It was only a matter of time before iPad users found a problem with the new tablet and that time has come, with complaints of overheating and long battery charge time flooding into online Apple forums.
Overheating isn't new to Apple products. Earlier generations of the MacBook Pro have been reported to share the same problem, which has since been fixed. Now users are complaining about a temperature issue in the lower left-hand corner of the new iPad tablet.
I have an iPad 64gb Wi-Fi. I've noticed its getting overheated on right side only (when holding in portrait). Is this normal? Anyone else facing the same problem, one user wrote in the Mac Rumors Forum. In response to the post some users said there was nothing abnormal about the amount the iPad heats up, but other users have complained about error messages popping up, which makes the tablet unusable.
One iPad owner posted in the Apple discussion forum saying that the iPad got too hot when used on the lap, saying it stays cooler when it is prompted up with an Apple smart cover.
The overheating 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.
Apple has not yet commented on the issue of overheating, but a user named Techno Mike posted the following suggestion on the Apple Discussion Forum:
I highly suggest that once you unbox the iPad. Do not charge it; use all the battery until it reaches 0%, completely dead. Freshly charge the iPad and that should do the trick. Yesterday my iPad was massively over heated, I decided to use up all the battery (I suggest doing some hardcore gaming, takes very long to use up the battery) and recharged. Now today I am using the same applications as yesterday and so far, no sign of excessive heating issue. Just lil bit warm which is normal. I have also noticed the battery charges just a bit quicker.
Another highly sighted problem related to the iPad battery is the amount of time the tablet takes to charge. One user on Apple Discussions said it took 15 mins to charge one percent of the tablet, while another said it took 6 and a half hours to charge from zero percent to 100 percent.
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.