Hands up who has an iPhone 4s?
Hands up who has downloaded sky gamblers on the iPhone 4s?
Play it for 10 minutes. It gets BURNING HOT!
Use your phone for 30 minutes on a call. It gets BURNING HOT!
Use it as a navigation tool, guess what? It gets HOT!
These are all stressful applications for a compact mobile device...
Is this normal? I have searched the web, and cannot find anyone complaining about it and taking their iPhone 4s back to apple complaining that it is getting too warm to hold.
Again, as many have stated. It is normal for electronics to get hot under stress. Don't blame apple for this, it is a physical result of consumer demand for faster, higher resolution ground breaking devices.
If you are concerned about the heat that is generated by your iPad, you will be told this is normal. Apple may try to throttle back on the resource usage for non demanding apps.
That is a simple software change, but if you play sky gamblers at full brightness, just like the iPhone 4s, don't be surprised when your iPad 3rd gen gets HOT!
It's been fun, but I think I will now leave this thread.
Thanks guys, enjoy your iPads!
I assume iPad3 does not have any moving parts. So, these hot air you are experience is not coming from friction.
This heat that you are experiencing is may be to improper shield of microwave and other similar communication between different apparatus of your iPad.
Do you have kids? If not stay away from your genitals.
Or get an genital microwave or radioactive measurement to watch how much radiation you are exposing to your genitals, he he he
Agree that comfortably warm is OK. But mine actually gets so hot that warning pops up saying to turn it off. Same warning I got after accidentially leaving iphone in car for hours one day. Got warning on new iPad after 10 minutes of use -- only one app (news reading program) running. That is NOT normal.
Yup! Now we are getting it :)
Sarask76, it is exactly that... Friction. Friction of electrons. The faster they move, the more heat is generated. It's called kinetic energy and is the transfer of energy from one body to another. There may be some microwaves as well, but let's not get alarmist. Do you have an iPad? Eh?
Wish I hadn't peered back now. Afraid I may be addicted to this thread lol
If you get a warning message that it needs to shut down because it is too hot, and you were not in direct sunlight or have ambient temperature over 95 degrees then you have a defective product and should exchange it. I went out of my way to stress both of mine, but I did it indoors, and neither ever got over 110 degrees which is quite warm but not hot and definitely not warm enough to cause a forced shutdown.
I received my Wifi 32Gb iPad on the release day here in the UK. I could immediately tell it was running warm/hot, even before the fuss began online. Yes, it was very warm. No, it wouldn't burn me. But it was too warm to hold comfortably for long periods, and I was worried it was cause damage over time. I rang Apple straight away and arranged a replacement.
The replacement I received was exactly the same - I was now a bit confused... were all iPad 3's like this, or was I just being over-sensitive?
As a last-ditch attempt, I picked up a 3rd iPad 3 from elsewhere. This one was totally different and worked out of the box - it gets only very mildly warm when used on HD games for a long time, not hot, and you can easily hold it.
Here's the conculsion I can draw from this - there are DEFINATELY some heating issues with SOME iPad 3s. I've had 2 bad and one good unit.
So, come on Apple, sort this out - you know that some people have retunred them that run too hot - you have those units, so you can test them to see why. But please 'fess up - you're the biggest company in the world! Personally I'd think twice before ordering something from Apple again on release day.
Also, for those lucky enough to have cool iPad 3s, don't be off-hand with those claiming they have warm ones - they really DO have significantly warmer iPads.
I called Apple Care again with the specific question as to what exact temperature reading on the back of the new ipad is considered normal or not. She put me on hold and got in touch with a senior advisor. Measuring the temperature of the back of ipad is easy and anyone can do it to get a numerical representation that we can all understand instead of using verbal descriptions as to the heat generated by the new ipad. I have already posted that getting 100 to 110 degrees (more specifically 104 to 108) appeared to be normal to me after testing two ipads. Since Kim felt Apple had not addressed this, I called to have them address it.
After a quite lengthy conversation with a senior advisor, Apple is categorically stating that 100 to 110 degrees as measured on the back of the new ipad is normal and within specs, furthermore they don’t consider anything under 115 an actual problem or defect. So I am not sure there is a bad batch or defect, the new ipad is just much warmer than people are accustomed. It just comes down to personal preference, and how you use it. If you push it then get used to 105 degrees because that is normal. What they could do with a software update (and this would help the charging issue too) is redefine the brightness slider bar and make what is currently 80% brightness the new 100% brightness. I am not saying that is a good solution, just throwing it out there.
Thank you for the information Sangnas, that is the information that is more helpful. Unfortunately multiple full battery discharges made absolutely no difference in my two ipads. They gave exactly the same readings.
Just bought new iPad yesterday (Wi-Fi 4G 64GB Black - Verizon), replacing iPad 2. Purchased from Apple Store in Boston.
So far much better luck than many folks in this post. Unboxed at 85% charge, set brightness to about 3/4 (optimal for indoor use to my eyes),then used the thing for about 4 hours straight. Video, Safari, Twitter, Mail, Kindle, downloaded apps thru iCloud. Did not activate wireless and did not run any processor-intensive apps (i.e., games). The thing got a little warm, could tell the difference from iPad 2, but not uncomfortable and certainly not capable of burning anybody.
Battery was still > 30% when I went to bed, so I left the display on overnight to discharge. In the morning plugged it in using 10W brick and supplied cable and it only took 5 hours to charge back to 100%.
Off and running again today, downloaded a couple newspapers plus a large app, display on continuously for 30 minutes, and the thing is still cool to the touch and showing 100% charge.
My conclusion--the new design is capable of very acceptable performance in the heat and battery charge areas. Anybody not having this experience should press their case with Apple.
Oh, and the Retina display is awesome. Plus you CAN feel the difference in the weight.