Do all the new iPads run warm?

Discussion in 'iPad' started by nph, Apr 25, 2012.

  1. nph macrumors 6502a

    Feb 9, 2005
    I recently was in the Applestore looking at the new iPad. Most of the iPads ran warm regardless of app. All 4 imtried but one and even though i streamed video from CBS and watched photos in iPhoto it still didn't get warm.
    So is it possible to get an iPad that doesn't get warm during regular load, surfing etc only when running heavy apps like games etc?

    Anyone got an iPad that didn't get warm?
  2. xnickitynickx macrumors regular


    Mar 13, 2012
    Orlando, FL
    They all run a little warmer than the past ones. The new iPad has an aluminum heat sink directing heat away from the bigger GPU and battery towards the outside of the case to protect itself. So yes it runs a little warmer. I personally don't even notice it on mine but to each his own.
  3. jojoba macrumors 68000

    Dec 9, 2011
    I guess it probably does 'objectively' speaking, but I don't notice any difference on mine.
  4. iHeartsteve macrumors 65816


    Feb 12, 2012
    Yes it does. Lower left corner bc that's where the battery is? I'm sure someone will correct me if that's wrong lol ;)

    I don't mind it. If you keep brightness down and are just web surfing, it's fine most of the time. I'd prefer the warmth w the new retina screen any day. Feels so refreshing reading text on new iPad as opposed to ipad2
  5. JohnDoe98 macrumors 68020

    May 1, 2009
    I think it depends. Frankly, I think for most usages 60-75% brightness is more than enough, and at that brightness the iPad doesn't get warm. If you run it at 100% then it does get warm, yes. I'm not sure why you would want such a bright screen though, it may even be bad for your eyes.

    So, when you were in the store, did you check to see if they all had the same brightness levels in the settings pane?
  6. TheWheelMan macrumors 6502a


    Mar 15, 2011
    That's where the GPU is. That's what causes most of the extra heat.
  7. Dkorda macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2012
  8. scudder59 macrumors newbie

    Apr 23, 2012
    Most defo warmer than the 2. Left mine on and charging sitting on top of a neoprene case and it was noticably warm all over. This seems normal as heat dissipates from the CPU and battery. Not concerned at all by this and living in Scotland, anything that keeps your fingers warm is a bonus :)
  9. Estlander macrumors newbie

    Mar 19, 2012
    My new ipad runs just as cool as my ipad 2 did. Only gets slightly warm when charging.
  10. Nevzorus macrumors 6502

    Feb 29, 2012
    Every new iPad i've seen and touched was a little bit warm. This for sure is a thing i enjoy because i think it's more comfortable to hold it warm then icecold like the iPad 2.
  11. donnaw macrumors 65816

    Apr 19, 2011
    Austin TX
    Mine only gets warm if I'm using it while charging. And even then it's not too bad.
  12. macbook pro i5 macrumors 65816

    macbook pro i5

    May 13, 2011
    New Zealand
  13. ZipZap macrumors 603

    Dec 14, 2007
    Mine got warm.

    I ran the battery to zero, recharged. At 20% I reinstalled the OS.

    Runs much cooler now.
  14. Hello... macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2011
    Not true!
    My first one ran very warm, my current one as cool as my iPad 2.
  15. Dkorda macrumors 6502

    Mar 7, 2012
    I meant all iPad 3 run the same temp, warm.
  16. bam88 macrumors newbie

    Jun 7, 2010
    After 45 mins of infinity blade ii, mine still feels cooler than my galaxy s ii when playing game!:eek:
  17. Mikekan macrumors regular

    Mar 31, 2012
    Athens, Hellas!
    Mine does a bit, when downloading or playing games, brightness around 60%.

    Nothing unbearable.
  18. koigirl, Apr 26, 2012
    Last edited: Apr 26, 2012

    koigirl macrumors 6502a


    Jul 29, 2011
    Raleigh, NC
    I think it runs warmer but not hot. I did return one unit that got extremely hot. Mine seemed to do better after letting the battery run down a few times and charging completely (i.e. calibrating the battery). I do think it may be an issue on the porch in the middle of summer here in NC when it gets nice and hot outdoors. A folio case keeps me from noticing the warmth so much.
  19. PrayForDeath macrumors 6502

    Jan 3, 2012
    If you browse the web at 60% brightness, you wont feel any warmth. If you play IB2 at 100% brightness with the power cable plugged in however...
  20. OutSpoken macrumors 6502a

    Jun 9, 2009
    I don't notice it...saying that, its my first iPad so I can't compare with the last gens.
  21. h1r0ll3r macrumors 68040


    Dec 28, 2009
    Mine runs a little warm but nothing worth fussing over. I have mine set to max brightness all the time so that contributes to it. Non issue for me.
  22. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Mine does occasionary get warm, but it's not warm all the time. It totally depends on the app I'm running -- some apps tend to make it go warm, and others don't. I think the ones in the stores are warm because they are running while on a charger. Perhaps the one that wasn't warm was disconnected from the power cord? Or maybe had just been plugged in.
  23. imbogus1 macrumors newbie


    Jan 23, 2012
    I keep brightness level down to 70% or so and it does not get warm for me. I also experience good battery levels.
  24. drgrafix macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2008
    New England
    My DIL had ordered a iP3 and then canceled because she heard they were overheating and there would be a fix from Apple. I can't find anything that would suggest Apple's fixing anything and it seems like the heat issue is sort of linked to screen brightness being greater than 70%? OTH, if it seems uncomfortably warm at 80% shouldn't Apple address that by maybe limiting the brightness? Or is this a no harm no foul issue and nothing will happen if you use it at 100% for extended periods?

    I hope to get one myself soon as my son returns my ThinkPad so I can sell it and apply whatever I get towards the new iPad.

  25. Night Spring macrumors G5

    Night Spring

    Jul 17, 2008
    Well, I'll put it this way -- I've had laptops that get way warmer, so I wouldn't exactly call it overheating, or anything that Apple needs to fix. Whether or not it gets "uncomfortably" warm is a subjective matter. What may be uncomfortable for me may not be uncomfortable for you. As for correlation with brightness level, well obviously, the higher the brightness, the quicker it gets warmer, but in my experience, it depends more on which app is running than the brightness level. Some apps never gets never warm no matter how high the brightness, others get warm even with the brightness at 10%. In any case, it's not like it gets hot enough to cause a burn, or damage the iPad. I certainly wouldn't put off purchase waiting for a fix -- that's just not going to happen.

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