Seeking heat with the Heat Seeker, an infrared thermometer. James Martin/CNET
week in review Apple kicked off the week on a roll, announcing iPads over the weekend, not counting preorders. That handily beat previous iPad launches, and put the debut of the third-generation device close to the launch of the iPhone 4S last year, from a sales perspective. it sold 3 million
Following that announcement, and news that the company will tap its $100 billion cash pile by
, Apple stock hit the $600 mark and paying a regular dividend to stockholders . finished above it for the first time
But things started to heat up amid reports, including one from influential Consumer Reports, that the latest iPad runs on the warm side compared with previous models. Apple maintained that the new model's heat is "operating
," and CNET Labs started running its own tests. well within our thermal specifications that yes, the new iPad runs warmer than its predecessor, but it's no hotter than your average laptop, and the temperature is is not extreme enough to change our overall favorable opinion of the device.
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