Apple's new iPad operates at temperatures as high as 116 degrees Fahrenheit, says Consumer Reports. That's significantly higher than the iPad 2.
Apples new iPad operates at higher temperatures than the
iPad 2 when running a processor-intensive game, according to a new test by
The watchdog group aimed a thermal imaging camera at a new
iPad playing Infinity Blade II, and recorded temperatures as high as 116
degrees Fahrenheit. Ambient temperature in the room was 72 degrees. The
testers played the game uninterrupted for about 45 minutes before utilizing the
Consumer Reports tested the new iPad both unplugged and
plugged, and activated the WiFi but not the 4G connection. When unplugged,
the back of the new iPad reached temperatures as high as 113 degrees
Fahrenheit, read the groups March 20 research
. It was only when plugged in that it hit 116 degrees. Nor were the
hot zones evenly distributed across the back of the device, but clustered in a
specific area to the left side.
When it was at its hottest, [the new iPad] felt very warm
but not especially uncomfortable if held for a brief period, the note
continued. We also noticed that the new iPad wasnt charging while the game
was running and it was plugged in. Only when the testers stopped playing the
game did normal charging recommence.
The iPad 2, subjected to the same tests, ran between 12 and
13 degrees cooler than the new iPad.
This wouldnt be the first time Consumer Reports has picked
apart an Apple device; the group once refused
to endorse the iPhone 4
over its much-publicized antenna issues. But its
likely that the new iPad will attract high marks from them, with a March
noting that the device is shaping up to be the best tablet weve
ever tested, whether from Apple or any other manufacturer.
The new iPad (Apple has so far declined to give it an
official name along the lines of iPad HD or iPad 3) features a
high-resolution Retina Display, an improved camera and processor, and
comparable battery life to its predecessors.
Apple claims it sold some 3 million new iPads in the
first weekend of release. By comparison, it took the first iPad some 28 days to
sell 1 million units. One analyst believes that the company could end up
selling around 66 million iPads this year.
Due to the strong launch we are raising our [calendar year
2012] iPad estimates from 60 [million] to 66 [million], Gene Munster, an
analyst with Piper Jaffray, wrote in a March 20 research note. We believe the
unprecedented ramp of the iPad over the past year is evidence that the tablet
market will be measurably larger than the PC market. By 2015, he suggested,
the iPad market will expand to some 176 million units.
Certainly the new iPad is more
expensive for Apple
to make. According to IHS iSuppli, the third-generation
16GB iPad with WiFi costs the company $306 in materials; with 4G support, that
rises to $348; manufacturing expenses add another $10. Thats a fair bit above
the same model of iPad 2, which cost $271 to make between materials and
manufacturing. However, Apple has kept the same pricing scheme for the latest
iPad as it did for the iPad 2, meaning (at least in theory) that its taking
less profit per device.
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