Apple’s New iPad Vs. Consumer Reports: Overheating, or Overblown?

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March 21 2012 1:59 PM

Apple’s New iPad Vs. Consumer Reports: Overheating, or Overblown?

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(In this photo illustration, A view of the back of an Apple ipad tablet shows it's Apple logo on February 17, 2011 in London, England. New reports suggest the tablet's heat may be uncomfortable for users after hours of being turned on.)

Photo Illustration by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images

The new iPad is hot! No, really. Consumer Reports has released findings that Apple's new iPad can reach temperatures of 116 degrees Fahrenheit when plugged in and playing games.

Tech blog Gizmodo put this in perspective with a handy chart that shows the new iPad's temperature ranges somewhere between "safe hands washing water" and "first degree burn." While laptops have been known to exceed these temperatures, consumers argue that as a handheld computing device, the iPad’s excessive heat can make that uncomfortable.

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Apple's response? "The new iPad ... (operates) well within our thermal specifications. If customers have any concerns they should contact AppleCare."

Video produced by Jim Festante

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.