New iPad: Too Hot To Handle?

NEW YORK (CBSMiami) — The new iPad is one of the hottest items around for more than one reason.

Consumer Reports ran a series of tests that found Apple Inc.’s new iPad runs “significantly hotter” than the earlier model.

Consumer Reports tested the device after worried consumers flocked to Apple’s online discussion boards to complain about the new tablet overheating.

The tests showed the new iPad ran as hot as 116 degrees Fahrenheit, about 13 degrees hotter than the previous model, but not hot enough to be dangerous.

The magazine stated the iPad heats up when conducting processor-intensive tasks such as playing graphics-heavy games.

Consumer Reports, published by the consumer-watchdog group Consumers Union, used a thermal-imaging camera to record the temperature while playing the action game “Infinity Blade II.”

Even with the increased temperature, Consumer Reports said the device wasn’t uncomfortable to hold.

“When it was at its hottest, it felt very warm but not especially uncomfortable if held for a brief period,” the magazine said on its website.

The new device operates “well within our thermal specifications,” Trudy Muller, a spokeswoman for Cupertino, Calif.-based Apple, said in a statement. “If customers have any concerns they should contact Applecare.”

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