Consumer Reports’ bombshell: New iPad runs hotter than predecessor but ‘not especially uncomfortable’

“Responding to numerous customer complaints, Consumer Reports has issued a report saying Apple Inc.’s new iPad runs hotter than its predecessor but that it was ‘not especially uncomfortable,'” Ian Sherr reports for The Wall Street Journal.

“The new iPad can get as hot as 116 degrees Fahrenheit while performing processor-intensive tasks such as playing videogames or downloading files,” Sherr reports. “That temperature is 13 degrees more than the iPad 2,” Consumer Reports said.”

Sherr reports, “The results did vary a little when the device was plugged in, but Consumer Reports said it didn’t matter much. ‘During our tests, I held the new iPad in my hands,’ Consumer Reports‘ Donna Tapellini said in a statement. ‘When it was at its hottest, it felt very warm but not especially uncomfortable if held for a brief period.’ Consumer Reports‘ statement about the iPad’s heat didn’t mention whether or not the publication would recommend the device.”

Read more in the full article here.

MacDailyNews Take: You mean to say that even Consumer Reports‘ massive investigation and oh-so-scientific testing couldn’t turn up anything? The American Association of Class Action Ambulance Chasers are going to be mighty disappointed. No beach houses paid for by Apple this year!

Meanwhile, the subscribers of Consumer Reports await the announcement of the publication’s meaningless recommendation with full Depends.

What’s FUD, Inc. going to do now? Get Greenpeace and on the horn!

Related articles:
FUD Alert: Consumer Reports to ‘investigate’ reports of iPad and ‘excess heat’ – March 20, 2012
Like clockwork: Let the iPad ‘overheating’ FUD begin! – March 20, 2012
Infrared test shows more powerful new iPad running a safe 10-degrees warmer than iPad 2 – March 20, 2012


  1. ‘When it was at its hottest, it felt very warm but not especially uncomfortable if held for a brief period.’

    Thanks for that scientifically-tested, double-blind controlled testing result information, CR.

  2. After having used mine since launch day, I’ve found it’s a little warm to the touch, but you don’t even notice when it’s in a case. And for the CNBC anchors to talk about it being “hotter” than previous versions is hyperbole. It’s a little warmer than my original iPad. It’s not “hot.” It hasn’t bothered me in the least.

    1. I have a clear (orange actually) plastic case on the back, with my orange smart cover. Dont notice any warmth at all.
      Back still feels cold after a 2 hour movie, except where my hand was anyway..

    2. You should know by now that people are going to refuse to use a case which would be the simplest solution. Instead, they’d rather whine and complain and start a class-action suit because they don’t want to take their hand away from the hottest part of the case. This is human nature, to try to punish itself when there are plenty of easier paths to take. Being uncomfortable to the touch is a relative feeling depending upon the users’ touch sensitivity. I’m sure on a hot summer day, humans would come into contact with many uncomfortably hot objects. Put your hand on a car that’s been sitting in the summer sun and you’ll know what hot actually feels like. Even the car seats are hot, hot.

      1. “Even the car seats are hot, hot.”
        I have heated leather seats in my car. Last summer when it was 95 outside… I turned the passenger seat on “by accident” 😉 on my brother in law. cranked that sucker up as high as it goes.
        Took him almost 30 minutes of making sure the AC was going before he figured it out lol.

        CR will now rate my car as having “uncomfortably Hot” leather seating when they hear that.

    1. If some of these people just spent a few minutes a day doing wrist curls with some light weights, they’d never even notice the few extra grams of the iPad. This is a sad, pampered world we live in. Far too many couch potatoes using high-tech devices. Honestly, over a short period of time, wouldn’t the body adjust to a few extra grams of weight.

      1. My actual (sarcastic) point was that difference in weight between the previous iPad and new iPad is negligible (unless you use a scale), just as the difference in “warmth” is (even more) irrelevant (unless you use a thermometer). 😉 But someone will probably make it an issue, when the “warmth” issue fails to stick.

  3. While I was at one of the Apple stores this morning I held about 2 dozen iPads and checked for heat discomfort. All were warmer than my iPad 2 but none were uncomfortable and certainly none burned the skin. This is just another overplayed issue.

  4. The iPads that run hot were the Canadian Edition iPads, they have built-in heating coils so we can use them even in winter. How they ended up in the wrong hands is inconceivable.

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