Apple VP Clarifies New iPad Battery Situation, Elaborates There Is No Issue With It Whatsoever

Revisiting a story we covered a couple of days ago, an Apple rep has come out and said the way the new iPad handles battery charge does not in any way deviate from the manner in which older iOS devices do so.

Much like the minor hysteria regarding supposed overheating of the new iPad, there seems to have been some confusion, manifested into criticism, with some feeling cheated by learning that a 100% charge isn’t often a ‘full charge’ until around an hour after.

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Thankfully, Apple VP Michael Tchao has spoken out to offer some clarity to the situation. So what’s the low-down? Well indeed, the new iPad does in fact display the iPad as 100 percent charged just before it reaches a fully-charged state, but early adopters needn’t worry, since the same goes for the iPhone and iPod touch. In order to maintain charge at peak level, all of Apple’s devices continue to charge to 100 percent, then discharge a bit and charge back up to 100 percent in a repetitive cycle until the device is disconnected from its power source.

Speaking with AllThingsD today, Tchao said

That circuitry is designed so you can keep your device plugged in as long as you would like . . It’s a great feature that’s always been in iOS.

So it just seems to be a case of paranoia on the part of new iPad enthusiasts and critics alike, most of whom seem more vigilant than ever in making sure every aspect is in the best form possible. The charging mechanism has always been in place, but has remained under the radar it would seem, until now.


As anybody owning a laptop, tablet, smartphone or any portable digital device will know – without battery, they’re essentially worthless – no matter how many bells and whistles are attached. So while the tech world may have been a little over-zealous in presuming something was wrong, the concerns are certainly understandable.

Tschao also added that no matter which point in a cycle the battery is, 10 hours of usage will still be delivered – as promised by Apple.

Aside from the weak Wi-Fi – which the fruit company has yet to comment on – it seems the majority of the early nags and snags can be put to bed.

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