While the iPad 2012 has been under fire for heat issues (Heatgate?), one usability quirk that’s flying under the radar is charging. The new iPad takes much longer to charge than its predecessor. Considering that its battery is almost twice as big as the iPad 2′s, this isn’t surprising. What is somewhat of a surprise is that the battery does not charge when certain apps, including popular games, are running.
According to Consumer Reports:
Using a thermal imaging camera, Consumer Reports engineers recorded temperatures as high as 116 degrees Fahrenheit on the front and rear of the new iPad while playing Infinity Blade II.
We also noticed that the new iPad wasn’t charging while the game was running and it was plugged in. In fact, the battery continued to drain. It charged normally, however, when we weren’t running a game.
I’ve noticed this myself when playing Final Fantasy Tactics and using different HD movie apps. It seems that the charger isn’t drawing enough power to simultaneously provide juice for heavy-duty apps and charge the battery. Considering that it takes some people around eight hours to fully charge the iPad 2012′s battery, it seems like Apple should have updated the charger too.
How has your experience with the iPad 2012 been in terms of charging? How long does it take you to charge the battery? Have you noticed your iPad not charging when certain games or apps are running?
[Via: Consumer Reports]