It’s no secret by now that the new iPad has been very successful in terms of sales. In just four days 3 million units were sold, which according to Apple was some sort of record. Moreover, reviews of the new iPad have been generally positive. The Retina display, in particular, has received a great deal of praise from users and reviewers alike.
Recently, though, a couple of problems have arisen. The first is a potential overheating issue and the second has to do with data consumption. It is not yet clear how damaging these issues are, although if users are to be believed they represent pretty serious issues for anyone owning this new iPad.
Let’s consider the over-heating issue first. Recently a number of users have reported that the new iPad can, in some cases, be “too hot to hold.” The Dutch site Tweakers claimed that the new iPad was 5C (or 41F) hotter
than the iPad 2. And then Consumer Reports discovered that the temperature rose signficantly when playing Infinity Blade 2 (a popular game).
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Apple, on the other hand, were quick to respond to the critisms. In a statement they released to the Huffington Post they said: “The new iPad delivers a stunning Retina display, A5X chip, support for 4G LTE plus 10 hours of battery life, all while operating well within our thermal specifications.”
So far it seems that this will not be enough to satisfy all iPad owners, with some suggesting that the only sensible of course of action is to return the iPad and/or get a cheap ipad 2 instead. It should be pointed out, though, that not all users have experienced over-heating problems. It appears that the issue arises only in cases where users play 3D games for extended periods of time. Those that use their iPad primarily for other things will not, it seems, feel any extra heat at all.
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That said, there is another issue to consider – the 4G LTE data consumption issue. The 4G/LTE iPad is said to consume a user’s data allotment in rapid time. This of course results in larger bills, leaving many iPad owners frustrated and dissatisfied. The issue will affect people who use the 4G connection to watch movies or download games, for instance. On the one hand, users will be pleased to surf faster and stream content more quickly. On the other hand, they will be unhappy with the extra money that this will end up costing them. One solution to this issue that has already been suggested is to use Wi-Fi whenever possible. This is not an ideal solution, however, as many users specifically wish to use 4G LTE. Nor do they want to see their data limits exceeded within a matter of days or hours.
For the sake of balance, it should be noted that these potential disadvantages are (in the opinion of many) offset by the new iPad’s stunning Retina display. In addition, Apple’s latest tablet is said to provide 10 hours of battery life, which is a pleasing feature. However, it’s possible that some prospective tablet owners might now wish to consider other tablets on the market. Fortunately, there are many to select from Making the right tablet choice is a matter of determining your needs, evaluating prices and considering the various models that achieve the highest ratings.
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