Nobody is questioning the success of the third generation of iPad because it is better than the iPad 2 in terms of visuals and graphics power, with the all new high definition Retina Display. This though, comes at a cost as there are some reports about the new iPad overheating.
The new iPad was released not more than a few days ago but users have already started to test the device on all grounds. Even though the majority of those who managed to get their hands on a new iPad are impressed by the overall performance of the device, there are some new iPad owners who pointed out the fact that the new iPad has overheating problems.
Highly respected websites such as CNET or BGR mentioned that some users of the new iPad actually have to wait for the device to cool down, before turning off the device. Could the new iPad overheating problems be caused by the new graphics chip, which is a lot more powerful than the one found in the iPad 2. Well, it is both possible and likely if we take into account that for the new iPad, Apple crammed a higher performance GPU in the same case that was used for the previous generation of the iPad.
There is no doubt in these rumors because there are new iPad owners who say that the device is either warmer than the iPad 2 or that the new iPad reaches a temperature very close to ‘hot’, actually preventing them from holding the device in their hands. Sure, anyone can expect a device, be it a tablet or PC, to increase its temperature while in heavy use like playing video games but users said that the new iPad is overheating when performing non GPU demanding activities.
The guys at Tweakers.net put the new iPad overheating rumor to a test and compared the new device with the older version, the iPad 2. Using a device that detects the temperature level of an object, they made a comparison to see if the new iPad has overheating problems or not. They decided to run a GL Benchmark for around five minutes on both of the devices and according to the image posted on their website, the new iPad runs at a temperature of 33.6°C while the iPad 2 stays at a cooler 28.3°C while running the same benchmark.
The new iPad has already passed the three million mark of units sold so you can imagine that 200 owners complaining that the new iPad overheats cannot be considered really accurate information. We’ll have to wait and see if the issue evolves and how much.