After a report that the iPad 2012 reached temperatures of 116F after heavy loads, many tech writers and consumers (and let’s face it, a lot of Apple haters) overreacted to the “issue” and Heatgate was born. Some were calling this Tim Cook’s first crisis as CEO of Apple. Others, including everyone at Slide to Play and Padvance that owns a new iPad, didn’t find anything extraordinary about the heat. A recent study shows that there’s nothing unusual about the heat generated by the iPad 2012 and in some cases the competition runs hotter. Check out the numbers below.
The chart above is from a recent article by Wired. The temperatures were taken after playing Dead Space for 30 minutes. While it’s not the most graphically-intensive game on the market, it’s a fairly aggressive one that’s available on both Android and iOS.
As you can see from the numbers, the iPad 2012 didn’t get extraordinarily hot in the test. The Asus Transformer Prime, with its powerful Tegra 3 processor, topped the temperature charts. Less powerful tablets like the Amazon Kindle Fire and the BlackBerry PlayBook also generated more heat, despite their weaker processors. The takeaway here is that it’s not just a matter of CPU and GPU power; air flow and internal engineering are important factors too.
The bottom line, as “Stone Cold” Steve Austin was so fond of saying, is that there doesn’t appear to be anything unusual about the heat generated by the latest iPad.