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Apple's New iPad Is Hot! Literally!

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This morning, Apple (AAPL) CEO Tim Cook was all smiles during a conference call and alluded to the bombastic sales of the new iPad. "We had a record weekend, and we're thrilled with it," Cook beamed, ensuring the device line will continue to have little trouble competing with Android (GOOG), Amazon (AMZN), and RIM (RIMM) alternatives. While Apple didn't go into specific numbers of the hot-selling tablet, it's safe to assume that many customers spent the last few days excitedly poring through the new device and happily staring into its bright Retina Display.

That is, when they weren't applying salve to their hands and thighs.

According numerous posts on Apple's and MacRumors' forums, the new iPad can get uncomfortably hot during basic usage. One poster wrote, "My new iPad (Verizon 64GB) definitely got significantly warm, almost too warm to hold warm, when running on LTE. Not even doing a lot of downloads (just browsing Twitter) but having the LTE radio on seemed to cause it to get noticeably hot."

Replying within a thread, another posted, "Yep! Mine gets really warm, too. Kind of uncomfortable I must say!

Numerous users appear to echo sentiments mentioned in early reviews, like the one given by Hana Stewart-Smith for ZDNet.

"Accommodating the new battery for the next-generation 4G mobile broadband technology certainly added some heft, but what surprised me most was the heat emanating from the device," Stewart-Smith wrote. "In the ten minutes or so that I had to play around with it, I noticed that it became very warm, very quickly, making me wonder how comfortable it might be for long term use."

TechCrunch's MG Siegler also spoke of similar heat issues in his review. "One other slight downside which I have to assume is related to either the battery or the LTE functionality is that unlike previous iPad models, the new iPad does get noticeably warm in the lower left corner after prolonged use. It's never hot, just warm. But again, I never noticed this on other models."

However, earlier iPads did have a tendency to get warm, even to the point of shutting down, during normal use. The heat issue was addressed by the Next Web following the original generation's release in 2010. The early model would occasionally enter "cool down mode" when used in direct sunlight, prompting the notification "iPad needs to cool down before you can use it."

Comparatively, of the latest iPad line, the issue is attributed to the AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ) LTE models which -- like many 4G devices -- put heavy strain on the larger battery. In turn, the device will get noticeably warmer and potentially uncomfortable to hold.

Forums suggests that if the device runs persistently hot and regular exceeds 95 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the highest point on the iPad's operating temperature range, to have it checked at an Apple Store.

But between the faster processor and the allure of that screen, customers may have a tough time handing their new prized possession over to someone else.
 
 
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