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iPad overheats when exposed to sunlight

Posted on Thursday, April 08 2010 @ 21:56:03 CEST by

Some early adopters of Apple's iPad complain the device is experiencing several problems, including overheating and WiFi connectivity issues. Many people may wish to use the tablet outside, but apparently the device has an operating temperature range of only 0 to 35 degrees Celsius (32 degrees to 95 degrees Fahrenheit). DailyTech reports exposing the iPad to sunlight will cause the device to shutdown as it will rapidly exceed its max temperature.
Among the first to report that the iPad was overheating when exposed to spring sunlight was PC Magazine editor Zach Honig who Twittered that he had received an error message "iPad needs to cool down before you can use it", while playing with the device in New York City. He had to put the insubordinate unit in the fridge to cool it back down enough to resume operation. Other publications, such as The Atlantic, cite numerous customers complaining of similar issues.

The iPad reportedly has an operating temperature of 32 degrees to 95 degrees F (0 to 35 degrees Celsius). When the device heats up to over 113 degrees F it reportedly shuts off to protect itself. Unfortunately, the tightly packaged electronics can't dissipate heat that well and the sun is enough to tip the scales and trigger a temporary iPad death.

Apple has not yet responded on the issue of overheating.
Another frequent problem is that the device may not automatically rejoin a known WiFi network after reboot or waking from sleep. Apple claims third-party WiFi routers with dual-band capability or to blame for this, and recommends creating separate names for separate bands and using the same security settings:
Apple says that creating separate names for separate bands and using the same security settings can fix some of the connection issues. It also suggest updating your wireless router's software. Once you've tried these steps, you should reset your network using Settings > General > Reset > Reset Network Settings.


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Re: iPad overheats when exposed to sunlight
by Anonymous on Saturday, April 10 2010 @ 09:59:58 CEST
What? That's impossible! Apple product is perfect and it just works.


  • Reply by Anonymous on Sunday, April 18 2010 @ 19:08:23 CEST

    It's better than perfect it's magical.
    Therefore it must be the user that is acting as a hot radiator.


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