iPad Could heat from the CPU damage the iPad?

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  1. Freida, Jan 18, 2015
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    Freida macrumors 65816

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    Hello guys,

    I've recently got the iPad Air 2 along with Apple leather case and i noticed that when i play Hearthstone the ipad gets warm/hot around the chip area which I understand is normal as the cpu is computing and generating excess of heat.
    However, my question is. If I use the ipad a lot and its often hot like that, will it eventually damage the ipad or are those chips designed to withstand such heat without any impact on the longevity of the device?

    Also, does the leather case make it worse for the device?
     
  2. Trickhot3102 macrumors 6502

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    I am not sure if the heat would damage the chip itself, but I would imagine it would/could, but the iPad would shut off before any serious damage would occur. Heat is mainky the enemy of the battery. Heat can damage the battery and shorten its lifespan. With batteries, it's the cooler the better.
     
  3. Freida thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Would you say that the battery is far from the heat of the chip or are they next to each other?
    ie. should one worry about it or Apple designed it in a way that the ipad will last longer than we will use it for (ie. 4-5 years)
     
  4. Trickhot3102 macrumors 6502

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    Well, on my mini 2, I notice that it gets warm around where the CPU chip is, but the entire thing just heats up because of it. That might not be the case on the full size iPad because of the extra space. Honestly, I don't think that heat from Normal usage will damage anything :) but just in general, cooler is better with electronics :)
     
  5. mKTank macrumors 68000

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    It's basically impossible due to preventative measures implemented in modern computers. Any computer will force turn off when the CPU reaches its design maximum (the shutdown is actually mandated by the CPU and mobo). In the case of iDevices, if the heat exceeds the software limit, the device will throw you to the lock screen and show a "Temperature Too High" message until it cools down.

    It'll never happen that your CPU will fry before software preventative measure kick in; don't worry about it.
     
  6. Freida thread starter macrumors 65816

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    so the lifespan will not shorten ie. am I more likely to update the device before the shorter lifespan kicks in? I would hope to keep the ipad at least for 3-5 years. 5 would be a very sweet spot :)
     
  7. mKTank macrumors 68000

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    No it will not shorten. In most desktops, the thermal paste (between CPU and motherboard) might wear out from high temperatures over the years but that's a non-issue for mobile chips. Don't worry and just use it as you wish. Like I said, the preventative measures kick in long before any kind of hardware damage occurs.
     
  8. Freida thread starter macrumors 65816

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    ok, thank you :)
     
  9. Traverse macrumors 603

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    You're fine. I have an iPad 3 that was notorious for excessive heat (I don't mean warm, I mean HOT, especially at high brightness). My iPad is now 2.6 years old and is still fine. I game on it for hours on end (battle heart Legacy), I do homework and reading on it for school. I use it for hours a day and the battery is still good (normal for the amount of recharges), the screen is fine, the casing is fine, etc.

    It's bad for you to leave your device in a hot car for hours on end, but warm use from pushing the SoC is normal and designed into the device. And if there was a hardware issue, the system would shut itself off and give you a warning of heat before it was damaged.
     

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