do NOT leave your iPad in the car

Discussion in 'iPad' started by rydenfan, Jun 21, 2010.

  1. macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2007
    I left my iPad in the car for about 3 hours this morning while I did a few things in the office. It is only in the mid 80's or so today and I frequently leave my iPad for a few hours, so I did not think too much about it. Well, when I took it out to read on it at lunch (as I do almost every day) there was a temperature warning and said the iPad needed to cool down before I could use it. YIKES :eek:

    Just thought I would pass this along in the hopes it may help someone else...
  2. macrumors newbie

    Apr 17, 2008
    Sunny?Cloudy? Midwest
    I had the same thing happen to me a few weeks ago. I had my iPad outside on the back patio reading and set it down to do some watering. When I picked it back up about 10 minutes later it had the same temp warning. It was only about 80 degrees outside. It took about 10-15 minutes before it would function again. I'm very careful now about heat.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2010
  4. macrumors 65816


    Jun 3, 2010
    wow... would you leave your children locked up in the car too??

    I would never leave my iPad inside my car, your just asking for trouble!! :D
  5. Guest

    Sky Blue

    Jan 8, 2005
    apparently it's not all that common.
  6. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Sep 2, 2004
    The Centennial State
    Guess what the temperature in your car might've been.
  7. macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2010
    I see that and it's scary.
  8. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2006
    Happened to me over the weekend, it wasn't even 10 minutes I forgot to take with me when I went in to Starbucks. The temperature was around 24C and I got this warning. :eek:
  9. macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    Hopefully this is just another issue that will be addressed in iPad 2. I can keep my GPS or MBP in a car without any issues and then use it. I would expect the same from iPad.
  10. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 26, 2009
    The iPad's glass and metal enclosure probably makes it more susceptible to heat issues when it comes to sunlight. Other devices made of plastic and such probably aren't as susceptible. I don't think its a fault of the iPad, just something one has to deal with given the iPad's great build.
  11. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2005
    Columbia, SC
    Common sense is anything but common, and a cursory read of these forums provides plenty of examples of that truism.
  12. macrumors 601


    Aug 17, 2007
    This happens with my BlackBerry. If I'm outside for long periods of time, and it's in my back pocket in its holster, the battery app I have installed says the battery/CPU is too hot. I just turn the phone off and take the battery out until I got back inside. The hottest it has gotten was 103ºF
  13. macrumors member

    Jun 5, 2010
    To be honest, I'd be more worried about it getting nicked. (but then I don't live in a warm country (england))
    If you do keep it in the car, keep it in the boot, it's much cooler and safer.
  14. macrumors newbie

    Jun 15, 2010
    Being in Alaska, I'm more worried about the cold, my iPhone will shut down if it gets below 5 degrees or so, but i've learned to keep it in an inner pocket while romping around in the wintery wonderland, but now it's a blazing 60ish degrees. :)
  15. macrumors regular

    May 9, 2010
    At least the temperature didn't shatter the screen like so many HTC EVOs are already experiencing :p
  16. thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 16, 2007
    You want to call my common sense into question? I leave a laptop in my car for short periods of time frequently with no issue. Lets go ahead and list accredited universities and job titles.

    Only on Macrumors can someone come on to try and help others and be blasted for it :rolleyes:
  17. macrumors 6502a


    May 29, 2010
    Hillsboro, Oregon USA.
    It's been said that the temperature inside a car is always 10-15 degrees hotter then outside. That's why you never leave your kids or pets in a hot car.

    And you shouldn't leave any valuables out in the open in your car. Someone can always break in and take it.
  18. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2005
    Columbia, SC
    Okay, I'll bite. Per Apple's own specs (

    Environmental requirements

    * Operating temperature: 32° to 95° F (0° to 35° C)
    * Nonoperating temperature: -4° to 113° F (-20° to 45° C)

    Now here is an example of what happens inside a car on a hot day...

    After just one hour with an outside temp of 90°, the inside of a car is at 133°. Do a little extrapolation and figure that if it's 80° outside, the interior of your car will be well above 100° after an hour, and much hotter than that after three hours.

    I doubt anyone cares what you do or don't do with your laptop (and btw, it's not that smart to leave it in your car baking in the sun either), but Apple has explicitly given you the range of temperature in which the iPad is designed to operate. If you decide for whatever reason to attempt to operate it outside those limits, then no matter what your degrees and job title might infer, you aren't using very much common sense.
  19. macrumors 68030

    Oct 15, 2008
    Having successfully attended an accredited university has little to do with common sense.
  20. macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2010
    No offense it common sense.
    Oh yeah don't leave ice cream in the oven or milk in the microwave.
    Most people who have a bit of common sense will not leave any gadgets in a hot car .
    Maybe you should not have children or we might see a warning thread.
    Dont leave your child in a hot parked car.
  21. macrumors 6502a


    May 29, 2010
    Hillsboro, Oregon USA.
    Na we will see DHS at his house removing the children from the home.
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Jun 9, 2008
    Las Vegas
    Wait, so leaving your kids in the car is bad for them, too???

    This is news to me.

    I'm putting them in the car now.
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 20, 2009
    Catonsville, MD
    Just make sure you put flame retardant insulated clothing on them:D.

    Additionally, this was covered over a month ago on another thread, not about the kids, about leaving these kind of devices in direct sunlight and heat. I guess common sense is really not so common. Several years ago a friend of mine used to leave his several thousand dollar Taylor guitar in the trunk of his car and wondered why the wood cracked, HELLO! Taylor was kind enough to fix the crack for free.
  24. macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2010
    I would never leave my iPad in the car *shivers at the thought*
  25. macrumors member

    May 27, 2010
    "Common sense is the collection of prejudices acquired by age eighteen." - Albert Einstein


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