Apple sued over claims iPad overheats in warm conditions

invisibleSHIELD case for iPad“Apple Inc., the world’s most valuable technology company, was sued over claims its iPad tablet overheats and fails to operate properly in warm conditions,” Joel Rosenblatt reports for Bloomberg.

“The complaint [Baltazar v. Apple Inc., 10-03231, U.S. District Court, Northern District of California], filed July 23 in federal court in Oakland, seeks unspecified damages and class action, or group, status,” Rosenblatt reports. “It claims the iPad ‘does not live up to the reasonable consumer’s expectations created by Apple’ because it ‘overheats so quickly under common weather conditions.'”

Rosenblatt reports, “The iPad has a 9.7-inch touch-screen display that lets users read books and magazines, view videos, play games and surf the Internet. In direct sunlight, the tablet ‘turns off, sometimes after just a few minutes of use,’ according to the complaint.”

Full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: Hold the lawsuits! Apple Board member Al Gore is working on the issue. wink

Beyond that, every iPad ever shipped comes with Apple’s “iPad Important Product Information Guide.” It’s also online via Apple.com here. If the claimant and his ambulance chasers had RTFM, they’d have seen this rather crystal clear statement:

Keeping iPad Within Acceptable Temperatures Operate iPad in a place where the temperature is between 0° and 35° C (32° to 95° F). Low- or high-temperature conditions might temporarily shorten battery life or cause iPad to temporarily stop working properly. Avoid dramatic changes in temperature or humidity when using iPad, as condensation may form on or within iPad. Store iPad in a place where the temperature is between -20° and 45° C (-4° to 113° F). Don’t leave iPad in your car, because temperatures in parked cars can exceed this range. When you’re using iPad or charging the battery, it is normal for iPad to get warm. The exterior of iPad functions as a cooling surface that transfers heat from inside the unit to the cooler air outside.

76 Comments

  1. Just another wannabe frivolous suit that will add more needless hype. What are these space cadets thinking? Living here in Florida in the midst of a heat wave / drought and using 2 ipads daily, hourly in and outside… of course no failures. Bottom line is, if you don’t like a product you buy, then return it. I see noone twisting arms forcing buys……

    Whiners are bad enough… cost me $$ and I get more than annoyed

  2. I coulda done without the politically motivated MDN take…

    but OMFG i put my ipad in a sleeve and i cant see the screen. DESIGN FLAW im suing.

    I served sushi on my iPad and now it smells fishy, IM SUING!!!

  3. @Macromancer

    “I coulda done without the politically motivated MDN take…”
    I second that motion.

    Anyone ever heard of the results of these sorts of suits? My guess is they’re mostly fruitless. Has of these greedy rats hit a home run against Apple in court?

  4. Direct sunlight is one of the best ways to heat an iPad up pretty quickly. That black bezel just sucks up the heat energy.

    I do tend to watch TV/browse the web in the bath however (not porn, honest) so maybe I should be a little more careful with the condensation thing.

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