Due to many consumers complaining in Apple’s discussion forum of their new iPads running warm, Consumer Reports decided to test the tablet themselves. They discovered that the new iPad ran around 13 degrees warmer than the previous iPad 2 during intense gameplay for 45 minutes.
On top of this finding, Consumer Reports also discovered that new iPad did not charge at all while the game was played on the tablet and plugged in. Once the game was closed, the iPad resumed charging as usual. It seems that the new iPad will not charge under intense processing.
Apple responded to the blog The Loop’s complaint of the overheating issue and said:
“The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications,” Apple representative Trudy Muller, told The Loop. “If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare.”
As a new 2012 iPad user, I too have noticed the tablet getting warm while having many apps open at once, gaming, or downloading a large app. I don’t think this is a huge issue and is over-exaggerated; all electronics get warm at times due to heavy loads on the processors. The best resolution is to buy a case to cover the back or not do data-intensive tasks on the tablet while it is charging.