exchange the units.
So exemos, is it normal for there to be some warmth when using an ipad? I have the new ipad and it warms up, but not hot to the point of being unable to hold. I have had a lot of people telling me that I was stupid to get the new ipad. I didn't worry about the warming at first, but now I am getting concerned especially when I read the posts of people who say their ipads stay cool all of the time without even warming up. Can you tell me exemo if it is typical for some warmth. My Macbook Pro gets hot on the bottom near the top, but I have never worried about it. If you can tell me exemo or anyone else can tell me if the warming is typical and okay. I am sick and tired of people telling me that I was stupid to buy it and should just return it and that I am in denial about the warmth that I am feeling and thinking there isn't any problem. Please someone give me an answer one way or another.
Kim Hill1 wrote:
>>>> "My 4yr old little girl had it on her lap and she said it burnt her. My wife examined her legs and said they were red." <<<<
I don't believe you.
I don't care if you believe me or not. I wouldn't have even posted if I didn't in some way hope that some parents would read my post and be WARNED about the heat problem. DO NOT let your little kids play with the new iPad without first testing it out. With the amount of debate in this thread. You can use your own logical conclusion on what to do. Perhaps only the first production units have this problem. The one we purchased through BB was not just warm to the touch after few hours of play. As some people are posting in this thread. But ours was very hot!
SO BE WARNED PARENTS!
Get them while there HOT, the New iPan! Seriously, bought one at launch on the 16th at walmart got hot as **** playing Real Racing 2, returned it after 4 days! Thought maybe bad batch at Walmart, tried Best Buy same issue, returned it! Tried Target, same problem but worse, got burning HOT just surfing web and tweeting! Also on all of them, the wall plug charger got real HOT as well when charging!! Im not talking just warm, but HOT! This is a serious issue because you can actually feel the heat! Plus the ipad 2 never even broke a sweat or got warm, so people will notice right away! I hope Apple does something quick, this is a hand held device not a toaster oven that sits on your counter!
They ALL get warm. I tested a lot of display models and they were all warm. The people that say they run cool are either lying or have the brightness turned down and services off.
Having said that, there are different levels of warmth. There are people that claim that the iPad gets so hot that it shuts down automatically. That is a big red flag right there, and they should return immediately.
There is a second set of users whose warm/hot iPad can be attributed to software (restore backup from previous iPad version) or "break-in" period. Seems like after a few cycles of full charge and discharge, the iPad starts getting less warm and charging period decreases. (I am in this group.)
My iPad now only gets mildly warm but not uncomfortably warm. Still after an hour or so using the iPad, my hand starts to sweat when holding the problem area. This was simply not an issue with either the iPad 1 or 2. To some this is a small price to pay for the excellent screen and extra horse power. To me this is unacceptable, and I am returning the item.
If you still doubt the heat issues. Every single blog and online publication that has covered this issue has verified that the new iPad gets warm. The only disagreement is whether or not this is a big issue. To me it is a deal breaker.
Hi StacySS and folks in here
I had been facing the same issue since i got my pre-ordered and engraved iPad shippe on the 19th. It was hot (really hot !!) on the left corner (that is if u have the iPad in Portrait with the meny button at the bottom) . I wasnt doing much , just downloaded a few apps , surfing the net for about 30 min. I was reading through all the threads in here and that some people were finding it warm and others are fnding it really hot . Thats where the dilemma is .. :-0 I went to the Apple store today with my iPad , downloaded some apps like real racing 2 HD on the ipads on display and asked my friend to play the same app on the ipads on display while I was playing it on my own iPad for 30 min. Well after 3 min , my iPad was hot like baking oven while the one on display was warm. Thats how I figured out that there is something wrong in my iPad and decided to exchange it with a new one at the store .
I have been using my new iPad(well new , exchanged )it for 5 hours straight doing all sorts of things and it is just warm on the left bottom corner , no where near the heat I felt in the previous one after about just 30 min of usage.
Conclusion :: There was most probably a a entire lot of defective iPads and people who have been unlucky enough to recieve theirs from that lot are the ones complaining and their complaints are just!!
Advise : exchange ur iPad with a new one at the nearest Apple store if u are having a feeling that ur new iPad is overheating or getting unusually warm on limited usage.
I'm on my 3rd iPad, and this one is staying much cooler than the previous 2. *knock on wood*
I posted about my experiences earlier. I was thinking maybe I'd try the white bezel (maybe slightly less heat absorption? idk). I went to the local Best Buy after returning at the Apple Store. The guy was cool and would've gladly exchanged again and reset my 14 days, but I thought that I'd try a new place. The black 64 wasn't in stock, so my mind was made up for me.
Anyway, I transferred my 10-15 GB or so of apps from the app store and didn't have to set down or reposition. It was just a little warm. My new iPad (64 GB white wifi model) cooled off within a minute of the last install and is maybe slightly warm as I've been using it the past couple of hours, but it's definitely comfortable (compared to my previous 100+ degree units for sure).
No out of memory entries (or anything else) in my diagnostic log yet.
No issue at all if it stays like this. Do something if yours is still having issues. Don't listen to the guys here pretending that they're all created equal.