Apple sued over iPad overheating in sunlight

A federal suit is seeking class-action status because Apple's touch-screen tablet turns off when left in sunlight.

Apple is being sued for iPads overheating and shutting off when left in direct sunlight.
Apple is being sued for iPads overheating and shutting off when left in direct sunlight. Sarah Tew/CNET

Most gadget owners know that leaving any piece of electronic equipment in the direct sunlight isn't a great idea. Now an iPad owner, who claims their touch-screen tablet overheats and turns off when left in the sunlight, is suing Apple.

Bloomberg reported Tuesday that the complaint was filed Friday in federal court in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. The suit is seeking class-action status and asks for unspecified damages because the device "overheats so quickly under common weather conditions." The suit says Apple's iPad "does not live up to the reasonable consumer's expectations created by Apple.

It's not the first time we've heard the iPad overheating complaint. Not long after the first iPads went on sale in early April some new owners reported the issue.

PC Magazine editor Zach Honig said on Twitter that he took his iPad out in the sun on a warm day in New York City, and 10 minutes later, it shut down with the message: "iPad needs to cool down before you can use it." Honig said he stuck his iPad in the fridge and it was back to normal a few minutes later.

The Atlantic's blog also compiled known overheating issues, and The Next Web discovered that the iPad's operating temperature is 32 degrees to 95 degrees Fahrenheit when running, or up to 113 degrees Fahrenheit when off.

Still, Apple's been selling iPads at a pretty fast clip. The company said it has sold 3.3 million of the touch-screen tablets between April and June.

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