The new iPad keeps you warm during those cold winter days, but you need to play a game.
We carried reports ealier this week that some of the first new iPad customers experienced that the new iPad gets hot on certain areas. Enough reason for Consumer Reports to take out their fancy thermal imaging camera and do some serious testing. They found that the new iPad is 13 degrees hotter (hitting 116 degrees Fahrenheit) compared to the iPad 2 when playing a game.
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Their verdict though at the end is that the new iPad felt very warm under load but not especially uncomfortable if held for a brief period. Question here is how long is a brief period.
CNET points the finger at the LED backlight of the new Retina Display as likely the reason for the new iPad to get hotter than the iPad 2. The new screen has double the resolution and requires many more LEDs.
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Is the heat issue now a real problem? Not in my mind. I rarely hold my iPad in hands. It lies on the table at an angle supported by the smart cover.