By now, we’ve all read article after article on the new iPad’s temperature – it’s running 10 degrees higher than the iPad 2, and reaching temperatures of up to 116 degrees, oh my! They’re calling it “heatgate,” after the iPhone 4’s “antennagate,” and honestly, it’s all been a bunch of nonsense.
Yes, the iPad runs hotter, but that doesn’t have much of an impact on us end users. It doesn’t get so hot that it is uncomfortable to hold, and it’s entirely unnoticeable with an iPad case on the tablet.
In fact, several new reports prove that the iPad is running at acceptable temperatures, and hopefully, this new round of testing will put heatgate to rest.
This week, PCWorld used thermal testing to compare the third generation iPad to several of its Android counterparts, including the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime and the Samsung Galaxy 10.1.
While the new iPad is running, on average, two to seven degrees hotter than the iPad 2, it does have temperatures in line with the above mentioned Android tablets (see chart).
PCWorld was not able to replicate Consumer Reports claim that the new iPad was running at 116 degrees while charging and playing system intensive games.
In fact, the tests, also conducted while the iPad was charging and playing an intensive game only registered at 100 degrees fahrenheit at its highest temperature, which is within two degrees of Samsung’s tablet in the same conditions. PCWorld concluded the issue seemed “overblown.”
CNETdid a similar test and had results in line with those run by PCWorld. CNET compared the iPad to notebooks, and was not able to reach temperatures above 98 degrees on the new iPad with maximum screen brightness running Infinity Blade II. In comparison, Apple’s i5 MacBook Pro ran at about the same temperature while streaming Netflix movies, and a Dell Inspiron hit 113 degrees while playing games.
“The new 2012 iPad runs warmer than the iPad 2, but it’s no hotter than many laptops under similar conclusions.” CNET also mentioned that while the iPad did hit temperatures of 98 degrees, that’s still less than the temperature of the human body.
Wired also weighed in with a fun comparison chart, putting the iPad’s heat in perspective against five other tablets and some other toasty objects, such as a piece of hot apple pie and a cup of coffee (both hotter than the iPad).
While Wired was able to get the iPad up to 108 degrees on the back of the tablet running Infinity Blade 2, it still never quite hit the the fabled 116 degrees. The tech site also tested several other tablets, using Dead Space as a control app because it was available on all platforms. The iPad hit 94 degrees running this game, which was actually lower than temperatures on the Transformer Prime, the Kindle Fire, and the BlackBerry Playbook. Wired concluded that while the iPad wasn’t the coolest running tablet, it wasn’t the hottest running one either, putting it firmly in the middle of the spectrum. Wired even consulted a burn specialist, Dr. Jeffery DeWeese, who said that a tablet with a temperature of 116 degrees “shouldn’t be of any concern and that the temperature “isn’t going to burn anyone on contact.”
There you have it, folks. Independently conducted tests from several respected tech websites have all concluded that the iPad’s heat is no big deal. You can use your iPad without fear of burning your fingers, and hopefully this will mark the end of Apple’s Heatgate.