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Apple denies new iPad overheats

Apple has spoken out against claims that the new iPad suffers from overheating issues.

Apple has spoken out against claims that the new iPad gets too warm, claiming that its latest tablet is "operating well within our thermal specifications".

Since the tablet went on sale last Friday, reports have been doing the rounds that one of the new iPad's corners has a tendency to become unduly warm during use.

Apple isn't concerned though, and has told our US sister site CNET, "The new iPad delivers a stunning retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications.

"If customers have any concerns, they should contact AppleCare," it added.

The new iPad's official specs page lists its 'operating temperature' as 0-35C, or 32 to 95F if you prefer temperature scales where water's freezing point isn't zero.

Dutch language site Tweakers.net used an infrared camera to monitor the new iPad's temperature and found that after five minutes of running demanding benchmark tests it warmed up to a toasty 33.6C, which is within Apple's temperature specifications.

Consumer Reports ran a similar test, but found that after 45 minutes of Infinity Blade 2 (a graphically demanding game), the new iPad reached 116F, which is above Apple's operating temperature.

I've run a battery of benchmark tests on the new iPad, and I've found that it does indeed get warm when polygons are being chucked around. That's expected though, and I haven't found CNET UK's resident new iPad getting uncomfortably warm or becoming too hot to function.

If you've had a different experience then we want to hear from you, so drop a note in the comments or over on our Facebook wall. More investigations into these heat claims will surely follow, so keep your peepers trained to this site for news as it emerges.

I've given the new iPad the review treatment already, awarding it four out of five stars. I reckon it's the best tablet money can buy, but it's a modest upgrade, so it's still worth checking out the iPad 2 if you're looking to save cash. Here's a video:

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