As a company, Apple is getting used to breaking their own sales records, so the fact that they shipped more than 3 million units of the new iPad in the first three days of availability shouldn’t really come as a great surprise. The next-generation iPad has proved once again that Apple have the winning formula when it comes to tablet devices, something that has manifested through fantastic first weekend sales and will no doubt put the company on an even greater solid financial footing.
However, even with the phenomenal early success of the new iPad, it would seem that the old saying of "you can’t please all the people all of the time" is particularly relevant with some consumers complaining that the Retina display doesn’t warrant the upgrade, as well as noting that the third-generation tablet device runs noticeably hotter than any of its predecessors. Considering consumers pack the power and are the ones who are parting with their cash to purchase the product, they obviously have the right to express their opinion. Matters such as the worth of the Retina display are entirely opinion based, while one person may not think the increased resolution is worthy of an update, another person may think the exact opposite.
However, the running temperature of the device is something that can be empirically proven by a few simple tests. It isn’t a matter of opinion, either the new iPad runs at an elevated temperature or it doesn’t. The guys over at Tweakers.net have decided to prove or dispel this theory by bringing a thermal imaging camera into the game and recording the running temperatures of both iPads. The results of the test have proved that users concerns are indeed accurate, with the exterior of the new iPad reaching 33.6 degrees centigrade compared to the 28.3 degrees reached by its brother, the iPad 2. For those who deal in Fahrenheit, the results were 92.5 and 82.9 respectively.
So there you have it, proof, if it was needed, that the new iPad does indeed run at an elevated temperature when compared to the iPad 2. I personally have had the new iPad since launch day and have never noticed the heating issue, but it would seem that it does exist. A number of users are actually reporting that the heating seems to come from a specific corner of the iPad, which can be seen in the test images, but on the grand scale of things; is ten degree Fahrenheit really a huge issue?