All iPads Can heavy gaming damage Ipad Air 2?


macrumors 604
Original poster
Nov 29, 2013
Yesterday I had a marathon gaming session of Real Racing 3 on my Air 2 for 3-4 hrs and it seems that the game is slightly stuttery today especially in the race introduction where it judders(more like slight pauses in between).Was my iPad internals damaged? because I dont recall it stuttering when I bought it a week ago


macrumors 603
Oct 24, 2014
Stuttering is probably from thermal throttling. Most devices these days have thermal protection so it's unlikely to damage a device from the heat produced from gaming.


macrumors 68000
Jan 18, 2008
Hawaii, USA
Apple has a built-in failsafe to protect against this. If the heat becomes too high then the screen will display a temperature warning and indicate that the device is shutting down until the temperature drops to an acceptable range. Of note, I've only ever seen that screen on my older (black) iPhones, using them as a GPS, mounted on the dashboard, during sunny summer days. Gaming, even heavy gaming, never earned me the thermal warning.

If the game is very intensive, then as suggested above, reboot the device to restore performance. I can't say why it happens, because the device is supposed to close apps properly and clear memory, but I know that I had occasions when playing Infinity Blade III where I'd have to reboot here and there to restore performance and prevent glitches.
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