One of the biggest complaints from new iPad owners is that the tablet takes too long to charge, but a new study has found that it might be worth the wait.
The new iPad may have blown Apple fans away boasting a 2048 x 1536, 3.1 million pixel display-- the most ever in a mobile device-- but the new feature has needed a larger and more powerful battery, which has not only made the tablet thicker, but it's also left on-the-go users looking for power outlets.
The new 42.5-watt-hour battery has an output 70 percent greater than its predecessor. iPad owners have cited several charge times for the battery on Apple help forums, which vary from between 6 to 10 hours for a full charge.
Members involved in the discussion have come up with a few solutions. The most popular is investing in a new iPad charger that pumps 2.0 amps and can charge the battery in twice the time.
A study carried out by Dr. Raymond Soneira of Displaymate Technologies has found that the battery life goes the furthest when charged beyond the battery full message time, which makes the faster charger an even more worthwhile investment.
Soneira found that the iPad draws in 10 watts of power an hour after the battery displays the 'full' message, PC World reports.
Another battery trick found in the study is to reduce the brightness' setting to halfway. This supports up to 11.6 hours of battery use, according to Soneira.
Another battery related issue iPad users are complaining about is an apparent overheating problem.
The new third-generation iPad gets up to 10°F warmer than the iPad 2, according to tests carried out by Tweakers.net. Their team ran GLBenchmark for five straight minutes on both the iPad 2 and the new iPad, and then performed a thermal image comparison. The lower left side of the new iPad measured up to 92.48°F, which Apple maintains is within normal thermal levels.
Apple has slammed the critique saying the new iPad operates well within the thermal specifications of the tablet.
I have been using the new iPad for almost two weeks -- a week before it was released to the public -- and I've seen no heat issues. I use my iPad every day over LTE and Wi-Fi, holding it my hand and on my lap and the device doesn't get hot, Apple spokeswoman Trudy Muller told The Loop.
The overheating issue has been attributed to the larger battery, which is necessary for the operation of new features such as the 2048 x 1536, 3.1 million pixel display and 4G LTE.
The new iPad was released on Friday. Features include:
Processor: A5X quad-core processor touted as twice as fast and four times better performance than Tegra 3 chip.
Camera: 5-megapixel backside illuminated sensor on the back, 5-element lens, IR filter, and ISP built into the A5X chip.
Video: 1080p video recording.
Voice Dictation: Supports U.S. English, British, Australian, French, German and Japanese.
4G LTE: New iPad now has 21Mbps HSPA+ and DC-HSDPA at 42Mbps, with LTE taking the cake at 73Mbps. Verizon, Rogers, Bell, Telus and AT&T will be the LTE partners.
Battery Life: 10 hours of battery life still! 9 hours on 4G
Size: 9.4mm thin, weighing 1.4lbs.
Price: $499 for 16GB! 32GB is $599 and 64GB for $699.
Release Date: In stores March 16.