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Brewerpaul
Sep 2, 2010, 05:15 AM
While looking over the specs of the new IPT, I noticed that they list 10,000 feet above sea level as the maximum altitude at which the device should be used. People in Leadville, CO, beware!

Seriously, why should there be an altitude limit? What components of the device might be affected by low atmospheric pressure? Is this just some sort of CYA spec put in there by Apple?



miles01110
Sep 2, 2010, 05:24 AM
Heat dissipation is harder in thinner air.

Brewerpaul
Sep 2, 2010, 04:36 PM
Heat dissipation is harder in thinner air.

True, but a Touch doesn't get all that hot. At least mine doesn't.

miles01110
Sep 2, 2010, 04:38 PM
True, but a Touch doesn't get all that hot. At least mine doesn't.

Obviously it gets hot enough internally for an altitude/air density rating.

battlekid
Sep 2, 2010, 04:56 PM
I brought my 32gb 3gen iPod Touch to 14000 feet this spring and it worked fine (ski trip to CO).

qwerty808
Sep 2, 2010, 04:58 PM
so i can't sky dive with this one then?

Brewerpaul
Sep 2, 2010, 08:11 PM
so i can't sky dive with this one then?

Yes, but only at low altitude...

leomac08
Sep 2, 2010, 08:28 PM
I have used my iPad at 35,000 feet and it didn't explode in my face! :D

Peterson8765
Sep 2, 2010, 08:29 PM
I am pretty sure I have used my touch in a flight that was over 25,000 feet.

Bozley0621
Sep 2, 2010, 08:33 PM
The cabin is pressurized.

QuarterSwede
Sep 2, 2010, 08:36 PM
I've taken my iPhone up to Pikes Peak a few times and that's 14,400 feet. It took pictures and video with no problems. I was probably up there on average a good hour.

Beric
Sep 2, 2010, 08:36 PM
The cabin is pressurized.

Perhaps that's it. I used mine at above 25,000 feet with no problems.

Canon Rock
Sep 2, 2010, 09:13 PM
I've done sky diving with the ipod :o... nothing bad happend.

tucker61
Sep 3, 2010, 12:08 AM
The cabin is pressurized.


So I'd I am on a plane, with a big hole in it's side and we l internal pressue.

Will I be able to claim for a new iPod from the airline ?

Abscissa
Sep 3, 2010, 12:10 AM
Planes are pressurized, so there's that. Just don't climb Mt. Everest with it.

QuarterSwede
Sep 3, 2010, 12:10 AM
So I'd I am on a plane, with a big hole in it's side and we l internal pressue.

Will I be able to claim for a new iPod from the airline ?
Let's put it this way, you'll pass out before your iPod touch stops working. People take them on treks to Everest all the time.

pcuser94
Sep 3, 2010, 01:13 AM
I have used my iPad at 35,000 feet and it didn't explode in my face! :D

yes, in an airplane cabin pressurized to resemble air pressure at 4,000 feet

battlekid
Sep 3, 2010, 08:33 AM
Airplanes don't count you guys, they are pressurized to 4000-8000 ft. Now a airplane with a hole in it would count, if it's big enough.... :eek:

Mountains count. I stood at 14,400 ft in CO, and my touch was in my pocket. Pretty good, eh? So i can say that the iPT survives above 14,000 feet!

slickg
Nov 2, 2010, 04:21 AM
Just thought I'd add to this. Just got back from Everest base camp and Iphone 4 was working fine the whole way. So that confirms it works fine at 17500ft.

eawmp1
Nov 2, 2010, 04:45 AM
Probably not officially tested above that altitude, so a CYA. You did hear about the iPhone sent to the edge of space?

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1030747

battlekid
Nov 3, 2010, 10:38 PM
Probably not officially tested above that altitude, so a CYA. You did hear about the iPhone sent to the edge of space?

http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1030747

Yep, that vid was cool. My iPod 3G made it to 14,400 feet last march. My 4G will pass the same test also in march or so 2011. Ski trips in colorado.... Yay.