iPad Pro 12,9 SCREEN getting hot

Discussion in 'iPad' started by Jardins de Vin, Apr 26, 2018.

  1. Jardins de Vin macrumors 6502a

    Jardins de Vin

    Nov 6, 2012
    Does anyone else's second gen iPad Pro 12,9's screen get hot? My screen gets fairly hot compared to my first gen iPad Air. I bought this Pro new just a few weeks ago. It gets hot when I watch videos or play games.

    The place where it's hottest would be the left bezel of the Pro, when you hold it vertically, so the side where you'd attach the Apple Smart Cover.

    I also have a back case and I wondered if it may not have to do with this. Apple didn't release any official back cover for the second gen Pro, and I wondered if it may not have to do with the device overheating. Since I have this aftermarket case, the heat may not be able to get out, and thus, it gets out from the screen side. Maybe that could also explain why my screen can be pushed back.
  2. Newtons Apple Suspended

    Newtons Apple

    Mar 12, 2014
    Jacksonville, Florida
    I am sure if it only gets hot after playing games or videos, it is normal. The CPU creates lots of heat, not to mention the back lighting. The iPad has no vents so it dissipates heat through the device surfaces.
  3. kazmac macrumors 604


    Mar 24, 2010
    On the silver scream
    My 2nd gen 12.9" gets hot a lot more frequently lately too. I have a third party back case on it, but I do not think this is a culprit.

    I know part of the heat comes from gaming (Fruit Ninja and Smash Hit (which my iPhone 7+ has problems with sometimes), but it's also warmed up considerably when I am drawing or multi-tasking. Also, when the battery is getting low it tends to warm up too. I suspect the latter is the cpu is pushing harder to compensate for the battery drain.

    This started happening prior to my upgrading to 11.3, but I notice it even more now. If it escalates, I will use my AppleCare.
  4. AdamNC macrumors member


    Feb 3, 2018
    Leland NC
    My IPad Pro gets warm near the same area. It was fairly warm after watching The Last Jedi in full HD and that is 2 hours and 33 mins. I have a case on mine also. ProCase. I think it’s normal.
  5. Noctilux.95 macrumors 6502

    Jan 20, 2010
    Stop watching porn and the screen will cool off!
  6. Jardins de Vin thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jardins de Vin

    Nov 6, 2012
    Glad to hear it's "normal" although I'm still scared something might happen.
  7. aevan macrumors 68030


    Feb 5, 2015
    It’s a very powerful device with passive cooling. 2nd gen especially, running some apps in 120Hz. Running demanding apps will get it warm, and it’s normal. It’s not normal only if it’s really really hot, like, “you can’t hold your hand on it hot”.
  8. sracer macrumors 604


    Apr 9, 2010
    For comparison, my (2+ yr old) 1st gen 12.9 Pro never gets hot. When pushed, gaming and/or video rendering, it would OCCASIONALLY get warm. (not every instance of those activities resulted in it getting warm). I don't have a case, just a thin piece of clear Con-Tact paper.
  9. walkthruwalls macrumors member


    Apr 30, 2014
    waters of Thailand
    I wont worry much about it. Its normal behavior. If it adds to your peace of mind, you can remove your iPad Case during intensive use to help dissipate heat but imho not really necessary. But in the event the iPad gets close to dangerous temperatures, it will give you a warning to cease using to prevent damage.


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