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  • Don't Keep Your iPad in the Sun... or in the Refrigerator



    As summertime looms large around the corner, thousands of new iPad owners are likely gearing up for many a day at the beach or at an outdoor cafe enjoying a cold drink and whatever cool content is being pumped out from their tablet. But as we've already learned from those who have taken their iPad outside, the device could very well malfunction if exposed to too much sunlight.

    Overheating has joined the list of initial problems punctuating the iPad's first full week of release. From word yesterday of the iPad having difficultly obtaining a Wi-Fi connection to the internet, to the latest news of iPads boiling in the sun, the iPad's earliest days of life have certainly not been without a glitch. Nonetheless, as with any laptop or portable mobile device, the possibility of an overheated meltdown is always present. And the iPad is simply not above the unpleasant reality that holds true for many similar devices.

    Of course, should you experience a shut down or screen prompt that your tablet is overheating, no one is suggesting that you follow the humorous example of PC Magazine editor Zach Honig. Honig stuck his device in the fridge when his iPad revealed its forthcoming heat-stroke. So if you see the warning screen that reads: "iPad needs to cool down before you can use it," don't jam your device between the cold cuts and Sunny D, okay?

    If you're curious or haven't already discovered this interesting little fact, the iPad's operating temperature is 32 to 95 F (0 to 35 C) while its non-operating temperature is -4 to 113 F (-20 to 45 C). It should be noted, however, that several folks were simply using their iPads in relatively cool environments when "overheating" issues occurred. Honig, for example, was in 70 weather when his iPad began to overheat - a situation that leads some to speculate that there could be internal temperature problems for the iPad as well.

    Image via Zach Honig/CNET
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Don't Keep Your iPad in the Sun... or in the Refrigerator started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 62 Comments
    1. sziklassy's Avatar
      sziklassy -
      I like the "I sit in the sun and nothing has happened" comments. Flaws are not going to manifest themselves in every single product, unless it was a sever flaw in design or the assemnly line. Just because YOU have had no issues, it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. 300,000 have sold on day one if I am not mistaken? That makes YOU 1/300k people that have not YET seen the issue. I remember the issues when the 3G came out with dead pixels. I went through two phones before I got one without dead pixels. At the time I was reading some go through as many as eight and some who were fine with their first (they either didn't care, or, more likely, it wasn't flawed to begin with). It would have been foolish of me to say that my product has no issues therefore I don't see why people are complaining. As has been said, consumer complaint is the way we get companies to improve on their product. Without consumer feedback we would see much less advancement. GET OVER the fact that you are happy and jolly with your device and accept the fact that there are flaws and people are voicing their opinions on them. IT WILL ONLY MAKE THE GEN 2 PRODUCT BETTER!
    1. GTOpilot's Avatar
      GTOpilot -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I like the "I sit in the sun and nothing has happened" comments. Flaws are not going to manifest themselves in every single product, unless it was a sever flaw in design or the assemnly line. Just because YOU have had no issues, it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. 300,000 have sold on day one if I am not mistaken? That makes YOU 1/300k people that have not YET seen the issue. I remember the issues when the 3G came out with dead pixels. I went through two phones before I got one without dead pixels. At the time I was reading some go through as many as eight and some who were fine with their first (they either didn't care, or, more likely, it wasn't flawed to begin with). It would have been foolish of me to say that my product has no issues therefore I don't see why people are complaining. As has been said, consumer complaint is the way we get companies to improve on their product. Without consumer feedback we would see much less advancement. GET OVER the fact that you are happy and jolly with your device and accept the fact that there are flaws and people are voicing their opinions on them. IT WILL ONLY MAKE THE GEN 2 PRODUCT BETTER!
      Glad you liked the comment.

      Point is, EVERY product made has some units that fail. If you have a device that fails, you should seek out help and a replacement just as you would with any other device. No one, me included, is saying otherwise. While my 1 out of 300k works flawlessly I think it's safer to say that these devices that are overheating at 70 degrees are anomalies that fall under the same "lemon" description as any other device.

      The few voices that have issues certainly garner much more attention over vast majority who have not sustained a single issue since purchase. If people want to voice the flaws they are having, thats fine, but those who have ZERO issues will continue to voice their opinion as well. If you want customer service to improve on a product they need to know both sides of the story....feedback can be positive as well as negative. I guess we should all refrain from leaving positive reviews on Apps in the App store too! I for one will remain happy and jolly regardless.
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      Right from apples website...

      iPad:
      Environmental requirements

      * Operating temperature: 32 to 95 F (0 to 35 C)
      * Nonoperating temperature: -4 to 113 F (-20 to 45 C)
      * Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
      * Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)
      iPhone 3GS:
      Environmental requirements

      * Operating temperature: 32 to 95 F (0 to 35 C)
      * Nonoperating temperature: -4 to 113 F (-20 to 45 C)
      * Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
      * Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet (3000 m)
      iPod Nano:
      Environmental requirements

      * Operating temperature: 32 to 95 F
      (0 to 35 C)

      * Nonoperating temperature: -4 to 113 F
      (-20 to 45 C)
      * Relative humidity: 5% to 95% noncondensing
      * Maximum operating altitude: 10,000 feet
      (3000 m)
      Something tells me I won't have any issues. They seem to be using the same guidelines for everything. Just a generic "your shouldn't exceed this, but 10 either way probably wont hurt."

      Don't be stupid, leaving it in the sun will over heat it.. DUH, putting it in the freezer will freeze it... DUH...
    1. vegassteven's Avatar
      vegassteven -
      Apple wanted to make money.
      Apple threw the innards of an iPhone 3gs into a larger package with a faster CPU to save money.
      Now apple will see the results of just supersizing their existing products to save money and make profits
    1. Luppin's Avatar
      Luppin -
      Quote Originally Posted by DubbaCTrumpetMSU View Post
      Wow...I'm sick of this crap. We're on an apple forum, and people like calvinbui still come in here and talk this crap. I'm not going to argue what you said, even though you are more than wrong. The fact is that this forum is for people to discuss Apple products and all I keep seeing is people trashing other people just for liking a product. So what, other people like something you don't...do you trash other people that buy other phones that you don't have? Or that buy other every-day products you don't have? I can see it now..."Psh, you bought the 120GB PS3? That's just an oversized 60GB PS3." Or maybe "Oh, you bought a 60" Plasma? That's such crap, it's just an oversized 19" TV." By the way, this isn't just devoted to calvinbui, but anyone else posting this crap on the forums. If you don't like a product and don't want it, that's fine, but don't trash talk the people that do. Geez, just leave it alone already.
      Well first of all, last time I checked this site was called ModMyi not ModMyMac and was originally intended to be a site devoted to the modding of iDevices, with Apple products having a backseat so no, it isn't exactly an Apple forum. Second, the only people who have been "trashing" other people when it comes to the iPad discussions are the people who actually have the iPads. Users have been making comments like "Oh this is pointless, a laptop can do this better, lawl this iz a peece uv crap" and the iPad owners will reply with comments such as "Ha you're just jealous, you just don't understand (and one annoying user ends every post with hahahahahahaha)" or in the vein of the more harsh responses such as your own "ALL THESE PEOPLE COMPLAINING ARE JUST POOR, OMG THEY'RE JUST STUPID, WHY ARE THEY COMPLAINING?! GET OUT" So if you should be talking to someone else about actually trashing another human being as opposed to $260 worth of silicone, glass, and copper.

      Oh and if you bought any PS3 other than the 60GB you're a moron
    1. GTOpilot's Avatar
      GTOpilot -
      Quote Originally Posted by Luppin View Post
      Well first of all, last time I checked this site was called ModMyi not ModMyMac and was originally intended to be a site devoted to the modding of iDevices, with Apple products having a backseat so no, it isn't exactly an Apple forum.)


      Welcome to ModMyi.com - your premier Apple & iPhone community. Affectionately coined MMi
    1. Classick's Avatar
      Classick -
      ModMyI needs to start requiring IQ tests before people are allowed to post. -_-
    1. boxxa's Avatar
      boxxa -
      Suckers. We don't have the direct sunlight problem in upstate new york.


      Quote Originally Posted by Classick View Post
      ModMyI needs to start requiring IQ tests before people are allowed to post. -_-
      El oh el!
    1. SnowLeo's Avatar
      SnowLeo -
      haha my 3gs overheats all the time
    1. hitman10's Avatar
      hitman10 -
      Quote Originally Posted by iLaw-One View Post
      @ hitman10: Apple prides itself in making sensible useable and user-friendly products and over time, devotees and haters alike have come to expect nothing short of perfect...so if something does go wrong, people will and should complain in order for Apple to do things better next time (that's what complaining about faults aims to achieve)...also, that's what forums like this are for, and also for matured like minds to have a conversation in a civilised manner...not for little minds
      There is a difference between complaining and criticism. Making a constructive criticism will help apple. If you want to complain and cry. Go somewhere else. Forums are not made for you to cry about how much you hate something unless the title is I HATE THE IPAD but clearly since you can read it not titled that at all. So next time you go and write something like your the man, How's about you just close your computer and put your head between your pathetic legs until you passout.
    1. vegassteven's Avatar
      vegassteven -
      I want to add that I live in las Vegas and have spent two summers working outdoors in the 115f heat and iPhone 3g and 3gs were fine.

      What isn't fine? iPhone cables die in the heat. I would buy a brand new charger every year and it would die. I finally bought a generic car adapter I can plug any USB device into. When the iPod cable dies the fuse in the charger prevents it damage to the phone.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by gtopilot View Post
      welcome to modmyi.com - your premier apple & iphone community. Affectionately coined mmi
      Somehow some people miss that...or just don't want to see it. I think their hate for Apple has blinded them..
    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by sziklassy View Post
      I like the "I sit in the sun and nothing has happened" comments. Flaws are not going to manifest themselves in every single product, unless it was a sever flaw in design or the assemnly line. Just because YOU have had no issues, it doesn't mean it doesn't exist. 300,000 have sold on day one if I am not mistaken? That makes YOU 1/300k people that have not YET seen the issue. I remember the issues when the 3G came out with dead pixels. I went through two phones before I got one without dead pixels. At the time I was reading some go through as many as eight and some who were fine with their first (they either didn't care, or, more likely, it wasn't flawed to begin with). It would have been foolish of me to say that my product has no issues therefore I don't see why people are complaining. As has been said, consumer complaint is the way we get companies to improve on their product. Without consumer feedback we would see much less advancement. GET OVER the fact that you are happy and jolly with your device and accept the fact that there are flaws and people are voicing their opinions on them. IT WILL ONLY MAKE THE GEN 2 PRODUCT BETTER!
      I don't disagree there could be some issues with people's devices. I just disagree that people are calling the product a fail when the majority of people have not had the issues. Unfortunately, the news only focuses on the few who have had some issues.
    1. PainBlade's Avatar
      PainBlade -
      Sounds bad for the A4 since it's a 3 layered component
    1. metallica_man's Avatar
      metallica_man -
      this is another reason why you shouldnt buy the first production run of most things, there are going to be problems!
    1. lolcats1's Avatar
      lolcats1 -
      overheating books? reminds me of...

    1. StealthBravo's Avatar
      StealthBravo -
      Quote Originally Posted by metallica_man View Post
      this is another reason why you shouldnt buy the first production run of most things, there are going to be problems!
      Yet you have a 1st gen iPod
    1. modbox14's Avatar
      modbox14 -
      This is going to be a HUGE issue.

      I live in Arizona... I've had the first iPhone with the aluminum backing and I currently have the MacBook Pro (unibody). When it's summertime, it's always over 100 degrees, sometimes topping at 120 degrees. That's no exaggeration. Now imagine what the cars here get to be when left in the sun. DUH don't leave your stuff in your car here, BUT i've even had my MBP in my backpack/bag and got in the car when it's extremely hot inside after sitting in the sun for half the day and that alone heats up my MBP.

      Hopefully no one ever leaves their iPad in their car PERIOD here. They'll be screwed...

      unless they have that little 3rd party insurance thing
    1. iPhone3G[S]'s Avatar
      iPhone3G[S] -
      Quote Originally Posted by vegassteven View Post
      Apple wanted to make money.
      Apple threw the innards of an iPhone 3gs into a larger package with a faster CPU to save money.
      Now apple will see the results of just supersizing their existing products to save money and make profits
      so you are telling me I can swap the inside of the iPad to my 3GS?

      Don't be stupid. Do you know how many of those android phones use the same chips ALL OF THEM!
    1. extremzocker's Avatar
      extremzocker -
      same happens to the iPhone