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  • New Thermal Scans of Tablets May Put iPad 'Heatgate' to Rest


    Less than one week after the new iPad began reaching consumers earlier this month, murmurs about the first "gate" had already begun. Unlike "Antennagate," which consumed more digital ink than I care to be reminded about, it looks like "Heatgate" will - fortunately - end just as quickly as it began.

    On the heels of reports that the new iPad reaches surface temperatures of 116 degrees during gameplay, some grew concerned that the third-generation iPad was at risk for overheating. No shortage of thermal tests proved that the new iPad does, indeed, run hotter than previous generations.

    While that's a fact, here's another fact here... the new iPad can handle those temperatures just fine. And so can many other tablets. PCWorld has not only been monitoring the new iPad's temp, it's also bee monitoring how hot competing tablets like the Asus Eee Pad Transformer Prime and Samsung Galaxy 10.1 also get.

    All performed within a few degrees of one another. And the new iPad was shown to run no more than 7 degrees Fahrenheit warmer than the iPad 2. As a result, chalk up yet another case study where Heatgate has been disputed, disproved, and largely discredited.

    Source: PC World
    This article was originally published in forum thread: New Thermal Scans of Tablets May Put iPad 'Heatgate' to Rest started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 25 Comments
    1. JPili's Avatar
      JPili -
      Quote Originally Posted by lukinrats View Post
      I would just like to mention this, so others can try it. when I got my "new ipad", I also noticed that it got very hot, and also noticed that the battery was draining very rapidly when I played games or watched video. Being the long time iOS user and iDevice owner that I am, I proceeded to download a fresh copy of 5.1, and then restored the ipad myself with the firmware.

      The battery drains much slower and the ipad is not getting as hot. I think it will work for most anyone that will try it
      Cool!
    1. Pyro2008's Avatar
      Pyro2008 -
      I could care less about the heat on the components. It's about how comfortable the device is to hold ... and it is incredibly uncomfortable. I bought one this weekend and quickly returned it. I noticed the small increase in weight and the 100+ heat on my hands.

      What's worse, I bought the device because we already own 2 iPhones and figured it would be easier without having to rebuy apps. Turns out, a majority of the apps out there sell separate iPad versions. The ONLY thing that held me to apple devices in the long run were apps.

      Uncomfortable, awkward, seriously lacking any innovation and separate apps ... why do people bother?
    1. unison999's Avatar
      unison999 -
      ^^Ditto

      Just because the equipment can handle the heat does not mean the users should suffer the heat from the device. It is a tablet so it is meant to be held, when the heat gets uncomfortable that become unacceptable.
      So no heatgate is not put to rest by clouding with other facts, I don't care if the equipment can handle the heat if it breaks from heat it is under Apple's warranty but if I can't use it like I wanted that is a problem.
    1. formfactor's Avatar
      formfactor -
      Quote Originally Posted by TheBeastSS2 View Post
      Fgate Offgate
      He had a good pointgate. I think all the people ranting about all the people ranting the gate is a scandal. Gategate, gaterantgate? Gateception was pretty good description.

      Quote Originally Posted by unison999 View Post
      ^^Ditto

      Just because the equipment can handle the heat does not mean the users should suffer the heat from the device. It is a tablet so it is meant to be held, when the heat gets uncomfortable that become unacceptable.
      So no heatgate is not put to rest by clouding with other facts, I don't care if the equipment can handle the heat if it breaks from heat it is under Apple's warranty but if I can't use it like I wanted that is a problem.
      It's 7 degrees warmer than iPad 2... It's by no means even close to hot. My laptop gets HOT! You can't hold it on your lap. I really don't think iPad even comes close to uncomfortable...
    1. iFish's Avatar
      iFish -
      Quote Originally Posted by Pyro2008 View Post
      I could care less about the heat on the components. It's about how comfortable the device is to hold ... and it is incredibly uncomfortable. I bought one this weekend and quickly returned it. I noticed the small increase in weight and the 100+ heat on my hands.

      What's worse, I bought the device because we already own 2 iPhones and figured it would be easier without having to rebuy apps. Turns out, a majority of the apps out there sell separate iPad versions. The ONLY thing that held me to apple devices in the long run were apps.

      Uncomfortable, awkward, seriously lacking any innovation and separate apps ... why do people bother?
      If you can care less, please care less and stop complaining. Kthnx.