Consumer Reports: New iPad Can Reach 116 Degrees While Gaming; Apple Responds

Complaints about the temperature of Apple's new third-generation iPad are heating up, with Consumer Reports claiming that the tablet reaches temperatures of up to 116 degrees Fahrenheit while a user plays games.

Consumer Reports' findings follow an earlier thermal imaging test by Dutch site Tweakers, which found that the new iPad reached temperatures of 92.5 degrees Fahrenheit after five minutes of running a GLBenchmark test.

According to Consumer Reports, which also used thermal imaging, the new iPad reached 116 degrees Fahrenheit after 45 minutes of running the game Infinity Blade II. In this test, the iPad was plugged in and propped up with a Smart Cover, Wi-Fi was on, 4G was off, and the room temperature was about 72 degrees.

Consumer Reports' thermal imaging test results; Courtesy of Consumer Reports

Test Results

Even with the new iPad unplugged, it reached temperatures of 113 degrees Fahrenheit in Consumer Reports' thermal imaging test--13 degrees hotter than the iPad 2 while running the same test. In both tests, the heat was concentrated in one spot.


Still, it's unclear whether Consumer Reports will slap the new iPad with the same “not recommended” rating that it bestowed upon the iPhone 4 due to the phone's antenna issues. In a blog post, Consumer Reports' Donna Tapellini didn't seem too put off by the tablet's temperature.

Donna Tapellini, Consumer Reports
Donna Tapellini, Consumer Reports
“When it was at its hottest, it felt very warm but not especially uncomfortable if held for a brief period,” Tapellini wrote.

Apple, meanwhile, has responded to the new iPad's temperature complaints with a brief statement: "The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications. If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare."

[Read: Apple Denies New IPad Overheating Concerns; New iPad Runs 10 Degrees Hotter Than iPad 2]

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